To You, from Me

23 Jun

While blog hopping last weekend, I came up on this post at and decided to pen down a letter to my teen-self.I am sure we all go through a phase of thinking, “If only I knew then….” .So, here is to her, from me..

Dear S,
Where do I start? Do I talk about the hardships or do I talk about the pleasant moments..Maybe, a bit of both. Yes,I know what you are thinking and I will come to the point.

I know you are studying electronics engineering, which you were forced to,by your sisters, but believe me, transistors may not be fun,but are interesting and you will realize when you become a hardware engineer.So, just embrace it as it comes though you may not understand it fully right now. And, don’t think you are not as good as your sisters. You will shine one day, with a graduate degree from one of the best universities in the world,for just being who you are.

When you start working,you will be on cloud nine and might feel the euphoria of being on top of the world, but,it is a vast, wild, rude world out there and you better learn how to deal with it. I know you are very brave but that is not enough to carry you forward. Rule #1:You should learn how to market yourself to grow in the corporate world. Rule #2: If you are in the right place at the right time, just grab the opportunity. It never knocks twice.

Now, coming to life, the only thing sure about life is death. Having almost tasted the feeling of dying twice, with two complicated surgeries under the belt,let me tell you, life is short and so if you love someone, don’t wait for the right moment as it may never come. Keep telling your parents how much you love them. Be content with what you have.I know you are arrogant, but as you will learn later, it never helps. Be polite to people and cherish your friends. They always come to your rescue and keep you going on in life,in spite of all the hardships that you might face.

I know you are waiting for your prince charming to swoop you into his arms and take you to a dream world…..well…here is the news girl, the prince is right in front of you or rather sitting next to you. You just need to recognize him.You might be bewildered to know that you will end up marrying that bespectacled boy sitting in the next desk. Yes, life does take astonishing turns but this one is a keeper. Believe me , as I have spent close to 10 years living with him.

Don’t fret over small things like a bad hair day. There is lot more to life than what you see now. I could go on about life, ethics, beauty,love, content, money….. but, in the end, you have to experience life to understand. It will be mixed with sorrow and joy and lots of love, but one that you will cherish.All I can say is,”You are who you are and so, be just you and stand up for what you feel is right as nobody is perfect in this world.”


Posted by on June 23, 2009 in General, Life Philosophical Thought


8 responses to “To You, from Me

  1. Sri

    June 24, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Yes I read that in Jikku. Thought it was interesting question.

    Nice write-up to yourself.

    (philosophical tangent) As you go forward in life, the priorities change and that makes what we did in the past as easy/trivial task.
    We constantly think we know more than others and that include our younger self 🙂

    • shoba

      June 24, 2009 at 3:16 pm

      Well put Sri..Priorities do change. Imagine the day when we were so afraid of exams…or Were we?? 🙂

  2. Saumya

    June 24, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Chocha……couldn’t resist this one.

    Don’t be hard on your teenage self for not recognizing the bespectacled boy to be your Prince Charming. He was too busy giving/getting red roses from the lanky fellow with the moustache on the same bench!!

    • shoba

      June 24, 2009 at 3:15 pm


      I hope they stopped with roses. 😉

  3. Saumya

    June 24, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Nice post …BTW. Very well articulated.

  4. suresh

    June 24, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Did you mean to say, “the spectacular guy”…:)

    I do think about the notion of time and past… If we knew where we would end up, that information by itself changes the future outcome… It is the curiosity of the unknown that keeps life ticking, since the possibilities are endless…

  5. Deepak

    January 20, 2010 at 2:18 am

    That was a nice letter… Well at college I knew more about the spectacular guy and now through this blog I am getting to know more about you.. Its nice take on your teenage… ok me better get back work now 🙂


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