Dear 14-year old Subh,
I sincerely hope that this letter reaches you breaking all barriers of time and space.
Every man makes mistakes in life and learns from them. This letter is just the manifestation of the burning desire to share with you all wisdom that I’ve gathered in the eight years that I’ve lived more than you.
You are young now and much of your decision making is influenced by popular media, hearsay, and societal pressure.
My advice to you would be to stop bothering about that dream six figure ‘first salary’ and to start thinking about a ‘career’.
Listen to that voice inside and figure out what’ll work best for you. Only you can do that. No one else. Learn to have your own dreams. Don’t let people put dreams in your brain.
And yes, please stop worrying too much if things will turn out to be good. You know, they eventually will. So please don’t worry yourself to death.
Some bad news for you – you will have a ‘nervous breakdown’ in two years time. I told you. So deal with it now. You’re stronger than you think. Use your strength to avoid it.
Some good news – you’ll eventually get to be the lead vocalist of a band in college! You’ll eventually learn to play the guitar!
The spoiler? – it’ll be a short lived affair. So make the best of it till it is there.
You’ll make GREAT friends in college, who will last a lifetime.
Your quest for love will lead to three painful heart-breaks!
But, suprise, suprise, there exists around you that special person right now, who’ll turn it all around with her love later on!
I won’t spoil the fun by naming her. Find out for yourself!
At 21, you’ll discover a new love – writing!
Life’s good. You wouldn’t be disappointed, I swear. Just follow your heart’s true wish and grow your own dreams. Read a lot. Eat healthy. Stay positive. Everything will be okay.
P.S. : I know if this letter reaches you, and you put into action all my advice, then it shall obliterate my present existence. If you follow all that advice then you’ll turn out to be a different man at 22. Such a paradox!