Saturday, July 28, 2007

dare to dream

We took the kids to watch Ratatouille this afternoon. It was a really beautiful and inspiring movie. I could not help but be inspired by the rat chef, Remy. He had such big dreams and he was not afraid to pursue it and he did very well too. I will not go into details as some of you might still be on their way to watch the movie.

Remy had a dream of becoming a chef but being a rat he thought was a setback. But that did not stop him. It's always good to have a dream. Dreams are what makes us want to be do better and go further in life.

When I was a little girl I have always wanted to become a doctor and a journalist. I admired my grandfather a lot because he was both. So as I grew up, I mentally programmed my life towards that dream. I was a constant contributor to the school paper and I excelled in my science classes...I liked biology and chemistry, physiology, anatomy etc. When I went to college for my pre-med course I had the chance to be with patients and have a one-year internship in a hospital. That's when I realize that becoming a doctor is not that easy, first you have to be dedicated to what you do, second, patience is really a virtue all doctors must have, and third you have to have a heart of gold and courage to face death.

Eventhough my heart was in it, my body was not. I always got sick when I come home from a 24-hour duty in the hospital. Got my parents worried and I get sooo attached to my patients it affects me so much when they don't get well and eventually don't go home anymore. So I guess that dream was not for me.

Now I am doing something I like, there are days when I feel like all of a sudden there are hairs on my chest because of stress. And there are also days when I feel like I have just escaped a near-death experience because of too much pressure, but all-in-all I feel elated when I come through and pass the test.

An important ingredient in making your life work for you? Dare to dream and visualize it like it can come true. The boundaries and limitations are all in your head. Remember when you were still a toddler learning how to walk? You never learned about edges and pain until your first fall. But then you were determined that you can do it. And you did.

I remember a TV show my kids are watching at Nickelodeon, I just can't remember what the show's name is but there's this song that these animals were always singing when they are about to go to an adventure of saving other animals in distress, "know what's going to work? team work! " You'll need a lot these when you want a lot of things to be accomplished.

And last but not the least, since you've dared to dream this far, love what you do and always keep that dream alive.

Forget about the days when its been cloudy, but don't forget your hours in the sun
Forget about mistakes that you can't change now, but don't forget the lessons that you've learned
Forget about the times you've been defeated, but don't forget the victories you've won
Forget about misfortunes you encounter, but don't forget the times your luck has turned
Forget about the days when you've been lonely, but don't forget the friendly smiles you've seen
Forget about the plans that didn't seem to work out right, but...
Don't forget to Always Have A Dream

Keep Smiling
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Colin said...

Lovely post my friend :o)
I look forward to watching the movie, I might pick up a few tips on becoming a chef lol, (Remy II) definitely in need of some lessons hahahaha.

Life can be an uphill struggle at times, but when one door closes another one opens. As kids we learn a great deal, and as adults we tend to forget. So it's easier to turn back in time and reflect on the past, you can't change it but you can learn from it.

Dreams can become reality. Yesterday is history, today is here and now, tomorrow is the future and through our actions our self belief and confidence, we can all achieve so much and also make a difference to others lives just by saying 'Hello', or smiling, lending a helping hand or a bit of friendly's not much to ask and it helps others to realise their dreams too.

People helping people, regardless of age, race, religion works wonders.

Sophiagurl said...

@@@Colin - he was pretty good. maybe you can post the Ratatouille recipe in Life, hehe. ever cooked it?

you are right when another door closes another door opens, and sometimes a window. It's just takes some amount of will power to turn your eyes away from the closed door to the open window.

yes sometimes just saying "hello" and lending a hand helps others realize their dreams. and I have to thank you for constantly making me stay sane and sometimes insane by keeping me constantly on my toes - and broomstick, and making me laugh. they say it's the best medicine. you must be a doctor then, haha.

Colin said...

yes lisa, I will post a recipe for Ratatouille on Life blog sometime next you chance to catch the rats to go with the touille :o)

The line between sanity and insanity is very fine, so I guess that makes you a border case hahaha

Laughter is definitely the best medicine because it gives people the 'feel good' factor, which can disappear so easily under the daily stresses.

Maybe I'll give up the idea of being Remt the second and become a witch doctor instead LOL

PoisOn CoAtEd ELiXir said...

i sometimes wonder whether dreams should be dreamt.
if we dont dream at all, we would never be disappointed. i wonder if most of us would prefer a life without wants/dreams/desires, a bland life to one where we hopelessly dream and fall more often than not.
do we prefer a life where we dream and the rule of equal probability (50:50 ratio)doesnt apply? if half of our dreams came true then we would dream double of what we do.

Sophiagurl said...

@@@Poison coated elixir - i prefer to dream about my plans. i call it the sketch pad of my life. this is where I can erase and re-write dreams as they come true. and for those that don't, i guess i just have to dream some more until they do =)

dreaming, i think is not for the faint-hearted for everybody can's free, but not everybody can make it come true.

jeanie said...

What a nice little tie in with your wonderful optimistic attitude.

I struggle to name my dreams, but posts like yours help me a little.

Thank you.

louann said...

I loved the movie too, we watched it last Saturday. It had a very simple message yet most of us find it rather difficult to actually take that one little step towards achieving our dreams.

Sweet Girl said...



we must follow our dreams

SusieJ said...

I'm having such a hard time accomplishing anything today. Every time I turn around, the boys want something, or they've made another mess. Today, my dream, is to fix dinner.

Sophiagurl said...

@@@Jeanie - hey there! Thanks for the link btw. You have good articles there, I go back to read your previous posts to get to know you more...and wow the way you fold bedlinens! amazing!

@@@Louann - you're right there, courage is what we need to take that one step forward, and often than not, we are too cautious to take it.

@@@Sweetgirl - thanks sweet girl!

@@@SusieJ - I can relate so much with you Susie =) my dream right now is to have a magic wand that would clean the house and cook dinner in just a tap. =)

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Bla said...

I'm waiting for "WALL-E".