Skype calls with my bro @prestonsam was a much-needed distraction tonight. Me: “I don’t want to study anymore.” Preston: “Don’t say I didn’t warn you so.” I’m supposed to be the older, wiser one. #brotherhood #ohana #family #communication #Skype #potd #studytime #conversations #studybreak
While I’m writing agenda items for my Social Media Department meetings that I have to lead on Monday
My little brother, Paul, is studying for his History final.
It’s kind of funny watching him study over Skype. It’s like I’m actually there, feeling the stress of undergraduate finals with him. I kind of see a bit of myself, what I was like back at UCLA. Through Skype, we’re pretty much keeping each other accountable to doing our “homework.” Yes, I tend to forget I’m a student too sometimes.
Although I’m thankful I’m no longer an undergraduate, graduate level work has its own stressors. For example, getting a C in grad school is pretty much equivalent to an F.
All part of growing up.
My first picture as a 26-year-old was taken at 12:50 am over Skype with my little brother, Paul.
Birthdays and holidays are always the hardest when you lose someone you love. While I know my sister’s in a better place, it doesn’t change the fact that I think about her and miss her on my birthdays. And so God uses people like Paul to encourage and strengthen me on my most vulnerable days (1 Thessalonians 5:11) and to remind me of the hope I have in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:1-10).
I know he didn’t have to, but Paul spent the first two hours of my birthday to encourage and strengthen me; it was exactly what I needed. I’m thankful that God placed him in my life, like He did with my other brothers. Yup, I have a new brother. My family is growing.
Wow, so I’m 26, huh? I pray that God will use me somehow this year.
Last night, Paul, Brandon, and I had fun recording videos and posting them on various friends’ walls. Tim was watching one of the videos and started laughing. His face was priceless!
Discussing life with the bro.
In 3 hours we talked about:
- How our weekends went
- What the Bible says about getting tattoos
- Working out
- Music and how we’ll record a song or two and post on YouTube
- My various friends who are in the music industry
- My bro’s music career
- Women, especially the Christian ones
Yup, typical guy stuff. We didn’t even talk about
alcohol. Actually, I talked about my party-infused undergraduate past.
I’m not going to lie. Not seeing some of my fraternity brothers in over a month has made me appreciate them and miss them a whole lot more.
Thank God for Skype. Although I’m not able to see them physically, at least I could see and talk to them in real time.
So, I Skyped with Jared.
A nice surprise was discovering that Christine is pledging Alpha Delta Chi sorority.