Aamir Khan Expresses Interest To Meet Progeria-Affected Fan Nihal
Nihal – a 14-year-old boy with Progeria, a rare condition that makes him both young and old at the same time – has recently been in the news as his story has been inspiring a lot of people.
Nihal truly is an inspiration to people, who complain about the smallest problems in their lives. Nihal’s optimism and will to live a happy life is an example for all of us to follow. Here is his story :
“My parents found out I had progeria when I was 1 year old, but they continued to give me a normal lifestyle. Like any other child, I went to school everyday, played with my classmates and did my homework. When I was in the 4th standard and the movie Paa released, my classmates began teasing me and calling me Auro — I felt terrible at that point, so I came home and told my parents. My dad told me to tell them ‘to chill’ and that ‘i’m special’ – so I did. I don’t blame those who don’t understand me, they like me are children after all.
I don’t go to school often now but I have a lot of friends – we play cricket together in the evening. I’m fascinated with Robots, so I keep researching on them and playing with the Robot toys I have– hopefully someday I’ll make one of my own too. I love to paint as well…so I paint all day and do things that make me happy. I have a bucket list…I want to go to Disneyland and my father says we’re going soon! I want to see the Honda Asimo Robot and I hope that will happen quickly too. I want to meet Aamir Khan and thank him for the movie Tare Zameen Par which gave me courage–but there’s not much progress on that one yet!
To be honest I don’t know much about the illness I have, except that I have the rare power of being young and old at the same time. That makes me believe that I can send a message to people. A message that life can go by quickly and that each day is more valuable than the next. I also believe that everything happens for a reason and I’m happy everyday. The way I look at it I’ve been given a finite time to do everything I love every single day without fear. Above all, I hope that people know that our time here is special and life is incredibly beautiful in every single way.”
After reading his story, Aamir Khan was very touched, and expressed his interest in meeting Nihal personally. Nihal was obviously overjoyed by the idea, and has said that he is extremely excited to meet ‘Aamir Uncle’. Here is a picture of the article with Aamir’s reply to Nihal: