I Believe We Should Dare to Dream

Stacey - Des Moines, Iowa
Entered on September 8, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
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As we grow up and progress through life we all begin to form our dreams. These dreams are sometimes not easily achievable, almost impossible and at other times a cruel twist of events can stop us from reaching them. My story shows why I believe we should dare to dream because if we dream it, we can beat what sometimes seems impossible.

From a young age I loved sport and I loved playing soccer. I always told people that one day I would play at college in the U.S and this would be my stepping-stone to playing on the national stage.

At the age of seventeen my talent was beginning to mature and I was receiving letters left and right for colleges in America. Then in the second game of the season I was badly injured as my foot got stuck in the ground and my knee twisted.

The swelling eased three weeks later I was told there was only a small amount of damage that would be easy to repair through an operation. As I awoke after the operation I gave the doctor a big smile because in a couple of weeks I would be back on the field. The doctor looked at me with an almost sympathetic look as he said; “unfortunately the damage was worse than we first thought. The cartilage in your knee had to be removed and many of the ligaments and tendons are torn. You should be able to walk again in around a month but I highly doubt you will play sport again, and certainly not a contact sport.”

The next few days after that are a bit of a blur. The next clear recollection I have is sitting at home reading through some of the college magazines. That was the day I decided that if you dare to dream; if you want something bad enough, and you’re going to work hard enough you might just get there.

Fast forward three years and I am a sophomore at Grand View College in Iowa and I am quite literally loving the game and living the dream. No matter how many knock backs you get along the way, dig your heels in and hold on tight to your dream.