One of my Kurdish students from Iran told me that people back in her city told her she “dreamed too big”…that what she wanted to accomplish in her life was crazy and that she did not live in reality. People laughed at her for wanting what many take as a simple fact of life. It broke my heart that someone so young should be told there are limits to what you can accomplish, limits to what someone should desire out of their own life.
I couldn't imagine being told as a teenager that what I wanted to do in the future was silly or impossible. That I should set my sights lower, on something more 'reasonable' for someone like me. I grew up in a culture that tells their children they can be the president one day if they want to. That all things are possible if you go after it.
One of her "too big" dreams was to attend AUIS; She just completed her first semester and will be enrolling in IT classes in the fall. I’d say she’s on her way to showing those doubters what drive, direction, and the unshakable belief in one's self can do.
“A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.” –-Unknown