Keeping the Dream Alive

Today was my third day in Rwanda, and a day of visits to orphanages and homes. The children were so well-behaved! At two separate orphanages we were able to engage with the kids, take their pictures, and learn a little bit about many of them.

We asked the kids a number of questions, including their names, their ages, and personal things like the foods they enjoy and what they'd like to be when they grow up.

Do YOU remember those dreams from your youth?

The kids had a number of amazing dreams. A couple wanted to be football players. One of the little girls wants to be Miss Rwanda. A number wanted to be doctors and nurses. One was after my heart -- he wants to be an engineer.

What struck me, though was how many want to be President. Some would say it that way, while others would say that they want to be "Kagame", the name of the man who has been president since the genocide.

They can dream of being President of their country!

Dreams are amazing things. If you feed them, they will give you power. If you wistfully entertain them or give up on them, they will sap your energy.

And the choice is yours.

What are your dreams? Can you put feet to them?

Let's go!

Stephen Sven Hultquist

PS Open Your Heart with Skiing devotes a chapter to this idea. Pick up a copy if you haven't already: