Life is a journey and an adventure. During our lifetime we have to make many choices and take many decisions. Some of these decisions determine our future successes and failures.
We are more likely to succeed in our life adventures if we are lucky to find the right person, a true friend, who shares our ambisions and our goals, with whom we can join forces to increase our chances of success.
That person can be a school friend, a family member, our companion in life, our spouse or even a complete stranger we got to know. He or she can be anyone who has our best interest in heart, who shares our life values and the way we perceive world - a true friend.
A friend will believe in you, will encourage you to develop your talents, will enjoy your successes, will share your sorrows, will always be truthful and will not hesitate to tell you what you can improve upon.
With a good friend by your side you can be yourself, you will feel accepted just the way your are. A good friend brings the best in you and helps you to become a better person.
I wish for you to be surrounded by true friends.
I am right now sharing sorrow and grief of my best friend who lost her dear one. Seeing her pain and knowing her feelings makes me think of life, its important values and the gratitude which we sometimes lack.
Very often we appreciate what we have only after when we have lost it. There have been times I have met people complaining about their house, their car, their food, their job, how long they have to walk, etc., not realising that there are people in the world that don't have or cannot do some of those things.
I sometimes complain about my knee, shoulder or hand pain, but when I see a person on the wheelchair with no legs, my view changes and I become greatful that at least I have legs, shoulders and hands and that I can use them.
Also, although we acknowledge that immortality is a myth, we do act as if those close to us are going to be around for foreseeable future. The truth is that they are not going to be in our lives forever and we cannot take them for granted. We should be grateful for having them and show them our love and care while we can.
My dear Atria be grateful for everything you have and all the people who love you.
For nearly a decade I have been sending your presents and cards to different correspondence addresses I had, and I have no idea how many of them were passed on to you. Very recently I have been given a new independent correspondence address for you and the assurance that my cards and presents will reach you. I cannot express how happy I am about it :-) Very, very, very happy :-)
I sent you the first card to the new address and I am very hopeful that this may be the start of our life long reunion and recall of a beautiful friendship we had when you were very young, probably too young to remember it.
Every journey starts with a single step and I hope that this may be the starting step in our reunion journey. At least this is the first step in providing you with the opportunity to get to know me for yourself, eventually allowing you to form your own opinion about your father.
I am your dad Atria.