Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dream Big, Little Ones

Some kids at school made me cry today.
They were not my darling twins who were singing and dancing on stage about 'Celebrating Friends' (although I was an extremely proud Mamma, gleefully recording them on my phone).
I shed a tear when the next group of children came out to share their Philosophy class project.
Each child was asked to think about a dream or goal they would like to achieve, and to think about what steps they needed to take to achieve them.


Inspired by a visit from inspirational sportsman and footballer, Jim Stynes, who is currently battling cancer, he asked the children to go home and make a poster of their dream, and to stick it up somewhere where they could see it everyday, reminding them that they have something to strive for in life.


The children came out on stage with their dreams in their hands. Bright, sparkly, glittery, shimmery dreams, decorated with pictures, photos, ribbons and drawings, held out proudly for all the teachers, parents and carers to see. Boys and girls with Hope in their hands, the Future in front of them. I scanned the placards: dreams of being a fisherman, a kennel keeper, a fashion designer, a teacher, to travel to Paris, to climb mountains, to build a house, to open a restaurant to feed hungry people, to discover treasure, to kick winning goals.



My heart swelled with admiration for these little beings, and a tear escaped from behind my big, black Oroton sunglasses and trickled down my cheek. It made me think of my own dreams. Have I achieved them all? No. But there's still time to turn my Dreaming into Doing.

I wish, hope and pray that all those children, and my children, and your children, and every child on this planet achieves their little dream, whatever that may be. Who are we to judge, or tell them it can't be done?



If there's anything that I really want to instill in my girls, it is To Believe in Themselves, and To Believe That They Can.

In the famous word's of Audrey Hepburn:

"Nothing is Impossible. The word itself says I'm Possible"


Are you living your Dream? 

12 comments:

Debbie @ Aspiring Mum said...

Wow - that would have made me cry too! I wonder what happens when we get older...we seem to lose the enthusiasm for our dreams - we don't have time, we become jaded by society, and perhaps self-doubt pops its head up every now and then.

Such an inspiring thing from Jim Stynes, and a great reminder not to give up on our dreams - it's never too late.

Steph Bond Hutkin (Bondville) said...

Now you're making me cry!

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I would have been leaking tears too, very inspiring way to give kids a passion .

Deborah said...

That's beautiful. I love that Audrey Hepburn quote. One of my parents told me as a child to not dream big because it would sure lead to disappointment. This crushed me for years, but funnily enough I've strived my whole life to prove them wrong. Not the best way to go about motivating people though. Full of negativity.

So that's why I love your post. :)

kirri said...

The dreams of kids are so beautiful and usually so big. They take place before the seeds of self-doubt have taken hold and you are so right Jess...nurturing that sense of self-belief and keeping them firmly in a world of possibilities is one of the best gifts you can offer x

BoPeep said...

Thanks for the boost. :)

Leovi said...

They are beautiful childhood dreams and illusions.

June said...

Enough to make me cry too!
Your blog is awesome!!! Thank you so much for your visit to mine, so I could follow you back here...

Lower North Shore Blog said...

Wow, that was a nice quotes!

Sonia @ Life Love and Hiccups said...

Oh geez - madwe me tear up too. I love kids for being so bloody gorgeous and inspiring and honest. :) xx

Ilja Oostenenk said...

Loved it!! That is something we need to treasure in our children, the ability to dream-we can learn from that sometimes..... now I will behind MY Oroton sunnies, and hide my tears too xx

Bee said...

What a lovely post. I can't say that I'm living my dream, but I'm working hard on finding out what my dream is and then getting there.

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