Wordsworth said, ‘A child is the father of man‘. First impressions formed in childhood leave an impression in the deep recesses of one’s heart. Some are sublime, yet others bitter. Since childhood, we are taught to please others. One had to emulate perfection everywhere; be the stud of your peers, be the impeccably groomed kid when guests visit us. Oh! How can I not mention that ‘cousin’ whom we are compared to for almost everything? The list is endless. Gradually we begin to master the art of ‘counterfeit’ and do it without a self-realisation that we lose an essential treasure ‘ourself’. Sometimes to the extent that we stand in front of the mirror and our reflection seems to be unfamiliar. But whose fault is it? Our parents or the competitive mercenary world? Who wants the best for their child or of those who assume that ‘we’can only be the best and not less. Well, no one has been able to answer this question till now, but I bet everyone is following the cycle of pretentiousness shamelessly. Unfortunately, we cant turn the clock, but we can put breaks on our little race and ponder: When was the last time we asked ourselves ‘how are you today? We all are busy in running our lives with the pre-set rules. The amazing part is we construct big dreams without even knowing about our last breath! Today morning my 2-year-old was in the balcony playing with the pigeons who regularly visit us for grains. He was talking and laughing, and I couldn’t figure out what he was talking. But there was a shine on his face. How happy and satisfied he was without knowing the rules of the world. So, dear mates, it’s high time that we pause ourselves and be protective about the small child within us. Pamper it, love it! Enjoy every moment of life, give more compliments than complaints and most importantly talk to yourself because no one knows you better than you. Have a great day ahead!!!