Four years ago when you came into this world, while I was super excited, I was also super skeptical about your survival. Even though I wanted you to live long, I was always fearful of losing you.
You were a baby of a nation who had been deprived of their right to have you for several years and so, naturally, everyone wanted to pamper you. While you were ours, we still weren’t allowed to keep you close. We were desperate to bring you home to nurture you and shower you with all our love but we had to be a little too careful because we didn’t want to risk your life. Nope, not at any cost. You were that baby who we gave birth and then sent to a faraway boarding school because if we wanted anything for you, it was an assurance of a secure and happy future.
And so began our long-distance but larger-than-life relationship.
With each passing year, you kept coming closer to your home, to your people, to where you always belonged.
With each passing year, your strength kept giving us strength.
With each passing year, your achievements kept making us feel like our own.
With each passing year, you kept growing and moving forward while subtly helping us get rid of all our fears.
With each passing year, with your ever-increasing glory, you kept showing the world what resilience and courage you and your nation is capable of.
This year you turned four and you were undoubtedly four times more beautiful and brave.
This year I also finally got the chance to meet you in person and I’ve been trying to pen down that experience since days now. I’ve been trying to give words to my feelings pre, peri, and post our meeting but I keep failing. I don’t want to use the words that might miss out the true essence of that out-of-this-world feeling and I think I’ll never find the right words. But then we are above and beyond any and all words, right?
Thank you for coming home. Thank you for reviving the whole world’s faith in our homeland. Thank you for being a reason of joy for millions of us. Thank you for never failing to remind us that we absolutely deserve this happiness.
With love, love, and love. Always. 💚