At the finish line.

May 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm 1 comment

In case you missed it Monday, this post is actually part 2 of a 2-part series.  I was planning on posting this yesterday and didn’t get it done!

As mentioned before, the second part of this story is about a marathon.  A marathon that started 15 years ago and finally ended this weekend.

First, let me introduce someone.  This is Dan.

Dan

Dan's "thinker" pose. He's not really known for being on good terms with the camera.

Dan is my younger brother.  Two years younger, to be exact.  And while we share a few similarities – he is also a writer / blogger, he’s also got young kids, we’re both fairly funny – we are very different in many ways.  We both chose very different educational paths, for example.  After high school, I went directly to community college, then a four-year school (Rock Chalk) for my undergrad, and then into a small private college for grad school.  For the most part, I knew what I wanted to study and what programs I wanted to pursue from the very beginning.

Dan took a much more – um – circuitous route through college.  He started at a large local university, then went to a community college, and another community college.  I think some of the transfers were his idea, and others were the school’s idea.  College’s tend to frown upon it when you quit going to class entirely.

Me and Dan

Dan and I posed for a picture as part of Dan's senior pics in 1996.

But he had other things going on in his life, and he had no idea what he wanted to do, so Dan quit school and joined real life instead.  He worked hard, physical jobs.  He met his wife, Carey, and they got married young and started having babies young.  College got pushed aside as life got busy.

Then somewhere along the way, something changed for Dan.  He was tired of too many dead-end jobs and stressed out by too many hours.  In 2007, at the age of 29, he re-enrolled at Butler Community College.  He took traditional classes in a classroom and he took classes online.  After he finished two years at Butler, he transferred to Friends and finished out his bachelor’s degree there.  Through kids’ activities and 70+ hours of work each week and church activities and living life, he persevered. (You can read Dan’s own account of the path he took here.)

This past weekend, my younger brother walked across the stage and received his diploma for his bachelor’s degree.  At the risk of sounding like his sappy sister, I am incredibly proud of him.

Friends graduation, May 7th, 2011.

I know it was difficult.  I know at times he wanted to quit, feeling overwhelmed and stressed and just too busy.  But he kept at it.  He ran his race with perseverance.  And his finish line is also a starting line, because now he has a new race to train for and a new path to choose.

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Entry filed under: Life in general.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Ben Wasted  |  May 12, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I’m not convinced on the part about you both being funny. Funny looking is more like it. 🙂

    Reply

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