Dreams Are To Be Fulfilled, Not To Be Feared
When I was a primary school student, I once dreamed to be a calligrapher, and to make that dream come true, I spent more than six years learning and practicing it. At first, my parents had no objection, but as I stepped into the second year of the middle school study, things seemed different. The burden of homework began to increase; the pressure of national entrance examination loomed large; my parents were nagging, pushing and worrying about my study. As a result, I have spent all the following years doing what was supposed to be good for me: attending cramming schools, always being a top student in class. The dream of being a calligrapher gradually faded away. At that time, I thought it was the great pressure of study that killed my dream.
Three years ago, during my freshman year in the university I realized it was I myself that should be responsible for my own dream. It happened when I decided to participate in the preparation for the campus sports meeting. Our class is famous for soccer and tug-of-war. In order to cheer for my classmates during the game, I picked up the Chinese writing brush for a banner. At first, I was anxious about it and I was afraid that the skill was rusty. You know, the last time I held the writing brush was seven years ago. But the moment my classmates saw my piece of work, I could read the answer from their eyes: enjoyment and appreciation. It is then that I realize why the dream of being a calligrapher occurred to me when I was a primary school student. It is a dream to achieve a fulfillment that is worthy to ourselves.
I believe many of my peers may have been in the same dilemma. But why do we choose to quit, letting it go? I’ve pondered over it for a long time. My answer to it is “fear”. It is fear that makes us decide only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, all powerful to be impotent. It seems that we have too many things to fear: what if I fail in the college entrance examination? What if I can’t find a decent job? We fear we might lose something if we fail. We might be looked down upon, be humiliated. But from my experience, I learn that we have nothing to fear, we have nothing to lose. When we fail, what we get will never be humiliation, but encouragement, consolation, and most of all the treasured experience. So the only thing we fear is fear itself.
So ladies and gentlemen, let us drop the vanity, and boldly answer the call of out heart. Now as a senior student, it’s not too late for me to dream, I love calligraphy, and I will go on practicing it; I love English, so, successful or not, I’ve chosen a job related to it. I am convinced that dreams are to be fulfilled, not to be feared.