It’s going to be a lonely celebration for him… quote un-quote.
Our Family is in different parts of the world. Daniela, our oldest, is in NY, Gabriel in Washington DC working for the company and the rest of us are in Madrid packing and getting ready for our journey back to DC.
Here is our message for you:
Gabriel today you are turning 15, what a great age...
This year your life changed completely, you became a handsome, independent young man!
It was not an easy year, but you managed to pull it off.
Like I told you before,
“you are not a kid anymore, you are a young adult and going through new experiences. Bear in mind, these are the awesome times in your life. Embrace it!
Reflect on this past year and try to understand what are the things you did right and wrong. Have you been able to accomplish the goals that you set for yourself?
A birthday gives you the chance to begin again. Learning from your mistakes and accomplishments allows you to embark on your next year with great enthusiasm!
Follow your dreams and be willing to accomplish them. Do not be afraid of trying, risking and failing. Errors are part of life and growing up, they are your experiences! If you are not failing it is because you are not risking enough! If you are not risking, you are not living!”
Today at work, think about what a great opportunity you have. Use this job as a training ground for life; talk to people, ask questions, get as much knowledge and experiences as possible. Work hard and do your best… Don't lose your focus and keep at it!
Although you are in DC with out your family, always remember that we are here for you! We love you and we are thinking about you!
So Gabriel, while celebrating your birthday understand, that each day is a gift and you should always cherish it. Most importantly, you have a great attitude and you are a very caring person, NEVER change! To be a kind and caring human being is key to a successful life!
"A plan is worthless unless you have the determination, the guts and the courage to make it work." (Gabriel, you have all 3!) - Mauricio Fraga-Rosenfeld, so proud to be your father!