Letter to a daughter

Few days ago I read in Facebook, that Mark Zuckerberg and wife wrote a letter to their newborn baby girl. Perhaps you may have also read it in here : https://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/a-letter-to-our-daughter/10153375081581634/.

It was a good long letter, how Mark wondered his daughter’s generation would be, it was very detailed, even he explained to her daughter about the shares, their foundations and even the steps how to make a better generation and better world. It’s good and very real, but honestly the letter for me is too rigid. But beyond all that, he just like any other parents, like us, who want the best life of our children.

Then, I remembered another letter  also written for a daughter, the difference is it was just from a movie. But even from the movie we can get lessons learned. And this letter is beautifully written from a father, Benjamin, from my favorite movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Frankly, I like this one better, it has more ‘soul’ and deeper meaning, how a father tells his daughter to live freely – in a good way, to feel anything, and to live better than his.

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”

Anyway, I don’t mean to compare the two letters, it were well written for good purposes though. I wonder how I will write letter for nak wedok 😀



3 thoughts on “Letter to a daughter

  1. Semua orang tua pasti pengen yang terbaik untuk anaknya ya Mbak… cara dan pendekatannya saja yang mungkin berbeda-beda, sehingga boleh jadi disikapi berbeda juga oleh si anak atau orang lain :hehe. Menurut saya, anaknya mesti mengerti bahwa apa yang orang tua lakukan padanya adalah sesuatu yang positif. Terus si anak diberi kesempatan juga menyampaikan aspirasi–bagaimanapun ini kehidupannya, kan :hehe. Mudah-mudahan dengan demikian, apa yang akan dijalani si anak betul-betul opsi terbaik bagi dirinya dan orang tuanya pun puas :hehe.

    • Iyaaa… semua ortu pastinya pengen yg terbaik untuk anaknya. Yg kadang susah ketika pilihan terbaik si anak mungkin bertentangan sama kemauan ortu. Tapi balik lg ya, anak itu kan cm titipan, kita busurnya mereka anak panahnya, pd akhirnya harus dilepas.

      • Duh iya ya. Orang tua hanya membimbing, selebihnya keputusan diserahkan pada anak, karena ia juga insan manusia seutuhnya. Terima kasih telah mengingatkan!

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