by Yasmin Zadunaisky, Age 12, Canada
If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney
To everybody reading this, I have a question: What are your dreams?
I’m not talking about the meet-a-celebrity or the go-to-a-World-Cup-game dreams. What do you see yourself doing in the future? What do you want to see in the world?
I remember reading books and being like: “This has been used too many times before.” I had my own idea for a book in my mind. It was a book I’d love to read.
But I couldn’t find it anywhere. So what did I do? I picked up a pen (or a pencil) and got out my notebook. That’s how I became a writer. Every single time I write something, usually, it’s because it’s something I wanted to read that didn’t exist.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you have to keep moving. – Albert Einstein
Sometimes it’s hard to hold on to dreams. It gets tough. There are better people out there who can do what you want to do much better than you ever will. I know what it’s like. When things get too hard, I just want to quit and shut down that side of me.
For some reason, though, that never happened to me with writing. I must admit, I was extremely excited the day that the finalists for the Junior Authors Short Story Contest would be published. I was waiting by my tablet the whole day, checking every five minutes. I felt good about my story, and I was almost sure that I would make it this year.
I remember when they were finally posted. Since I’m only twelve years old, scrolling down all the way to category five were my most nerve-wracking minutes. Finally, I had arrived. I looked through all the names, and then when I didn’t see myself, I checked through all of them again.
Soon, I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t a finalist this year, just like I hadn’t been last year.
I must admit, I was a little bit upset, but only for about an hour. Soon enough, in the same day, I picked up my pencil and decided to write another awesome story.
I was–and still am–determined to make it.
I advise everyone to keep moving with their dreams, no matter what they are. You need to keep riding your bicycle. If you don’t, then you’ll fall. And falling equals scratches and broken bones.
You know, sometimes it’s hard to believe my own words. In some circumstances, I haven’t exactly followed them. Trust me. If you keep going with your dreams, even if they’re hard and take so much from you, you’ll feel much better in the long run.
Sometimes, these dreams are the only things that can keep us together and feeling like ourselves. How would you feel if you didn’t do what you loved?
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. – Vincent Van Gogh
Yasmin says: “Writing has always been a big part of my life, and I hope to keep doing it for a long time.”