I’ll be there

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

Dear future Mahira,

I am not gonna start by writing “Hope you are well, and everybody at home is too” because I know you still hate that introduction to any letter. Well, what I do hope for is that you are well settled abroad, and that destiny has played its tricks on you. I am literally imagining you sitting with a coffee mug in your room, smiling as 5 Seconds of Summer plays on loop, with the sounds of the pouring rains of London. I also hope that you have a job that has a good wage (don’t be too offended, thinking that I am so inquisitive - remember, someone smart said that the world revolves around money ;)). But even if the wages are low, I hope you are happy with what you are doing, because your happiness is what matters in the end. I hope you are still in contact with all your friends; at least the ones who have been there with you through all your ups and downs.

I really hope you are still that girl who even after getting decent marks and being pushed around still has a passion for writing, still writes a big long emotional email to her friends on their birthdays because she sucks at making cards, mingles with people because they like One Direction (and also tears up when she watches History’s MV), still talks to herself when she is bored, still bosses around her cousins (you know what, don’t do that it’s not healthy), has a craze for narrating embarrassing stories about her school life, and above all: is a girl who loves doing what she does and does not change because people tell her to do so. Destiny is such a puppeteer- both of us being under its control, doing what it has planned for us. Maybe it was planned for me to write this; maybe it was planned for you to read this. (hey Siri, play “khaabon ke parindey” from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)

I am writing this letter to you in 2021. I don’t know when you will read this, but whenever you do, I hope it has an impact on you.

Remember one thing:

“I'll be there for the highs and lows

Give you mine if your heart gets broke

By your side, when you're all alone

I will be there”

-(I’ll be there by Walk off the Earth)

You heard this song when you were twelve and made it your anthem for life; well, I hope that has not changed as well :)

Always and forever,


Author: Mahira Pathania

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