Dear Sadiyah, Seems like yesterday when you started school and already it’s time for college. You must be feeling the nerves, though I know you’ll never let on. So, I thought I’d write about fear in this year’s Father’s Day letter to you. Last year, around this time, I finally started learning a sport I … Continue reading Father’s Day letter to my daughter: How I overcame the fear of getting punched, and what it taught me
I recently read Walter Isaacson’s biography of Leonardo da Vinci. Other than being a genius – artist, scientist, anatomy buff, engineer, and self-taught at that – Leonardo was precious in another way: he was very human. He would alternate between glacial laziness and frenzied output; he procrastinated endlessly, driving his patrons up the wall; he … Continue reading Father’s Day letter to my daughter: Stay curious
Fulfilment lies on the road that forks away from the fear of failure. As you navigate your way through teenage, you’ll often find yourself frustrated, unhappy with something you can’t even put a finger on. It’s not that what you have isn’t good; you simply want more. You’ll feel this at various stages of your … Continue reading Father’s Day letter to my daughter: How do you write a book? One word at a time
Congratulations, you are now officially a teenager! I guess that explains your obsession with boy bands and ripped young movie stars. I willed the months leading up to your 13th birthday to pass in slow motion. I wanted to hang on to every moment as you left childhood behind. Stirred into my pride in watching … Continue reading Father’s Day letter to my daughter: Ek, do… you’re a teen!
Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote you a letter on Father’s Day. Because I enjoyed doing that so much and because you felt I’ve never done anything better for you, I thought I’d turn it into an annual affair. I know I’m a little late on it this year, but it’s worth doing anyway. … Continue reading Another Father’s Day, another letter for my daughter
I’m always a little nervous when I have to give you advice. After all, you are so much better than me. Proof of the pudding: Every time I’ve needed something to get better, you’ve simply smiled and it has.I remember your birth; it was a day full of coincidences. It was your grandparents’ wedding anniversary, … Continue reading On Father’s Day, a letter to my daughter