As you turn 17 today and march towards your 18th birthday, I, a proud mom of a beautiful daughter not only feel overwhelmed but also have a lot to say. I still remember the first time I held you in my arms. Honestly speaking, I neither felt complete nor there were any motherly feelings as people say. The bond between you and me developed slowly and gradually. I learnt to walk the ropes of motherhood and very soon we became the best of buddies.
Without responsibility, freedom becomes reckless, unrestraint and at times destructive. Don’t do anything, simply because others are doing it. This doesn’t validate a particular thing. Think about pros and cons of each and everything. In this fast paced world where everyone is running frantically, driven by consumerist desires, just remember the reason behind your running. I am not telling you to be non–competitive or non-ambitious but your priorities should be very clear to you. Money should neither be the deciding factor nor the driving factor for anything. If you are contented to do what makes you happy, money will follow you. Remember, the simple and basic things of life are free of cost.
Set your own priorities, targets and destinations. Do what makes you happy. If you are not convinced about a certain thing, don’t ever do it. Believe me, it hurts. You can’t live your whole life by making adjustments and doing compromises. Don’t compromise on your self-respect and self esteem.
Learn from wherever you get to learn. Don’t think about its utility. Knowledge attained never goes wasted. PASSION, HARD WORK, PERSEVERANCE can create paths even in the most difficult terrains. Hard work always pays. Your father is testimony to it. He didn’t follow the already treaded path but made a path of his own.
My heart cries when I visualise you moving away from me but then I draw courage from the birds that raise their birdies and let them fly on their own. Like a mother bird, I am ready with heavy heart to set you free in this beautiful world. I feel proud to see my caterpillar breaking its cocoon and emerging as a beautiful butterfly, ready to start her journey…
Being a Bollywood buff, I would sign off with the song “ tu jahan jahan rahegi , mera saaya saath hoga….”. As I always say, wherever you go, whatever you do, I will always be there for you. So LAADO, the World is yours and you are free to fly….!!
Happy Parenting with Budding Star !