7 year old me: Hi daddy, I wanna be a teacher when I grow up, I think I can teach better than Ms. Neelam.
Dad: Sure sweetheart. You can be whatever you want when you grow up.
9 year old me: Daddy I wanna be an astronaut just like the two girls in chapter two of my English book. They float in space, even I wanna float in space.
Dad: Sure sweetheart why not?
13 year old me: Hi dad. I’m going to be a cardiologist and I promise I’ll cure your heart and make it perfectly normal.
Dad: Aw honey, sure you can do that.
15 year old me: Dad I wanna be a lawyer. They are the most powerful of all. I’ll be the best lawyer.
Dad: Sure honey, you can be whatever you want.
17 year old me: I’m not sure if I wanna be a lawyer……. I’m not sure what I wanna do with my life.
Dad: Relax honey. Take your time. But remember you can do whatever you want, just do it with all your heart.
18 year old me: Dad it’s so difficult to decide what to do. Sometimes I wanna do everything and sometimes I wanna do nothing. I feel so confused and alone. Maybe I wanna study psychology.
Dad: Sure. But decide wisely and remember I’ll always support your decisions and you are never alone.
19 year old me: You know what Dad, I think I’ll manage.
Dad: That’s my girl.
A few months older me today: Happy birthday Dad. You’re the best. Thank you for all the inspiration and support in the world. I love you.