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A Gratitude Letter to My Inspiration

Dear friend,

I thank you for being there.

I am blessed to know you in person and to realize that you have a colossal impact in my life. When I am 80 and wrinkled, I may forget many things but even then I will remember you. Here’s to you, the person who, at every step possible, has guided me and helped me grow.

If it were not for you, I would not be who I am today. Thank you for encouraging me to explore my thoughts, reflect on my emotions and express myself.

Thank you for always being patient with me. Thanks for listening to what I had to say and adding value to it.

Thank you for considering me a friend even though I was learning from you.

Thank you for sharing with me your learnings in order to help me see things more clearly.

Thank you for laughing along when something I found amusing and so did you (which others could hardly understand).

Thank you for believing in me at times I thought nothing positive would ever happen.

Thank you for helping me nurture self-confidence slowly yet steadily.

Thank you for helping me understand the value of kindfulness. I am trying to be more kind towards myself.

Thank you for helping me push my boundaries and take steps towards leading my life well.

Thank you for being fine with my silly mistakes, yet guiding me to improve myself.

Thank you for demonstrating that we don’t need big things in life to be happy; small pleasures help us cherish life better.

Thank you for the times you considered me capable of sharing your existential angst with and your search for meaning.

Thank you for making me see the value in my own life story. Thanks for bettering my understanding of redemption.

Thank you for showing me that it’s okay to be vulnerable and that it’s not always about being strong; vulnerability is a strength when we choose to experience it with people who know its value.

Thank you for talking to me about football (and not assuming that I don’t watch football because I am a girl and on top of that a poet).

Thank you for all the moments that we have shared together, all the memories we have made and all that is yet to come.

I know you have your own lows and blues too. Life is not always the same.

But, whenever you are stuck in a whirlwind I hope you go through these words. These words may not help you come to the surface immediately but it will remind you how you have bettered the lives of people like me and that things will be okay.

Thank you for being the wonderful human being that you are.

Nothing but gratitude,

"I am one, but I am not the only one; hardships and happiness, both spare no one." Governed by this quote that I've written, I try to live each day with courage, calmness, and realism.

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