Dear Younger Armaan,
Let me start by saying, I am proud of you. Look at you, you’ve made it so far and you are just 15! In the next 10 years, you will create history, go on a world tour, and do so much more than you can fathom right now. Just remember to stop, breathe, and savor every moment.
I want you to understand; whatever happens, happens for good, Mom, dad, and Amaal will not agree on a lot of things with you, it’s okay, they want the best for you! The fact is following your passion is an uphill battle, it’s a long lonely walk, and you have to go for it. ‘Cause that’s the only choice you have. What else would you do with your life that could be more satisfying than staying true to your passion?
I know you are great at academics, don’t let that overwhelm you because numbers hold only small importance in the real world. What actually matters is the impact you have on people’s lives. Whatever you do, pour your heart into it 110% since you don’t know how many souls you touch with the smallest of your actions. You will not see the results immediately but trust me, the wait will be worth it!
Try to surround yourself with people that vibe with you and don’t worry about pleasing everyone, you’ll soon realize; the smaller the circle, the better. I won’t tell you who to stay away from because in that case, you’ll miss out on a lot of precious learnings. I cannot emphasize enough the value of your voice. It’s perfectly fine to not have full-fledged opinions, you’ll eventually figure out how to articulate your feelings in the best possible way. Do not, I repeat, do not let anyone live in your head rent-free. You don’t have to get back to anyone who isn’t in sync with you; your work will speak for itself.
Who knows, my life would’ve turned out to be better or worse if you had made different choices, that’s something none of us will ever find out. I am content with where I am today because of your choices and there’s nothing I would change. Part of what makes this life so grand is that we never know what’s coming next and I don’t want to ruin the mystery for you.
Go out there, with open eyes and open ears.
Go out there, and prove that you are more than just a name.
Go out there, and work harder than you ever have.
Go out there, and learn.
Go out there, smile and be kind.
All the best,
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