Brian Hammel,

Little, you humble me.

When you reach out to me asking for advice, I'm always baffled. What in the world did I ever do to have the honor of giving YOU advice? 

Even so, sharing life and wisdom with you forces me to be introspective. It allows me to reflect on the choices I've made and how they've affected my current situation. While I look at my life and see a mess, it's a blessing to know that someone finds some sort of meaning in it.

Life isn't linear and it's full of the grey areas. It's rarely organized and it often doesn't make sense. The world will tell us one thing while our heart tells us the complete opposite. I know this drives you crazy but it's good to know i'm not alone.

You, sir, have done it all. You're kind, you're smart, and you're ambitious. I've already seen you achieve great success at Otterbein and beyond its walls. Remember that these triumphs have come from you and your drive to be great. No one can take that away from you.

But also remember that these triumphs don't need to be constant. You're human and you will mess up. These mistakes will only make you a more compassionate and empathic person.

Thank you for continually teaching me new things.

Thank you for sharing humor with me. One of my favorite things in the world is laughing with you.

Thank you for changing the face of a university that is so near and dear to my heart. It's better because of you.

Thank you for all of the magnificent things I already know you'll give to the world beyond college.

Thank you for the privilege of calling you my Little (not that you had much choice in the matter).

I'm so proud of you. I know I've said it over and over again but I truly can't say it enough.

I love you, Brian.