My grandmother and I were driving one day years ago when the man in the radio started telling us about some archaeological dig. My grandmother listened intently and then declared, “When I grow up I’m going to be an archaeologist.” This one, inconsequential sentence of hers has stayed with me for years. Without trying to, my grandmother taught me that you’re never too old to have a dream.
Think of the garbage collectors. Think of young people stuck in a gas station all night. Think of the college students falling behind in class because they spend all their time bussing tables. Think of the teenager just beginning to realize that money will decide her future. Think of the children who don’t know yet. They are our rock stars, our artists, our royalty and our future.
There is a piece of paper hanging in the cafeteria at my school that reads, “You might be making money but if your heart isn’t singing while you work it does not matter in the least.”
I’m willing to keep saving quarters and tighten my belt to make my dreams come true, reasonable or not. The first five years of life are used to bolster young people’s dreams. They then spend the next 20 learning to accept reality.
When asked, “What do teenagers do?” I thought about what I do, what my friends do, and what other kids do. I kept coming back to the future. Every teen thinks about the future.
Do me a favor, promise me that you will never stop chasing your dreams and promise me that you will never stop dreaming. Based on the feeling I’m getting writing this, I can assure you that dreams are worth the price and effort.
Katie Ahearn is a sophomore at Unatego Junior-Senior High School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk