To Sixteen Year Olds

Of all the people, alive at all the times, in the past, the present, the future, you have the most powerful resource of all. Your age. Pay attention and believe what I say. You will never be this beautiful, this reckless, this insane again. You will never have this confidence, this attitude, this freedom again. Never again will you marvel at your epiphanies with quite so much wonder, or wonder at your capacity to be so profound. You will never be quite so smart or quite so stupid again. You will never look at the world with these eyes and see so much possibility.

You think curfew is tough and your parents don't let you be and the world is out to get you and the opposite sex is totally confusing. Well, none of that changes. Ten years down the line, your curfew will be self-imposed (Early meeting tomorrow, mom), your parents still won't let you be (what's wrong with arranged marriage, beta?), the world will still be out to get you and the opposite sex will be as confusing as ever. Probably even more so.

But you have now. You have the struggle and the beauty and the glorious incomprehension. You have the incurable belief that nothing bad can happen to you, that you can take over the world if you want, that true love is waiting just around the corner. You have it all. And you don't even know it.

So, I pray for you: May cynicism be just a long word to you. May you discover greatness before you begin your journey on the long road between death and taxes. May you revel in the new, the unheard of, the unexpected and the startlingly weird. May you remain sixteen forever.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Nice.

Deftone
Mystique said…
hey i'm 16!
i had a really good comment here but my server ate it up.
anyway, i'm sure i can be more beutiful and more reckless.......
but yes, life's good. no responsibilities at all....clearing my way thru the fog into my future.
Art said…
I think hindsight is always 20-20. Although at 16 all I used to do was go to IIT classes and do something to make the pimple situation better; I know exactly what you mean.
Tanmay said…
You're bloody talented Veda.


:-)
Ashish. said…
Superb! Loved it! Take a bow, Miss.

:D
just passing by said…
reading this reminded me of http://thealteregoconfesses.blogspot.com/2007/07/sweet-sixteen-my-ass.html
Veda said…
Deftone, Tanmay & Ashish: Thanks. Glad you guys liked it.

Mystique: All the best, make the most of it.

Art: There you go.

Just Passing By: Well, now you know for sure that nothing's changing :)
frissko said…
loved the prayer...nice post...
Shruti said…
makes me wanna be 16 all over again. if i only knew all this back then. :)
P said…
Nice post! And I might be in super denial, but most of it is true for 30 as well, right? RIGHT?

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