I welcome you to this beautiful world you just stepped on. You may not know how lucky you are to possess life. Death makes us cry and life sparks us with pleasure. You are too young to decipher the codes of nature, in fact, we all are, too new, too kid to comprehend the nature itself. You are one in a billion if we consider only The Earth and if we talk about The Universe, You are very petite. So you are a lot lucky to exist, just like us. I am not very experienced to tell you or to teach you what life is, I am just 17 years older than you. But I wish to share whatever I have learned so far.
1. Love your life, live your life.
Upon knowing how crucial and beautiful life is, you must understand how much you should love it. If you want to run, you run. If you want you to jump, you jump. If you want to fly, break your bones, but try. If you enjoy drawing, colors and papers are all yours, If you like to dance, don’t let the clamor lower your music. If you want to ask, get your answers. Sing with all your heart, dance in the rhythm of nature, walk in the air of happiness, smile from ear to ear, laugh like you are being tickled, do not let your problems steal your beautiful smile, do not let your fears stop your dancing.
2. Seek knowledge.
A kid asks questions more than an adult. People have noticed a kid is curious, he or she wants to know everything. He asks questions like What is Sun, where is it, who named things, why are there 28 days in February, why is the earth sphere? As the time passes, we somehow lose our curiousness, something kills it. Our Education system and our society are the murderers. Our education system has always focussed on the grades. It does not matter how much you learn, it does matter how much you score. Since the beginning, we are taught, pressurized to score not just the better, but best. Not the knowledge, but the marks are considered a standard to rank our intelligence. Sadly, I have to say that our education system has ruined us. Always focus on learning. There is a lot to learn, a lot to ask, a lot to answer. Do not let your curiousness die, with it dying a part of you dies too. Keep asking questions and if no one answers, find your answers yourself. Feed your curious brain as much as possible. Do not keep the education limited to your question papers. Education is a wide term, with no boundaries. Also, reading makes you a wise person. Reading is an investment. Read a book a month. Read articles. Knowledge is everywhere, not just in your syllabus. Everyone one knows something that you don’t. You can learn from anyone, your teacher, your parents, your maid, your cook, your driver, the shopkeeper, even the plants, and animals. Everyone is your teacher and you are and always will be a student. Be keen, look for knowledge and you will perceive it. Learning has no age limit, curiousness has no boundaries. Share your wisdom as much as you can. Your wealth, status, power may force people to respect you but your knowledge will make people respect you. Have fun while learning!
3. Embellish your surroundings.
The world is a beautiful place and your role is to make it prettier. Wickedness is already widespread, goodness is rare. Your job is to make the world a good place, a heaven with alive bodies and souls. Help people, be a good citizen, inspire people. Nature is beautiful as you can see, try to clean it more and more and do not litter anything, nor garbage, neither blood.
4. Love everyone, hate none.
Hate is a massive word. You may like someone a little lesser, but there are almost no reasons to hate. You will be taught to hate. You will be taught to discriminate. Lessons of casteism, sexism, racism would be certainly taught to you, make sure to bid goodbye to these concepts as soon as they enter your mind. We all are equal. No one is below you and you are lower to no one. We all have equal potential, equal powers, and are equally beautiful. Different flaws are making us differently beautiful. We do not need to know how different we are to live together. Practicing discrimination degrades you. No matter what, you ought not to shame anyone. You shouldn’t criticize someone upon anything. Your inhumanity may break their hearts, weaken them, kill their hopes, kill a person internally. (Ins. The Kite Runner) Stealing is the worst crime. When you make someone feel bad you steal his or her happiness. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. A person who does not knows to respect can never be truly respected. There are more people who deserve the love that you have kept to yourself. Shaming is not fun. More you spread love, more you get it. It is good which is praised, not the bad. Remember, gods, are worshipped in temples, not the devils. Lord Ram, Krishna are worshipped for their good deeds. APJ Abdul Kalam is the person our world was lucky to have, People cried upon losing him. He was a good person. No one misses Osama bin Laden. Evilness forcibly earns respect, goodness earns the deserving respect and love. When you earn something you deserve, you obtain happiness. When you earn something forcibly, you just get enough to feed your self-esteem. If hurting someone does not hurt you, you are degrading as a human being. Do not let that happen to yourself. Treat others in a way you wish to be treated. Helping does not lose you anything remarkable but lets you gain respect and more love.
5. Your dream is your aim.
What is your dream? Close your eyes, think about the things you want to do, what do you want the most? what do you want to become? Where do you want to go? What makes you smile? Write down the answers. Prioritize them. Gradually fulfill them. Let no one and nothing stop you. If there are obstacles, win over them. Get up as soon as you fall, run as soon as you stop. Get what you want. Your dreams are your goals. Never stop dreaming. No, my friend, nothing is impossible. No one knows enough to tell you what you cannot do. Do not let anyone tell you what you cannot do. Because you can do everything you can think of if you try harder. You are never too young to dream, never too old to fulfill. Find the ways to fulfill them, give yourself a treat. You deserve it. If someone stops you from accomplishing your dreams, do not stop, a dream once dead, may take years to reborn.
6. Little actions.
There are many people whose work you may adore, be it a writer, a painter, a teacher, an engineer, an activist, housekeeper, musician, dancer, compliment them if you like their work. This would make them smile, boost their confidence, make their day. Spread motivation, not demotivation. Reasons to cry are easy for everyone to find, let people find happiness within you. Pass smiles! Pass a smile to a stranger. Smiling is the sweetest gesture. Pass a smile because you are happy, pass a smile because you love your life, pass a smile because this would make the other smile. Tell people if you like their hair, dress, outfit, face or behavior. Let people know their strengths. A lot are already acquainted with their weaknesses.
7. Love and respect your gods.
God is a creator. Your parents gave you the privilege to live, all you have is given by them. Parents are the only people who give you without any expectation to take. Parents love you unconditionally. You will always have the warmth of your parents’ love. Love and respect them the most. Others may someday leave you in your crisis, parents will get in to save you from the same. Love your parents unconditionally, always.
8. Ignorance is a bliss.
The world is full of people. If there are people who adore you, there might be some you may criticize you. There is no need to fight. Fighting does not solve things, it complicates them. Smile and move. Your kindness will make them think about theirs. As said by someone, Kindness is the rent we must pay for living on the land of The Earth. Everyone will judge you, on your goods and bads too; mostly on bads. Don’t let negative opinions crowd up your mind space. Do not spoil your mood just keep dancing to the beats of life.
9. Live like you.
Yes, you can have fun, whenever you want to, In between exams, when you are sick, at 3 am, whenever you wish to. There should be no reason to hate your life. Take care of your health as well amidst the fun. A healthy life is a happy life. Be you and the world will be it. Celebrate Birthdays! The birth was the best thing happened to you and continuing living should be celebrated.
10. Observe everything.
Do not sit idle, when you have nothing to do, lookout things, people, observe. Try thinking from their perspective, try living their lives, observe how they do things, study them. Try to understand them, keep learning. Everything inspires and procures ideas.
11. Less virtual, more real.
Spend the most of your time offline. Do not let social media or screen games devour your precious time. Time is a valuable thing to lose. Invest the time in playing among nature, observing, learning, smiling, laughing and crying. Do not create any social media account before you are 13. When you have the real world to live in, why to exist in a virtual one?
Remember, in problems, in happiness, in confusion, in boredom, and in sorrow, I’ll always be by your side. Feel free to share anything.
Good luck, mate. Hope you will help this world prosper. <3
(I wrote this letter for my cousin. Some changes have been made here. This is not the complete version.)
What lessons do you want to include for your younger brothers or sisters? Share in the comments. 🙂