My little daughter is just starting to walk in the world. As I hold her hand and teach her how to move ahead in life there are a few things I promise to teach her.
1. I Will Teach Avni To Learn
Everybody can study and read. Learning requires a powerful mindset. A person who is skilled at learning does not just learn from people but from animals, from their travels and nature itself. I promise that my little leader will have this awesome skill.
2. Grow In Life Instead Of Just Settling Down In Life.
The truth about life is that what you settle for is what you get. If you want to earn enough to just have one vacation a year to take a break, then that is exactly what you will get. Unfortunately, most of us have grown up thinking that what’s most important when children grow up is for them to settle down. Well, Avni is not going to settle down, she is going to GROW. Each day, in ever aspect of life, she will work for more… More happiness, more adventure and more growth.
3.Break Through Boundaries
What limits most people is their own fear, beliefs and thoughts. The more things you experience, the more people you meet it becomes easy to break through the boundaries… Avni will do that. If she ever feels she is scared of heights, she will take a step and break through it. If she ever feels less confident in taking a leap for her life, she will get mentored and take that leap. I will teach her how to break through boundaries.
4. She Will Know How To Fight.
This is not just about her being emotionally strong to stand up for herself, which is also important. It is also about being physically strong enough to kick some butt if necessary. Avni will learn martial arts, she will do real push ups and chin ups.
5. She Will Be As Curious As I Am Or Maybe Even More
What ever success I have been able to achieve has been possible only because of my curiosity. The more curious you are, the more you will question things and the more clarity you will have. I will nurture this curiosity in her.
6. I Will Teach Her What Living Is Instead Of Teaching Her What Life Is
I have seen so many people who became busy making a great life and lost out on actually living it. I have met so many people who tell me “I wish I would have…” Well, Avni will know how to live. She will know that making mistakes is absolutely fine as long as you learn from them. She will explore and grow rather that follow. She will live her life to the fullest.
7. She Will Be A Biker
Something that has added a lot of value to who I am today is my passion for biking. Riding on tough terrains teaches you a lot about life. Avni will learn all of that. I will teach her how to ride and enjoy the rides too. Right from the rocky roads of the mountains to the mushy lanes next to rivers and also enjoy the stop overs under the stars, the bonfires and rains.
8. She Will Have A Bucket List For Every Year
People who have bucket lists always have things to look forward to. They are excites about living. The learn from their past and are never limited by them. They continue to be excited about the future. Avni, will grow with that excitement. She will not only create a fresh list every year but will also know how to tick things off it !
9. She Will Know How To Judge And Treat People Well
It does not matter what work you end up doing in life, all work is driven by people. The better you are at understanding them, the more powerful and successful you will be. People who know how to treat people well know how to be content with the simplest things in life. Because of this, Avni will always be able to generate support and add value as well.
10. She Will Play Life.
We sometimes come across people who only have stories from their child hood to share. Avni will keep having new stories. She Will Keep Her Inner Child Alive. Avni will not just go places but experience places. She will grow up to be tough and playful and will keep moving forward.
– Amit Punjabi