With the year drawing to a close, we are bombarded on social media with introspection of 2015, resolutions for 2016 and best wishes from friends and strangers alike.
My husband and I have returned from a trip to New York City. The main purpose of the visit was to take Top (whose full name is Sukrit Ratanadachasakoo) to visit the United Nations. Top is a twenty year old university student from Bangkok, Thailand, who we have sponsored to travel to the USA for one month. We offered him the trip to motivate him to excel in his studies and to broaden his horizons.
Top is an alumnus of FORDEC. Were it not for this charity created by Dr. Amporn, Top would not have received the opportunity to learn to read and write, much less receive a scholarship to attend university. For those of you who have read “The Boy with a Bamboo Heart”, you will understand that in a poor country, a dream is as much a gift as a bowl of rice. Were it not for FORDEC, we would not have met this young man who dreams of taking care of his mother and of bettering the conditions of his country.
After walking the halls of the United Nations building and overlooking the meeting halls of the Security Counsel and the General Assembly, Top posted this on his Facebook page.
A dream must be fueled, not only with hope but with work hard, willingness to take risk and at least a small amount of good fortune. Dreams also need to be deeply rooted because they require hard choices. As we begin the new year, we need to remind ourselves that as a society, we need to help our children and young adults form and pursue their dreams. For the earlier in life we create the habit of choosing dreams over the easy distractions of social media in our children, the sooner we encourage them to make time to pursue their own goals. The more vested they become in their own dreams, the more likely they are as adults not to give up in the face of adversity.
When I read the posting by A Mighty Girl today, I thought it would be the most fitting way to end the year. I hope there is a similar list for young boys. Take time to scroll through the entire list, you’ll be surprised how many of the titles tug at the child in you.