Now don’t start with, all your oft repeated remarks, “Ma you are so unplanned and careless” when I write this post to you. These days you seem to be overworking and this really scares me. I know that you are passionate about whatever you do. When you were small and I enrolled you in the school, you irritated me—now don’t get me wrong—but you filled up all exercise books, meant to be filled in a months time, in a day or two! And would come to me demanding more notebooks! I would write some alphabets on the top line and you were supposed to fill in the other lines copying from my alphabets. And as you finished early and wanted more specimen lines, I would be irritated and would want you to go slow. You were all the time in hurry—I don’t know why? Something that should have made me proud, made me irritated.
These days the same pattern is being observed by your Ma though sitting so much away from you. Dear Little one, life is not work only but there are other aspects to life s well. One must not neglect one at the cost of another. You have made me worry on account of your not feeling very hungry for food and taking liquids instead. I don’t object to your taking liquids but I do find it objectionable if these juices are not being accompanied by good and healthy solid food.
Then there is another aspect that makes me worry. I suppose you must be sitting for long hours together in one posture and this definitely is not good for your physique. During your childhood when you used to sit for long time completing the written homework, I was not worried at all, as afterwards you would play for long hours. So dear, remember that physical activities are as important as are the mental ones. I know that there are neither long brisk walks nor any physical workouts for you. Remember how much we enjoyed going for long walks, jogging and religiously dancing (If it can be called that) together just to keep ourselves physically fit.
Another concern of mind is that you may also not be reading at all. What you do these days is just mechanical work. I want my little one to be a throbbing and vivacious young person and not a mechanical robot. I may be overanxious about you but these are really my concerns.
See the Parkinson’s Law speaks about the time taken to complete a work is the time that is available—the work goes on stretching when more time is available. I don’t question the validity of this law as I myself had sent you a cutting of an article based on this law. But on the other hand, there are some limitations of the mind and body that, too, should be kept in mind.
I know that once again you will say, “Ma you procrastinate things till they become unmanageable because of unplanned attitude.” Yes, you are right as today I wanted to buy a small diary, kind of reminder, to write about what I need to do, on priority basis. But then I have long been fallen in love with the kind of life that I have and it seems you, too, have started liking the life that you are leading. I am afraid that you may not fall in love with this life but then who am I to comment unless I see for myself the life that you have.
So make a wise choice.