Growing up as the "little brother," I've always looked up to my older sister for guidance.
She paved the way for me, showing that if she could achieve something, I could do too and aim higher, cultivating that ever-important growth mindset.
Some of my pivotal life choices, like getting into a tech career and leaving our small town, were influenced by her early decisions. It's amazing how her choices seeded the path for my own journey.
I've been wondering what it would be like to be the "big brother" - someone who share the same starting point of his/her sibling but is simply just a bit ahead of time, armed with more life experiences, lessons, and all the small wins and losses along the way. I may be romanticizing it a bit, but I imagine it'd be incredibly rewarding to witness your younger sibling triumph.
Though I'll never be the "big brother" in real life, this morning with my fellow Tewantin runners, I felt like one. I'm still beaming for the smiles and the shared sense of accomplishment after the 10km Time Trial at the end of our 9 weeks training block. Everyone ran faster and stronger than they thought possible, and personally, it was a moment of great pride.
I thought to my self "If I can do it, so can you. And I believe you can do it even better."