There Is Still a Dream to Believe In
“Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.”
Friedrich von Schiller’s words grabbed me by the shoulders, shook me, and urged me to open my eyes- and when I did I was slapped in the face by a realization. Dr.King’s dream was influenced by his childhood. He was taught to treat others kindly and with respect. Because of segregation, Martin was separated from several of his friends, but he worked to change things, to make his dream reality. His dream that his children would one day be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Dr. King’s dream had great importance because life was unfair and difficult for African Americans. Dr. King realized his dream, he worked for his dream, and he achieved his dream.
That does not mean it is not still important to have a dream. For we all still have a dream to believe in. Having a dream is what inspires you. Making goals to achieve that dream is what drives you. It is important to be driven, to have goals to achieve, to live life to its fullest. I have a dream of us reverting to the ways of our childhood. By allowing others to be who they are, they are further driven to follow their dreams. When you ask a five-year-old what they want to be when they grow up, their answer is typically something of their wildest dreams. Maybe they dream of being a princess or wish to be Superman. Whatever their dreams may be, they are beautiful, for the dreams of our childhood are pure; untouched by the poisonous criticism of others. The innocence of childhood is often pegged as naivety, when in actuality we had it right only in the beginning. This joyous innocence is what characterizes easy friendships between children. I dream of these friendships continuing on to our adolescent years and to adulthood. I hope that by looking beyond a first glance, this dream can be made into reality. For “if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life...
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