I’m Working On A Dream
I have the softest spot for inspiring stories of people overcoming all odds. You’ll find me standing in front of a newstand with tears streaming down my cheeks at an image of two brothers hugging for the first time after 40 years of separation by the North and the South Korean border, for example.
I’ve had a couple of good cries recently: watching The World’s Fastest Indian, listening to Tavis Smiley interviewing Kennyi Aouad, a 13-year-old boy from Indiana, and hearing a story about young Iraqi women experiencing US women’s basketball.
You’re Gonna Go Far Kid
The World’s Fastest Indian is a movie based on the real story of Burt Munro, a speed afficianado from New Zealand, who just saved up enough money to travel all the way to Utah to set a land speed record on his motorcycle, even though only a few people believed in his 25-year-old dream.
Kennyi Aouad is a top speller in the Spelling Bee competition. What’s amazing is he didn’t speak much until he was 5, and he was in speech therapy until third grade. Language didn’t come natural to him, and he struggled with it. On the Tavis Smiley show, he gave thanks to his teachers and patient speech therapists who didn’t give up on him. When asked about his dreams, he said he wanted to be a scientist to work to help cure diseases like HIV and autism.
The other story is about an organization called Sports4Peace, which sponsored ten teenagers from Sulaymaniya, a town in northern Iraq, and fulfilled their dreams to see US women’s basketball. I felt a tug in my heart when I heard about how these girls dream of playing basketball and going to school.
Now the Cards I’ve Drawn’s a Rough Hand
My current journey as a yoga student and teacher has certainly been met with skepticism and criticism, and I’ve had moments of wondering. Momentary doubts, however, are often replaced with a much stronger urge to learn more and reach out more, to completely give myself to this life’s work of educating myself, and in turn, giving it back.
This post goes out to everybody working on their dreams.
I’m working on a dream
Though sometimes it feels so far away
I’m working on a dream
Well our love will chase trouble away
– Bruce Springsteen