Thursday, August 9, 2012

Happy 50th Birthday Mom!

I always say that my dad instills the entrepreneurial spirit in me. He will look at everything and see a business idea. He always encouraged us to think and we probably absorbed some of his skills over the years. But I never give my mother enough credit for her role in my life.
We were at a dinner a few weeks ago and the topic of marriage came up (as it invariably does at 'this age', yes I know, I don't understand it either) and my mother looked at the ladies and said "I got married when I was 19. I promised myself that my daughter would get to live her life. She will study as much as wants. She will work and decide how she wants to lead her life". I looked at my mom and beamed. At that moment I realized how lucky I was.

I often meet people who say things like 'you're living the dream' or 'we're so happy you're following your passion' I then respond the way I usually do - with an uncomfortable smile. It's only now that I realize that the reason I am able to do all this is because my mother let me make my decisions and stood by them.

My parents have never differentiated between my brother and me. We both have always been given equal opportunities (though if you ask my brother, he will say I have been favored). I started planning Le15 when I was 22 with hardly any experience. Yes, I learnt everything along the way but if I were to ask myself "Would I trust a 22 year old just out of school'', I would probably say no. But my parents didn't. And that made all the difference.
So for all the mothers reading this: I hope you give your daughters the opportunity to follow their dreams. Because mine did. And I turned out pretty alright :)

Happy 50th Birthday Mom! I love you!


  1. That's the sweetest thing I have ever read pooj, lol and I agree wid JD, u have been favored :p, Happy 50th Birthday to Aunty, Cheers

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