my brother and I at his graduation from Potsdam

My Brother’s Graduation

my brother and I at his graduation from Potsdam

Saturday, May 19, my oldest brother Aiden graduated with his bachelor’s in Organic Chemistry (yes I know!!!)

I struggled for awhile because initially I had a bunch of non-personal post topics scheduled, but then I decided wanted to figure out a way to express my pride and admiration for my brother’s amazing achievement outside of a short-form social media caption. After all, so many are graduating from college this spring, and it’s so great to be able to see the ones we love win and be able to share that with the world! I figured no one reading my blog would mind if let my rambling keyboarding fingers coast my way through an open letter.

So, here it is:

Dear Aiden,

I know you’re never going to read this since you’re pretty internet-averse, but that’s okay- I guess that means you’ll never find out that your bratty little sis has a sappy streak 😉

Anyone who’s ever struggled in life knows how debilitating the road to success feels. Everyone always tells you: Things will get better eventually, good luck is right around the corner, or, (and this is my personal favorite), you’ll look back on this one day, and it’ll be the best times of your life.

Yeah, no. You and I both know that’s b.s.

But the one saying I feel is particularly applicable to our personal adversity is this: Your attitude determines your direction. And Aiden, for what it’s worth, I’ve never met anyone with a better attitude than you. 6 long years, you worked through a tangled ball of “life-yarn” that would stymy grown adults, and you emerged a polished, driven, well-spoken aspiring chemist. You have never let anything dull your shine or your potential. And you’re not stopping- this fall, you’ll officially start your PhD program!

You are my hero, and even though I try to tell you as much as I can, it will never be enough. Nothing I could say to any of my older siblings would ever be enough to repay them for leading by example, for showing me the light to guide my path even when I couldn’t see the purpose of the journey.

I guess in a way, most of those sappy sayings are kinda right. But I only really believe in the ones that put emphasis on how a person can change the course of their future with their own two hands. That’s what you’ve done, and what I hope I’m doing day by day.

So here’s to you, big brother. I love you, I like you, I respect you. I cannot wait to see what you do next.


Your little sis

my brother and I, at his graduation, smiling, happy

Who in your life inspires you? I’d love to hear about your siblings- especially if you’re the youngest like me! 🙂

Keep it real,

Maggie <3

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