Reax to the SarahCuda from NRO
Operation Gothic Serpent, OCT 1993

Ask an Infantryman -- MAN WANTS OUT FROM TRAILING IN YOUNGER BROTHER'S SHADOW

Infantrymen, your advice is needed:

MAN WANTS OUT FROM TRAILING IN YOUNGER BROTHER'S SHADOW


DEAR CHUCK Z: I'm a 24-year-old male. My younger brother, "Chaz," is 22 and has always been extremely popular with everyone -- parents, grandparents, guys, girls. He is the better-looking, more talented, smooth-talking brother.

Chaz and I have been close growing up, sharing the same hobbies and doing the same things. But ever since I can remember, people have walked past me on their way to flock around him. The only time girls talk to me is when they ask about him. Chaz juggles three gorgeous girlfriends who know about each other but are still crazy about him.

I don't consider myself ugly or awkward. I do OK. I'm thought of as the nicer, warmer one who people can talk to. I'm not bad at what I do, and I do get compliments on my talents, but often it's followed with, "But your brother ... wow!"

I know I shouldn't compare myself to Chaz, but it hasn't been easy living in his shadow and being seen by everyone as "just his brother." It has done a real number on my self-esteem. What can I do to not let this affect me so much? Should I move someplace where nobody knows him? -- CHAZ'S BROTHER

Your advice for Chaz below, please.


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