Opinion

Keep your dreams alive

I have a friend named Francise who owns a horse ranch in San Isidro. He let me use his house to put on fund-raising function to raise money for youth at risk programmes. The last time I was there, he introduced me by saying,”I want to tell you why I let Jack use my horse. It all goes back to a story about a young man who was the son of an itinerant horse trainer who would go from stable to stable, race track to race track, farm to farm training the horses. As a result, the boy’s high school career was continually interrupted. When he was in senior, he was asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be and what to do in future.

That night, he wrote a seven page paper describing his goal of somebody owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in details and he even drew a diagram of a 200 acre ranch showing the location of all the buildings, the stables and the track. Then he drew a detailed floor plan for a 4,000 square-foot house that would sit on a 200 acre dream ranch.

He put a great deal of his heart into the project and the next day he handed it to his teacher. Two days later, he received his paper back. On the front page was a large red “F” with a note that reads “see me after class.” He went to see the teacher and asked why he got F.

The teacher said, “This is unrealistic dream for a young boy like you because you don’t have money, you came from a tiniest family and you have no resources.

Owning a horse ranch requires a lot of money. You have to buy land; you have to pay for the original breeding stock.  There is no way you could ever do it. Then the teacher adds “if you will rewrite this paper with more realistic goal/dream, I will reconsider your grade.”

The boy went home and thought about it long and hard. So he asked his father what he should do. His father said, “Look son, you have to make your own mind on this. However, I think it is a very important decision for you.” After sitting with it for a week, the boy turned in the same paper making no change at all. He stated, “You can keep the F and I will keep my dream sir.”

Francise then turned to be assembled group and said, I will tell you this story because you are sitting in my 4,000 square-foot house in the middle of 200-acre house ranch. I still have that school paper framed over the first place. He added “the best part of the story is that the two summers ago that same old school teacher brought 30 kids to camp out on my ranch for a week.” When the teacher was leaving, he said, “look Francise, I can tell you this now. When I was your teacher, I was something of a dream stealer. During those years, I stole a lot of kids’ dreams. Fortunately you had enough gumption not to give up on yours.”

The moral meaning you may learn from this interesting story is that you should not let anyone steal your dreams. Follow your heart no matter what situation could be. No dream under the sun is too big or too small. When one works hard to live it, one should always try making dreams come true no matter what. Nothing is impossible. This advice goes to you my dear lovely youth especially on-going pupils and students who want to achieve the best life through education. Dream big and make them realities.

The writer can be reached via email:  martinob06@gmail.com

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