First and foremost, wish you a very happy birthday my girl. You are 16 today, sweet sixteen they say. You are big girl now and it’s time you understand that there are other things in life that matter too.
You are in 10th now and your whole world is around the studies and it should be that way. So here it is. One of the most important things other than the obvious ones is choice. While getting good grades is a stepping stone to success in life but having made choices is important. Don’t worry if the choices at some point go wrong you can always rethink and change your choices. But having said this it is not easy to modify your choices so all you will have to do is think before any choices are made.
The next important thing is respect. There is a simple rule when it comes to this thing, you give respect and only then can you expect respect from others. Don’t stop respecting people if someday they decide to stop reciprocating but your continuation will someday make them give you your fair share.
Honesty is important. It will help you to be you and not think of ways and means to pretend. Being fake or dishonest requires a lot of effort but when honesty is nurtured within you will not be spent. You can trust yourself better and have lot less to care about when not otherwise.
And the final thing I wish to tell you here today is hard work. There are no shortcuts in life. All that looks like shortcuts would someday lead you to a dead end. The hard work would seem less stressful if you practice and implement smart working techniques which will help you achieve your goal in lesser time. But one can never escape the route of hard work and in fact one never should. This route is a certain one to achieve the things you have planned for yourself.
And don’t forget to love yourself as much as you love me or your dad.
Note : This post is written for the letter ‘O’ of the April A to Z Challenge and that this post is a work of pure fiction.