This IMPACT entry was contributed by Miguel Angel Ramirez, Jr., a sophomore at Bronx Latin High School in New York City. I had the privilege of hearing Miguel speak last fall at the World Leadership School’s Global Gathering NYC: Schools of Purpose conference in New York. He spoke about the value of purpose in the life of high school students today and inspired me to ask him for this contribution about the value of dreams. Thank you, Miguel Ramirez.
“We, the youth, will not let this opportunity to impact the future slip away from our palm’s grip.”
A dream is beyond a goal which you wish to reach; though, it is an idea which you could never bring yourself to let go of, even after you have achieved it. It is an ambition you remain true to, by all means, in hopes of grabbing ahold of it someday in the future. A dream is boundless and unchained by time’s shackles, and to have a dream is the first step forward in creating change.
All historical influencers held tightly to a dream. Influencers, whether they were Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman or Mahatma Gandhi–and the people alongside them all–each had a dream which lead them on to their journey of success and change. Without the light of dreams flashing within people all around the world, the world would not have progressed in any way and would have forever remained within its negative conditions of suffering, and lack of progression.
This light is said to be dim within youth today, though it is, in fact, something which shines brighter than it ever has. The up and coming generations all have their separate dreams, and this dream will create the peace and unity we all seek today. Setting aside the boundaries which hold us chained against our suffering, these dreams will set the future of our people and our communities onto a path of freedom and equality.
What is equally as important as having a dream, is having the striving and discipline to pursue the dream you have. One can have a dream, but never bring themselves to pursue it, resulting in no change being made and no good power and potential being put to use. This power and potential, which is within a dream and the one who wields it, is the ability to bring infinite amounts of change, and to create all that pleases their heart.
We, the youth, will not let this opportunity to impact the future slip away from our palm’s grip. As long as we have hope to keep us moving forward, our dreams will not go to waste and will become the reality all of our predecessors dreamt of creating and passed onto us.