As some of you may already know, three years ago on this exact date I discovered that the most important person in my entire life was no longer alive. Three years ago on December 26th, my brother Samson passed away in his Milwaukee apartment. I still remember that day as if it were just yesterday. It’s still so vivid in my eyes. My brother passed away at a very early age, just a few years before hitting 30. I was only 17 (Still a baby) when I dealt with his passing and I’m sure that will forever be the toughest moment of my life. But as time rolls on, we continue to grow for better or for worse. For example, during the previous times when I wrote about the death of my brother, I would fight back tears, and that’s not the case at all this time.
Samson never had the chance to see me graduate from high school, nor get my license, or even see me become a young sports reporter covering our hometown Milwaukee Bucks. Samson shared that same passion for sports that nobody else in my family has. Don’t get me wrong, my siblings all love sports to death as well, but Samson was clearly the runaway die-hard fan (He loved his Pittsburgh Steelers). My point is: There are many things my brother will never be able to experience with me because he’s no longer here.
The most amazing thing that I’ve been able to understand over these last few years is that deep down, Samson and I share a lot of traits that nobody else understands or realizes. It’s not obvious to the naked eye, and I like it that way because only he and I can share that understanding. Sometimes I sit and wonder how our relationship as brothers would be in today’s modern universe. The person I am today is obviously completely different compared to 2010, so I think my growth mentally and physically as man (especially this year), would be so interesting with him. But unfortunately, that can’t happen.
So as you spend the holidays with your loved ones, cherish the moments you have with each other. Yes, that might sound a bit cliché but I don’t think a lot of people understand the context behind it.
I think with how crazy our world/country can be at times, the value of life itself and the relationships we have with one another is undervalued. So if you can, find that deep understanding with your sibling like the one that I’ve recently discovered, but before it’s too late.
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