A letter from a mother to her daughter
As I put you to sleep just now, and finally found some ‘me time’, I cannot stop thinking about those things which I want to tell you, the values I would like to inculcate within you as you grow up to be a beautiful, young lady. Among the myriad things I want to tell you, that one thing I want you to know primarily is to be yourself, always, in all ways!
The world is just not defined by blue (for boys) and pink (for girls). It has many hues, create your own hue and stick to it. Usher the spirit of equality in whatever you do. Let the world think that you should be playing with Barbie dolls and not cricket, let there be a separate Kinder Joy for boys and girls, you choose what you want. My little angel, just remember one thing– independence is a virtue if it is not misused. I want to see you grow up to be a strong and brave girl, not like anyone, but just like you yourself. As Polonius said to Laertes in Hamlet, “Give every man thy ear but few thy voice. Take each man’s censure but reserve thy judgment.”
Don’t let society bog you down – it may, at some point of time, try to judge you by saying, ‘this is a girl’s job and this is a boy’s job,’ you decide what is your job, because there is no such thing as a girlie job or a boyish job. Everyone has to work hard to achieve their goals and you are no exception. Thus, anyone can do anything. It’s just the mind that makes us think so. Ralph Waldo Emerson has very rightly said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Having said that, I would urge you to enjoy life as it is worth living. Get drenched in the rain, sing a song, be your own inspiration if you will, and spend time with friends and family.
As for your mom, she is always there for you… Love you, totally.
This post is being written for the #MomsforaBetterWorld Project by Women’s Web team