The future is now! Something my brother and I talk about a lot. Not everyone will understand and not everyone will want to try and understand. Just know that if you have a younger person in your life, they are the future and it is up to you to guide them in the right direction now.
I can remember back when my little brother was just a little guy. Jumping around the living room thinking he was a Power Ranger and had no fear. He was always hanging around me and always wanting to know what I was doing and why. We are 13 years apart and he quickly went from 2 years old to many years ahead of his time. Was it good or bad for him to grow up that fast? I do not know for sure but I can say he has accomplished a lot because of him growing so fast.
From him competing nationally in Florida for the national karate championships and taking 3rd place at the age of 6 to dedicating the next 6 years of his life playing ice hockey and being one of the best defensemen around. Being a top player when it came to sports was something that just comes naturally for us Bombich boys. This was just the beginning as he took a deeper interest in what I was doing. I went to school for graphic design and my lille brother would always spend time in my room watching me do my homework. He wanted to know everything there was about my computer and my design work. He wanted to know how I took such amazing photos of him competing in karate tournaments and playing ice hockey.
I taught him everything I knew about photography, graphic design and computers. I could see it in his eyes; he was hooked and thrived for more. It was at this point that I felt my brother had an influence on what I was going to do for the rest of my life. To have someone as young as him and as interested as him in what I did was such an inspiration to push myself harder and move on to bigger and better projects. Around this same time my brother found out what he was going to do the rest of his life. He took everything I taught him and explored his options in the digital world.
Yet again he accomplished more amazing things in his life and at such a young age, I was just amazed! My brother took everything I taught him and expanded it to create and produce some of the most amazing music I have ever heard. He has produced tracks for well known artists, been published, had his music played in clubs and on radio stations and has a number of tracks on the iTunes store. He found what he loves to do and I can see him doing this for the rest of his life.
There is nothing that makes me prouder than to look back and see the journey my brother took, the stuff I taught him and the stuff he explored with on his own. He made all the right decisions and is on the right path to success. To this day I enjoy talking to him weekly about politics, weekly world events, music, photography, technology and just about anything we both share interest in.
When I shoot weddings and the best-man gives his speech (usually the grooms brother) I now understand what they mean when they say their brother is more than a brother, they are their best friend. My brother is my brother, my best friend, my future business partner (in a new business we are planning) and a future leader. I wish him much success and will support him in any decision he may make with his life.
Here are a few photos from his graduation day. Look out for some amazing stuff from him in the future. He is already bigger than I was at his age!