As you turn 12…

Dearest 1st Born,

You are now a year away from officially getting into your teens. You must be excited and I am already planning on how to celebrate this. Why don’t we do it this way? As a build up to this celebration, I have 12 wishes for you on your 12th birthday. We could work on this┬átogether for the next 12 months.

#1 Explore Hinduism as a way of life (not as a religion) – I will join you
#2 Meditate and mindfulness – I will guide you
#3 Discover your mother tongue – I will help you
#4 Build your bookreview channel – I will co-create with you
#5 Realize ‘Live and let live’ – I will let you express freely
#6 Bug your lil bro – I will join you
#7 Build new music notes – I will hear you
#8 Throw your tantrums and mood swings at me – I will bear you
#9 Bond with old and pick some new friends – I will push you forward
#10 Make more mistakes and fail or fall – I will watch your back
#11 Be a little more generous – I will support you
#12 Lastly, whatever you do ‘Be You’ – I will be proud of you.

You were the first person who brought tears and smiles at the same time for the first time in my life. Thanks for everything.

Happy birthday my dearest First Born ­čÖé

36 years Wise

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When you are able to see beyond:
– a call at 12 AM from your childhood friend to be the first to wish you (inspite of knowing he has very bleak chances)
– your otherwise Orthodox mom breaks her prayer to give you a special hug and does a special prayer for you
– your kids leave clues in birthday cards to lead to their hand-picked gifts for you
– your WhatsApp notifications just stop from being silent
– your half of the day goes in replying to Facebook wishes
– your security guy remembers your birthday and wishes you with a big smile and a hesitant hug
– your team at work honors you in more than one way
– your frenemies dump the differences to call and wish you

…hold to that thought. Take pride in the fact that you touched these souls. The magnitude might differ but the fact remains.

Side Note: There’s a pretty strong reason why I feel I am 36 years wise (versus old), and the reason is YOU. Thanks for your love and support through the way.

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