Keep Up Your Dreams

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I have a close friend called Monty Brown who nowadays owns a nice horse ranch in Texas. And one day he told me I could use his house to host the fund-raising events in order to raise some money for children with special needs.

The last time I was there he called me up and said:

“Do you wish to know why I allowed that young boy to take my best horse during the last rodeo? Well, I guess it’s the right time to tell you the story behind it. It all dates back to the tale my dad used to tell me when I was a kid. So, according to it, there lived a young man who was the only son of a wandering horse handler who would travel from town to town, ranch to ranch, stable to stable taming and preparing horses for the rodeos. Logically, the boy’s school education was not going really successful. And, finally, when this boy was in senior class, his tutor asked him to compose a paper about the job he’d like to do when grown up.

That night the boy prepared a ten-page composition describing his biggest dream of buying a horse ranch one day. He described everything in the smallest details and what’s more – he even made a sketch of a 200-acre farm, with all the buildings, horse stables and the race track. Right after, he drew a detailed plan for a fine wooden house that would be sitting on his dream ranch.

He had spent all night long and put every effort along with his heart into that paper and finally, the next morning he handed it in to his tutor. Few days passed and he got his paper back. The first thing he saw was a large red F right on the title page followed by a tutor’s note that was saying: “Come see me after classes.”

So the upset boy headed to see the tutor at the end of the day and asked almost in tears: “Why did you put me an F?”

The teacher replied: “This is quite an unrealistic dream for such a young boy like you. You come from a poor family. Thus, you can never afford such a ranch simply because you’ve got no money. And owning a ranch and a house like those requires a sum. You will need to buy some land for your horses to pasture. You’ll need to buy tools to be able to repair the buildings. That’s why I reckon there can’t be a way you could ever make your dream come true. But if you rewrite the composition, giving a more realistic dream, so be it, I’ll reconsider my decision.”

The boy turned back home, sat down and thought about the tutor’s statements long and hard. Then he asked his father for an advice. His father replied: “Son, you need to learn to make your own decisions. Start with that one.” Eventually, the week had passed and the boy gave in the same paper, having decided to make absolutely no changes in it.

He stood in front of his tutor and declared: “You may keep an F and I will keep my dream.”

On this moment, my friend turned his head to me, looking me right in the eye and said: “I told you this tale because now we are sitting in my nice wooden house on my wonderful 200-acre horse ranch. Many years have passed but I still have that school paper hanging in a frame over the fireplace.

Still, the best part of my story is that two years ago that school teacher arrived with his class to my ranch for a school trip. When it was the time to leave, he said: “Well, Monty, I can say it now. When I used to teach you, I’d stolen your dream. And you know what? I’d stolen a lot of other kids’ dreams back in the day. Luckily, you had the guts to not to give up on yours.”

Do not let others blame you for your dreams and goals. Follow your own path no matter what they will keep saying!

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