Dear child me,
I know you did not want to go to school, for most of the days. It is fine to bunk school once a while, or skip homework. It is also alright if you want to play for an extra hour. And, go listen to your old granny, for she will not be there for long. Play with your dog a little more, for he will not be there for long, too. Or, fight with your brother a little extra, because you both will be agreeing on most of the things later. Most importantly, have fun while you can, sometimes it gets boring up here.
We got so busy growing up, we forgot to be the child. I can safely say though, that I was more child than most of you were in that age.
And then, having grown up, successful or otherwise, we start missing those days, things that we could have done, people we could have been with or listened to, people who are not with us anymore.
So, I promise to myself, when the elderly me writes a letter to the adult me, he will say “Get on with this, already. It has been hell of a ride, so far”.
I clicked this young man happily going to school on the hanging bridge across Bhagirathi river in Naitala, Uttarakhand. This little fellow seriously reminded me of my childhood.
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