My Dream in 2008
Good afternoon, distinguished judges and my dear fellow friends.
There’re many ways of breaking a heart, but what really can break a heart is taking away its dream——whatever that dream may be.
Someone told me “If dream less is dangerous, then the cure for it is to dream more.” Meanwhile, I keep hearing people yelling at me,” Hey, why bother with your absurdly far-away dreams, all you need is just a job, a house, a car, a husband, then a son!” I know I’m confused about my dreams, so I must follow the people who follow their dreams.
Palestine has a dream.
Being the only athlete represented for Palestine to take part in the 2008 Olympic Games, Jakia, the 20 year-old swimmer said, ”We don’t have regular training, we don’t have a swimming pool, we don’t even have enough water to fill the pool, but I still have a dream in the 2008 Olympic Games, that is the world will know Palestine is coming.”
Iraq follows her dream.
Though people are in torture, sports, especially football has become the spirit of the country. And the opportunity of taking part in the 2008 Olympic Games has enlivened Iraq with expectation and passion. War and violence destroyed everything, but never seized the chance to destroy their football dreams, that is to fight on the Olympic arena as fight for their lives.
When the slogan “One world, one dream” unveiled, I doubted if there really is such a universal dream, because athletes have their champion dreams, citizens and students have their volunteer dreams, journalists have their reporting dreams. But though our dreams differ in detail, I figured out the common dream within—— Friendship, Participation, Harmony and Solidarity.
Ladies and gentlemen, on the map, I see 224 nations, now I see one world, I see one dream.
Thanks for your listening.