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Today’s prompt is ‘Letter to Yourself’
My dear 25 year old younger self,
If I were to meet you today, you would actually laugh at me. Or even mock me for what I have turned into. But, you know what? I might mock back too. But then that’s obvious, isn’t it? I now belong to a different world with different dreams and different aspirations. But that’s good news! Because change as you grow old is only a sign of one thing, that you are growing up to be wise. There are a couple of things I want to point out to you specifically –
Once a hustler, Always a hustler
Remember how you were always hustling. Amidst your academic curriculum, extra-curricular activities you were always on a hunt for part time jobs to earn your expenses. You liked to be financially independent then. Well not much has changed. I am still a hustler with two kids, a joint family to handle and a passion to follow. In the 10 years that have passed in between, I have saved a decent amount to take care of my personal expenses. Thus my desire to be financial independent still stands. Even though my current situation does not give much scope for a full time job, I have still managed to keep the inflow of funds coming.
The Poise Still Remains
Remember how you were considered to be extremely strong headed and ready to take on any challenge that came your way. Back then the challenges were mostly related to academics, projects and assignments and your relationship with friends and classmates. Well, even today my challenges remain the same. Only they are academics and extracurricular activities for son Nik. I have my own projects to see through too, but they tend to take a back seat at times. I try my best to not let my passion suffer, for which I still approach life with the same poise to maintain a balance between my personal space and people’s expectations around me. As you grow old, expectations of your near and dear ones weighs down a little more heavily on you. Remember this.
Patience Is A Real Virtue
Remember, how one of the friends introduced you to his fiancé as the no-nonsense girl in the group? Yes, you were like that then. No patience for small talk, inconsequential activities and illogical discussions. You thought it was a unique virtue you held. But remember how that kept people at an arms distance from you. They almost feared your reactions. I discovered a bigger virtue. Thy name is PATIENCE. I discovered that it’s better to give the other person a chance before making a judgment. In most situations, it does not matter, who makes the mistake. What matters is that if the person is important enough, the relationship must not suffer at the hands of one wrong action.
The Spiritual Quest
I recall an incident when you stumbled upon a spiritual Guru and decided to follow his preaching to bring calmness in your life. You were dissuaded by many then. Everyone was of the view that you can’t be on a spiritual path so early in life. Also, you did not actually find any benefits of following the spiritual lessons you learnt then. Today, I have found my spiritual anchor and am finally able to meditate. I understand that Love, Kindness and Gratitude are the most important virtues one must practice in order to invite Love, Kindness and gratitude back into one’s life.
Life Gets More Beautiful By The Day
I know you feared growing old. The idea of getting married scared you no limits. Further, the thought of having kids and baring it all for them sounded almost alien for a person of you demeanor. But look, life has not come to an end after marriage or after kids. I admit that a lot of challenges came accrued with the role of a wife, a daughter-in-law and a mother. But who said that life would have been sans challenges if I had not married. Also, you may tend to think that I do not have a high flying corporate career to look forward to that would have brought me recognition. I am in no rush to achieve a career goal anymore. But I have time in my hands now, to follow my passions. I dedicate a lot of time for arts & crafts creating DIY gifts for my loved ones. I am working on my writing skills to become the story teller that you always wished to become.
I do not fear the future anymore. I know every phase of life will bring with it, its own set of challenges. But there will also be a unique set of joys to party for. I can’t wait for my kids to grow up into fine gentlemen. I can’t wait for myself and my husband to grow old together and enjoy each and every day on the way. We have eons of journeys to plan, ideas to execute and love to share.
Life indeed gets beautiful by the day. So do not fret in fear of what future holds for you. Just live one day at a time and enjoy yourself.
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