From a cricketer to his children
‘You are my most valuable gifts’
Dear Sarvajit and Achinthya,
I’ve chosen to be a little formal as I want to talk about life and its challenges on this Children’s Day. So, instead of typing on the computer, I’ve picked up a piece of paper and a pen to communicate. Hope this letter will stand you in good stead.
Education is your most valuable asset and it’s important to make it wholesome. But while academic success helps you progress in your career, to become a good human being and a well-rounded individual, you must inculcate the right values. Whatever you achieve in your careers, right values are needed to earn respect.
My parents were always my role models. While growing up, I learnt a lot from the way they conducted themselves, the dedication they had for their professions. It’s very important to have a role model and to find the right direction.
I don’t want to turn too philosophical, but the beauty of life lies in its unpredictability. When I was young, my life was full of different expectations and I enjoyed the topsy-turvy nature of it. I was fortunate to play cricket at the highest level and represent my country. And the game taught me a lot of things. It taught me discipline, the importance of setting a goal and achieving it and the value of hard work. Most importantly, I learned how to handle failures. This is very important, for success and failure are two sides of the same coin. You must learn to put things in perspective and have a strong foundation to take both the ups and the downs in your stride.
You must set your goals and then fix time frames to achieve them. There’s no point setting a goal without a time frame. It doesn’t serve any purpose. There are provocations aplenty these days. But if you have a goal and are passionate enough about achieving it, you will stay focused. You are my most valuable gifts and I will create an environment that helps you dream big. I will help you realise all your dreams.
VVS Laxman is a former India cricketer. His son VVS Sarvajit is seven years old and his daughter VVS Achinthya is five
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