Rudyard Kipling’s poem, If: A Father’s Advice to His Son has been one of my most favorite childhood poems since I first learnt about it. I happened to share this poem in Facebook, a social networking site a couple of months ago. I was taken by surprise when some one mentioned that they loved that a girl reenacted it (i.e. mentioned the poem).
|Screen shot of the Facebook comment.|
Not until I read the word, ‘girl’ in their comments did I notice that the poem was meant to be an advice to a son from a father. But I always read this poem as an advice from a father to a child. I am pretty sure, Rudyard Kipling would not haven been disappointed, knowing that the advice he wrote in the late 1800’s, inspires not only sons but also daughters of the world of the 21 st Century.
Advice from a parent to a child to lead a better, happy, successful and fulfilling life has no gender bias. What are your thoughts on this? If you have a favorite poem or quote or a story that inspires you, please feel free to share, I would love to read about it.