Adnan Siddiqui pens heartfelt letter for his eldest daughter on her birthday

Published: February 25, 2019
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PHOTO: ADNAN SIDDIQUI/INSTAGRAM

PHOTO: ADNAN SIDDIQUI/INSTAGRAM

Superstar Adnan Siddiqui has penned a heartfelt note to his eldest daughter on the occasion of her 14th birthday. The actor took to Instagram on Sunday night to write the super sweet post.

“While my heart beams with happiness and joy to see you turn 14, here’s a small heartfelt message for you,” Siddiqui begins. “You are one of the three best gifts I’ve ever had and I feel blessed every single day. Most of all, I am proud to have you as my daughter and my friend. I want to tell you that I am so proud of the young woman you have become.”

He then advises the youngster to embrace her mistakes and learn from them. “Yes, you’ll make mistakes. Make them. That’s where growth happens. Learn from those mistakes because if you continue to make them, they are no longer mistakes but choices,” writes the Mom star.

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Dear Maryam, Daniya and Zayd, I was sixteen when your dadi jaan passed away. She was very ill, in acute pain, and I remember going to the hospital, standing by the door as they pumped her stomach, knowing she was slipping away. She turned her head to the left, where I stood, and smiled with her eyes. She then closed her eyes. For the last time. Decades have passed. But that moment remains, to date, one of the most painful and most formative of my life. After Ammi died, your taayas and phuphos rallied around, like an army of soldiers, to look after Uzi phupho, Ayesha phupho and me–the youngest three. We grew up playing cricket in the streets–young, old, fat, thin, bespectacled, sporty, the whole lot. I used to play imaginary cricket. The cricketer: Adnan Siddiqui. The commentator: Adnan Siddiqui. Fielder: Adnan Siddiqui. Bowler: Adnan Siddiqui. "And it's a six. What a beautiful shot! Hitting it out of the park!" "Aaaand here comes Siddiqui. What a natural out-swinger. What a smooth run-up!" "He's caught it! And he's out! The relief, the joy! Siddiqui never misses a catch!" Those were good days because they were simple days. The grief of Ammi's death was dulled, slowly sweated out as I bounced and ran on the streets of Karachi. I was lucky to be surrounded by a big family. This is just a little note to say that I know you love your ipads and ipods and play stations, but I want you to also love your parks, your books, your streets. They can be your friends too. It's a shame that our streets are not as safe as they once were. It's a shame the three of you can't hold hands and walk serenely out of the house. It's a shame, indeed, that the Karachi of my childhood has disappeared as skyscrapers and multiplexes have come to dominate the skyline. But you can still read books. Just as I used to play imaginary cricket in four different voices, I want you to live inside the pages of your books. The truth is, people who talk to themselves aren't stupid: they're the opposite–creative and wild and beautiful. Just like the three of you. Love, Abba

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“I have made many mistakes during my life but that is okay, they have made me stronger as they will you. Disappointment, defeat and despair are tools just as achievements and happiness are. Life gives us these to show us the way to go…you just got to learn to read the signs.”

“Smart is the new cool. Never be ashamed of being smart or nerdy or even loving nail paint and makeup. Smart never goes out of style, it stays with you as you grow and it will lead you down the most successful paths. See the world. Experience new cultures, religions, people and places. Open your heart and mind to the tremendous benefits of seeing new things,” Siddqiui adds. “Have confidence in yourself. A positive self-image assures power, strength, ability, and value. It will enable you to conquer your goals and allow you to fearlessly pursue your biggest dreams.”

Giving one life lesson after another, the Sammi star says, “Live your life with purpose and give purpose to your life. Never turn a blind eye to someone in need. Do something that you enjoy all by yourself once in a while. Enjoy your own company…That is something that took me a long while to do. Don’t be afraid to disagree with people, not everyone will think the same as you.”

In conclusion, he says, “We all have to go through things, nice things and some hurtful. You will get your heart broken, but know that you will recover! Most of this will mean nothing to you as of now. Read it again in about 10 years, then it will. Happy birthday, my beautiful girl. Wherever you go, be the light. Love always.”

Now, if that didn’t bring tug at your heartstrings, we’re not sure what will…

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