The Chhalawa actor, Mehwish Hayat, took it to her Instagram to thank fans, friends, and family for their lovely messages on her 33rd birthday. Hayat took time out to think of the previous year and assess her life forward from the looks of it. While she was overwhelmed with love, she also pondered upon some important matters.
The 33-year old wrote, “Thank you, everyone, for all the wonderful birthday messages – your love means so much. As I turn 33, the past year allowed me to reflect, assess my life, and see what really matters to me.”
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Simple Joys of Life
She explains to fans how important family is, “Work has been so full-on, I’d forgotten the simple pleasures in life; getting my mother oiling my hair, beating my brothers and Nephew at video games, watching Netflix with my sister – all things that I’d missed. Believe me, nothing in life is as important as family.”
On Pressure of Marriage & Children
Society tends to pressure women crossing 30 for not being married or having children. However, Hayat believes she has her own timeline and is content with life at the moment. “Let’s not let society dictate the way we want to lead our life. It is possible for a girl in her early 30’s to be totally happy without being married and with children. It’ll happen when it will and not to some prescribed timetable.”
Star Power that Supports Causes Should be More Than Just Photo Updates / Social Media Updates
Hayat believes a celebrity’s star power holds a lot of importance. If utilized correctly, it can bring about the change we so desperately need in our society. Worldwide, the ambassador’s do so much more than appear in photos and grand launches. “Change needs to be systemic. I am a little fed up with celebrities (including me) made ambassadors for meaningful causes that fizzle out after a grand launch and photo op. How many times have we flooded social media, taking out rallies after some distressing event, and then what?”
Calling out Social Media Bullies
She then went on to speak of how social media is good and bad, both, “Social media is great – it has really democratized freedom of speech like nothing else. But some have taken it as a license to abuse and bully others. Others see it as an excuse to spread fake news and malicious gossip. Wiki giving my age does not make it true!”
She went on to say, “Let’s not knock but support each other. We have this culture of bringing each other down. This has to stop if we are to succeed as a nation. Let’s understand that we are in this together, and my success – or anyone else’s – is something of pride for every Pakistani.”
In the end, Hayat reminded her fans of how everyone’s lives are portrayed on social media. Her life as an example is not perfect. She, too, has insecurities and shortcomings of her own, “Depression is real”.
She explains, “Though my life may seem perfect, we all have our insecurities and shortcomings. But as long as we work towards inner healing and connecting with the divine, we can overcome everything that life throws at us. The world was put on pause for us to reflect; how we come out of this is up to us. I, for one, know the direction I need to take. My mother always teaches that we have to create our own destinies where ever that may lead. I will dare to dream and dare to dream big. Anything is possible if you believe!”
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