Friday, November 15, 2013

Inspiration--Out of the Mouth of Babes

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” 
― T.E. Lawrence

A couple days ago I was asked to be part of the review committee that is hosting an essay contest for high school students. The essay question basically asks "What Are Your Dreams?" This amazing entity is then going to award a couple students a large scholarship to obtain their dream. Pretty awesome stuff. 

As I read through all of the essays, tears welled up in my eyes and my heart felt overjoyed that despite all of the tragic struggles and pain, these young students still have a burning passion for their dream. I would like to share with you some tidbits of what I read. Wish you could completely read them all, but this will do for now.

Disclaimer: To respect their privacy, I will be referring to them as student #1, #2, etc. 

Student #1: 
Dream: To become a pediatrician
Struggle: Had to leave her family behind to come to the U.S. to achieve her goal

"Good enough" is never good enough for me. My life goal is to someday become a pediatrician and "be the change I want to see in the world."

"Minutes before I got on the plane, I looked up at my father's face and my cheeks started to feel hot, and I could feel a warm tear run down my face. I told him, "Papi, no te preocupes, te prometo que esto va a valer la pena y voy a convertirme un una mujer hecha y derecha."

"Success is not an option for me, it is the only way that my adversity will be worth it." 

"If it weren't for the struggles, I would not be as driven for success and I would not have the will for helping others as I do now." 
Student #2:
Dream: To become a pastor
Struggle: Did not grow up with a biological father & grew up in rough neighborhood

"...Growing up without my biological father in my life greatly shaped my dream, but there is no need for complaining because I had my mother and God, the father, in my life."

"I want to help people by giving them a sense of hope and the word of God..."

"My dreams mean the world to me, I'm like a big kid with his favorite blanket and that blanket being my dream, I'm not letting go for anyone, it's what I love and who I am."

Student #3:

Dream: To become a bio-medical engineer & bio-medical researcher
Struggle: Born with an incurable/highly visible skin disease 

"The past few years, I deliberately began to embrace my body and gained the self confidence that was hidden within me. It motivates me to help others not only with this skin disease, but to help those with countless incurable diseases and enable them to love themselves for who they are and what they are capable of."

"I always remember the quote, "nothing lasts forever," whenever I get discouraged by my body and skin disorder because it gives me hope. We should all have hope for a better tomorrow."

Student #4: 
Dream: To become a maternity ward nurse
Struggle: Girlfriend who was pregnant with their child miscarried & his father is in jail 

"Out of something so painful, I will make something beautiful." 
Student #5:
Dream: To become a veterinarian

Struggle: Parents abandoned him as baby

"All families go through difficult times and viewing the glass half empty won't get you anywhere. I know what it feels like to cry yourself to sleep. I know what it feels like when your parents just give up on you. I know what it feels like to look in the mirror and truly believe that you let someone down and you are worthless. However, if I never had a dream I wouldn't be standing here today."
Student #6:
Dream: To become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Struggle: The father came from Cuba when young, dropped out of school and was never able to graduate. He (the father) eventually went to prison, got out, obtained his GED and went to college to become an EMT. 

"Despite all of his hardships, he made sure to become a better person. And just like him, I'll be able to overcome my own hardships."
"I will not quit when life gets a bit out of hand. I will be the best that I can be. I will succeed in life." 

What would your "profile/story/dream" look like? 

Person #7:

"Motivational quotes" 

Hope you were inspired as much as I was after reading these profiles! Help me keep these students in prayer so they can reach their dream! 
Remember that no matter how young or old you are, it is NEVER too late to dream.
Dream BIG! Dream out loud! 

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