Follow Your Dreams
In a previous article we spoke about our dreams and how we should not relinquish them. Even though our plans might go haywire or off course and in some cases seem to take us away from realising them, we should not, however give up, for all is not lost. Well, here is a story to encourage you to keep at it because there is always a way to make them materialise.
A sixteen-year-old American called Monty had to write an essay about what he wanted to do when he grew up. He took a lot of time to think it over and he decided he wanted to be the owner of a horse ranch. He wrote his essay in great detail with diagrams showing the locations of the buildings, the stables and the track. The next day he handed it to his teacher.
Some days later he returned to him with a “FAIL” on the front with the words “See me after class”.
After the class, Monty asked his teacher why he had written “FAIL” over his work and the teacher said: “Because this is an impossible dream for a boy like you. You will need lots of money to own a horse ranch. Look, you have hardly any because you come from a very poor family. There’s just no way you will be able to do it. Listen, why don’t you try again but this time with a more realistic goal and I’ll give you a different mark?”
Monty went home and asked his father for help, but he said he couldn’t be of any assistance. “This is a decision you will have to take by yourself. I must say though that it’s going to be an important one to take.” In the end, he wrote the same essay, handed it in and said to his teacher. “You can keep your “FAIL” and I’ll keep my dream.”
Monty then turned round to face the group of people he was telling the story to and said, “I tell you this because you are sitting in my 4000-square- foot house in the middle of my 200 acre horse ranch. The essay is framed over the fireplace at hom.” He went on. “The best part of the story is that two summers ago, this same teacher brought 30 kids to camp out on my ranch for a week. When he was leaving, he said, “Look Monty, I can tell you this now. When I was your teacher, I was what’s called a “dreamstealer”. I’m sorry to say that I stole a lot of kids’ dreams in those days. But I’m glad you didn’t give up on yours.”
You will usually find people around you like Monty’s teacher who might “wet-blanket” your dreams. No matter what, don’t let them deter you. Keep at it and follow your dream.
Happy English learning!!