Reposted from @adnansid1
- Maryam Jaan, my eldest born celebrating her 14th birthday with her friends.
While my heart beams with happiness and joy to see you turn 14. Here’s a small heartfelt message for you:
You are one of the three best gifts I’ve ever had and I feel blessed every single day.
Most of all, I am proud to have you as my daughter and my friend. I want to tell you, that I am so proud of the young woman you have become.
Darling, life is a journey, it is a lesson and you will make many mistakes during this journey. Yes, you’ll make mistakes. Make them. That’s where growth happens. Learn from those mistakes because if you continue to make them, they are no longer mistakes but choices. I have made many mistakes during my life, but that is OK, they have made me stronger as they will you.
Disappointment, defeat, and despair are tools just as achievements and happiness are. Life gives us these tools to show us the way to go, you just got to learn to read the signs.
Smart is the new cool. Never be ashamed of being smart or nerdy or even loving nailpaint and makeup. Smart never goes out of style, it stays with you as you grow, and it will lead you down the most successful paths.
See the world. Experience new cultures, religions, people, and places. Open your heart and mind to the tremendous benefits of seeing new things.
Have confidence in yourself. A positive self-image assures power, strength, ability, and value. It will enable you to conquer your goals and allow you to fearlessly pursue your biggest dreams.
Live your life with purpose and give purpose to your life. Never turn a blind eye to someone in need.
Do something that you enjoy all by yourself once in a while. Enjoy your own company. That is something that took me a long while to do.
Don’t be afraid to disagree with people, not everyone will think the same as you.
We all have to go through things, lots of nice things and some hurtful. You will get your heart broken, but know this, you will recover!
Most of this will mean nothing to you as of now, read it again in about 10 years, then it will.
Happy Birthday my beautiful girl. Wherever you go, be the light.
Love always, - #regrann