“I am not the most likable person on this planet. That is, well, putting it lightly. Those who know me from Carnegie Mellon will understand that I love to voice my opinion and tend to be difficult to work with. Those who know me from high school will probably take a more extreme view, and rightfully so. Then there are those that have known me for almost two decades. Ill let you figure out the rest…
I like to be a productive person and at times I loose sight of the impression I make on those surrounding me. It’s something I strive to improve, and that is for another post.
There are three people who have truly had to put up with the brunt of my personality. My two parents and my brother Daniel. An extreme difference would be the fact that Dan never had the authority to punish me when I got out of line, he essentially just had to deal with me.
So let’s just get one thing out of the way early. Ask anyone that knowns him and they will tell you that my little brother is one of the kindest people you will ever meet. Now that we have established as such, I would like to go deeper into the kind of challenges my brother face when growing up. You might think this is an exaggeration, but I hope you realize the significance when I tell you that the challenge he faced was me.
I had some serious issues growing up and often any outrage I built up at school was brought home. My brother got the short end of the stick every time he got into an argument with me. For years and years he was constantly handing over the remote, sitting in the back seat of the car, and the first one to do the dishes. I would get mad at my brother for reasons that lacked any serious sense, and yet it was extremely rare for him to ever act as irrational as I did. He was calm, and over the years he was assertive in ways that actually caused me to change my behavior. He truly made me a better person after everything that I had did to him, and for that I am eternally grateful.
My brother has this enormous level of dedication which on March 23rd 2012 paid off. My brother shot the best golf game of his life, a 79. For those of you who don’t know, shooting a 79 is extremely similar to the type of games that College Players shoot. It’s insane for someone his age to be putting up those numbers, but it goes way past his dedication to the game.
As a youth in an adult game, my brother had to considerably change his attitude towards society. In short, he became an adult when he decided to take golf to the next level. I remember his chemistry teacher telling me how proud he was of my brother for the change that he underwent in his junior year of high school. This game that my brother had was excellent, but the true goal he accomplished in my mind is becoming an adult.
In the last few years of my time in New York, dan was my person. He was always there to help me with any issues I had and he truly was the best friend I ever could have asked for. I owe him my life for the person he has made me and I can’t wait to see the person he becomes in the future.
It is truly an honor for me to call Daniel Jared Schwartz my little brother.”