When we are born, we begin to breathe fresh air and to see the world; we are welcomed by beaming faces brimmed with excitement. Our parents, especially our lovely mothers look deep into our eyes and say “oh! This one will make a good pilot.” They take tender care of us until we are no longer fragile. As early as when we begin to crawl, our caretakers introduce to us play materials and many other things depending on our interests. At that time, given that we can’t speak a language which is understood by older people, they use trial and error to know exactly what we want. In our little brains, there are dreams that are mundane and at the same time exciting. The moment we learn to speak the language understood by older people, we speak endlessly and are often silenced. Our caretakers may think that we are making useless noise.
As we continue to grow, our dreams sometimes change but in other individuals, they remain fixed. Our dreams may change due to many factors. There are those who dreamt of reaching certain positions and indeed they did. Imagine how joyful they are now that they realized their dreams. Of course, as we grow, there are obstructions in our way, some get beyond our control while others can be avoided depending on our choice.
A friend recently told me that she felt the world in her hands when she stepped on stage and everyone applauded her arrival. She had achieved her dream. I wanted her to tell me about when and how she conceived of such a dream and whether she met any encumbrances, so we decided to walk together as she narrated to me her story. This friend told me that, at seventeen months of age, she scrambled to play the piano whenever her mother would take her to church. My friend admired the people in the choir such that at the age of three, she was a choir member herself. When she joined school, she spent most of her time rehearsing her favorite songs.
This friend told me that she would be scolded many times especially when she’d forego arm wrestling with her friends and hide somewhere to rehearse. The teachers would say that she will live to be a poor brat begging coins from her current classmates if she did not stop daydreaming and concentrate hard on her class work. She sobbed when she recalled her house teacher punishing her for staying up while others were fast asleep simply to rehearse. My friend was made to collect two thousand blocks. All these obstacles did not pull her back; instead, she kept going.
My friend told me how she would spend her holidays singing everywhere and wished that one day, she would get an audience of many people from all over the world. It was that day at the age of twenty when her dream came true.
We all ought to never sideline the absolute importance of following our dreams. When we follow our dreams, I believe we feel content with everything around us. Even when we die, our absence is felt by everyone in our countries and God judges us accordingly.
In addition to that, our parents, relatives, and friends feel proud of us and we live to be very significant figures to our siblings. Oh! how victorious we feel when we achieve our dreams. We forget the hard times we went through, the scorching sun, heavy rains, hunger, abuses, the friends that we lost so that we can maintain a firm grip onto our dreams. Sometimes, these dreams seem too hard and scary to be realized especially when our friends let us down. However, we all need to carry out candles and walk the journey following our dreams till we achieve them. For no matter how hectic it may be, we should never let go.