So these are my hopes for my nephew as he grows up and finds his own way in the world:
– remember that you just need the basics
Babies cry when they are hungry, tired or sick and once any of these are fixed they are content. As you become older, society may try to tell you that owning as many expensive things as possible will make you happy but I hope don’t believe it – being happy, healthy and not having to worry about the next pay-cheque are enough.
– keep trusting people
Kids are incredibly trusting. Although I don’t want you to be naïve, I hope you think that people are basically good – I have travelled a lot and 99% of people I have met around the world have been great.
– keep accepting differences
You have parents who come from different continents, different religions and speak different languages. However, you will have the example before you every day that love can create something wonderful from these differences, so I hope you don’t let grown-ups teach you to be frightened of others.
– don’t lose your sense of wonder and curiosity
Babies are amused by the smallest things and as they grow up they never stop asking why. I hope you approach each day with that same sense of curiosity and never cease to be amazed by the wonder of everyday things.
– continue to play
Kids play with complete abandon and amazing creativity. I hope you never stop trying to learn new things and doing them in your way.
– keep your energy and enthusiasm
Children make it really obvious when they like doing something. I hope you are fortunate enough to do something that you absolutely love so that you have that same sense of enthusiasm every day.
Whenever adults look at babies we are struck by the miracle of new life and how our capacity to love keeps expanding. So I hope you get to experience a life that always feels miraculous and, above all, is full of love.