Edition 2: On kindness, respect and love.
Open mindedness means a state when one is willing to try new ideas, and lacks prejudice.
Growing up, I was fortunate to come across several people, from several walks of life. I was fortunate to read several books which opened my eyes to many things. I was able to start seeing things from a different perspective and slowly, I began to develop an open mind. I also began to talk to my friends about it.
My precious one,
‘Congratulations, it’s a girl’
These were the exact words the doctor made the moment you slid out of me, and into the world. There was so much rejoicing at your birth, but somehow, in the midst of all those joy, love and laughter, my mind had to wander. I began to think. At the same time you were born, thousands of babies were also born. Some of them were lucky enough to be born with silver spoons, some of them were born to an old couple who would spoil them all their lives, some to teenage mothers who are clueless about what direction they are to take in this life, some to average families, all of them, born at same time, were equal while they were in the womb.
Slowly, the babies begin to grow, they begin to pick up values, they begin to differentiate their rights from their wrongs, they begin to interact in their environment, they they begin to ask questions, they begin to have different kinds of exposures. The child born to a poor family learns to fend for themselves, live by the rules of the streets and toughen up, the one born to a very rich family gets used to having expensive things and having an edge over others. 30 years down the line, they are all in different walks of life, with different values, different perspectives, and different outlook on life. To sum it up, they were only equal in the womb and the moment they got to the world, the society changed each person. Life, they say, is like a race, with a finish line. Some people are given headstarts with more opportunities, while some aren’t and have to strive and work hard all on their own.
It was like God was showing me a sign, I thought to myself, but I couldn’t decipher what it meant. Much later, after I had left the hospital and was nursing you at home, it all began to make sense. God was trying to tell me to teach you to treat everyone with respect as you are no better than anyone. True, we do not have equal opportunities, but that shouldn’t be a basis for judging someone. I’d like you to look up to people because of the state of their hearts, and how kind they are. I’d also like you to be a woman of principle that is open-minded, I’d like to always try to see things from other people’s perspectives and be slow to anger. I’d like you to resist the urge to condemn people just because you do not agree with their opinions or what they believe in, amd most importantly, and most especially love everyone.