An Open Letter to My Bro.

Dear Bro,

Be a man who follows through. One of the interesting things I’ve been learning lately, is how much I value a man who is dependable, respectful and understands what it means to follow through. 

Be a man someone can depend on.

Be a man who sticks to his word.

Be a man who doesn’t over promise and also understands how much weight even a single, simple promise can hold. 

Be a man who respects a person enough to tell them the truth, even if it’s not what the other person wants to hear, or even what you want to say. Don’t let fear get the best of you.

Be a man who you would trust.

These are all the things I wish for you. You have grown up from the little side-part, “I-want-to-wear-my-cowboy-boots-to-bed” boy into an intelligent, artistic, handsome and thoughtful man who values family, loyalty, honesty and respect. You treat mom and me the way women deserve to be treated, and I am so grateful that we also have a father who has been such a strong example of the type of men I want to surround myself with. “It’s the principle…” Pops would say. Now I know what he means…and Pops, “the principle” is important to me too. You two have never let me down. When you say you’ll be somewhere, you are there. When you see that I need help, you don’t wait for me to ask. Thank you for being men I can count on.

Remember that the girls and women that you meet are also sisters, moms, or daughters, just like me. Be the type of man you would want me to be with. Keep being that man. Then push yourself and challenge yourself to be better than that man. You are capable of it. You already are doing it. I’m so proud of you and I know that someday you will make a woman very happy. Always strive for better–for you, for your future “her,” and for me.

Follow through.