Exactly a week ago from today, Sochi Winter Olympics that brought tears and joy to many of us came to an end. Among many spotlighted sports stars, the brightest was without a doubt, Kim Yuna.
Yuna, a born-to-be skater, delivered much more than what figure skating normally does. Last week, she bravely and graciously made her farewell performance that is worth beyond a gold medal. Despite the injustices and stench that got into her way, she preserved her dignity, which brought her to a whole different level than other figure skaters, namely Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova, if we can even call her that.
During the Gala Exhibition at Sochi, Yuna, now undisputedly known as Queen Yuna, skated to John Lennon’s “Imagine” covered by Avril Lavigne. She poured out her soul and passion, which deeply touched everyone who had joy in watching her skate since she made her first debut.
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” The lyrics played along every delicate movement of Yuna. Through her final skate, she not only delivered the message of peace, but also an inspirational wake-up call to the 20s. Be a dreamer, she said, “I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
People say dreamers are unrealistic and sometimes even foolish. It could be a reasonable remark, considering how the world we live in is not always sugarcoated. Injustices are common and discriminations are on every step of life. In fact, they are in every corner of our day that we often miss it or rather, conveniently choose to ignore it, for we have too many things on our plate to worry about.
It is hardly any news that many college graduates are jobless and that they only care about getting employed. In a capitalistic society where money is the governing authority, it is only natural for students to be occupied with specs (Konglish commonly used to mean qualifications of a person) and neglect their dreams. Our youth is deeply ingrained with a thought that it is okay to do anything, be anyone so long as it makes money, even if it means getting our hands dirty. Perhaps we, too, could be one of the trillion indirect causes of the impropriety that Yuna experienced in Sochi.
Nonetheless, a society that demands money at all times cannot be any excuse to stop you from becoming a dreamer. The worrying must stop and reevaluation on priority should be done; learn what is more important. Life will definitely get in the way, so stop the whining and start the work needed for your dream to come true. I, for one, want to become an eminent writer one day. I do not know how long it is going to take or how much money it will make. But I will never let it go. I will figure out ways to achieve my dream, just like how figure queen Yuna achieved hers.
Being a dreamer is tough. Tough, not because there are countless outer pressures and obstacles, but because it is a fight against yourself. What can be assured, though, is that if you are hard on yourself, life is going to be much easier for you. A start of another school year like today is the perfect moment to begin the long journey of becoming your dream. Fight for your dreams and be an inspiration that the whole world can look up to.
Lee So-young firstname.lastname@example.org
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