Entry 24: Antagonist
I was once told that we are both someone's protagonist and antagonist.
I have a brother who is about to turn 16 this upcoming Monday. He is an influential character in my life in many good and bad ways, he's one of the goofiest persons I know, and I love him more than he knows. This Blog Entry is a little about my brother, Chris.
Ever since I was in middle school, my younger brother would always wanted my stuff. Most of my valuables consisted of LEGO creations and such; things that easily break and can get lost. Every time I would place my things on the top shelf, he would climb up it to play with my toys, and thus, break it. Before he ever came into the picture, I would play with my toys. After he was born, I would instead attempt to rebuild my stuff that obviously had missing pieces, which was no fun.
Since I was the older brother with more experience, I could easily beat him at video games and life. He was a terrible player, so naturally I placed the odds in his favor to give myself a challenge. A victory for him was always rewarding, so his life goal was to at least win against me.
With age comes intelligence (ideally), so my dad and I would always make jokes about him even though he never understood them. He would always get frustrated and attempt to make his own jokes, even though they made no sense at all. One of his infamous "talents" is to make a series of noises, most of which are annoying, yet they satisfy him.
All these traits build up as character over the years. His cycle of breaking things actually helped develop my building skills. His years of video game losses actually made him be persistent and a great player, some of skills included finding tactical methods, or cheats, to beat those who are better than him. And his prolonged torment transformed him into one of the wittiest and goofiest individuals I know.
All in all, my brother has always been behind my tail and stepping on it, but his vindictive nature helped me become a tolerant and reasonable man. In an interesting way, his foils and destructive habits provided me a great service. He is both my antagonist and protagonist, and I thank him for that.