My 18-year-old brother, Nik went to Australia a month ago to visit a childhood friend for a two weeks. It was his first big trip by himself and I was nervous about it (I am sooooo my fathers child). Well, he did more than just survive the trip…he thrived. He loved it there and surprise…surprise…he met a girl (I get it! Those accents!) and a two-week trip got extended into a three-week trip. Ah, young love. When he returned he couldn’t stop thinking about her…they talked every day…and he fell even harder. Ten days ago he came up with a crazy idea…he wanted to fly back and surprise her for Valentines Day. Seriously, my brother is such a romantic.
Problem is…he had no money for the ticket. Kind of a big problem, eh? So he came up with an even crazier idea- start a Go Fund Me page to raise the money for the ticket in seven days. I almost laughed. How would that be possible? Seven days? Well my brother proved the point that when you want something bad enough, anything is possible because he raised 1,200 dollars in six days. Mostly from his friends who donated anywhere from ten to fifty bucks. So sweet, huh?
Last night I dropped Nik off at LAX to embark on his Valentines Day adventure. When we were driving there…I looked over at him and thought…what a great guy. He’s such a loving, alive and adventurous soul. He puts himself out there. He’s brave not only in life but also with his heart and I couldn’t be more proud of the man he is becoming.
Happy Valentines Day, Nikster. Hope your adventure is everything you hoped. Your sister loves you.