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Dear Sir, Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us through this wonderful article. Your take on dreams and their power resonates with me for a lot of reasons. I would like to share an incident that is very close to my heart. I had started attending Karate classes from the age of 7. As years passed by, I progressed with belt promotions. After the Purple belt promotion, the practice sessions started getting extremely rigourous since extremely high grades were needed for promotion to Brown belt. I used to come home with cuts, bruises, swellings almost every single day. Body pain had become a constant companion. To top it, I had to attend my music classes and school (obviously!). The gruelling routine lasted for around 6 years as I progressed through belts. Nothing compares to the experience of getting up at 5:00 a.m. in the morning almost every day, practicing for 2 hours, then attending school and the music classes. Further practice and combat sessions used to follow from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., 6 days a week. There were both good and bad days. The bad ones mostly were followed by crying, tired of trying and failing. At such times, my father used a tactic of asking me to give up the classes if I couldn’t bear the pressure. Somehow, that scared me. I could never bear the thought of giving up on my dream; the dream of holding a black belt one day. Somewhere during those years, that dream became a constant companion and I kept pushing my limits, day after day. I always had a vision of my peers clapping for me and my Master beaming proudly at me as I received my Black belt. Family support, constant motivation from friends and my Master’s dedication towards teaching worked to keep demoralizing thoughts at bay. Those years were a mix of blood, sweat and tears. Eventually, the D-day arrived. My test was scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. in the scorching summer heat of Delhi. More than anything else, that day was more about keeping faith in myself for those 4 hours. At the end of it all, when the examiner left, my Master walked up to me and said he was proud of me, irrespective of the result. He had never uttered a word of praise all those years and hearing him say those words was overwhelming. It instilled a sense of achievement that is yet to be matched. The results came out a week after and I had made it! I was a Senpai, a proud black belt holder. The dream was realized, that vision became a reality. I saw everything I dreamt about. It has been almost 7 years since that day. And the impact still remains. That feeling of accomplishing a dream remains unmatched. I believe one should always have a dream; let that dream fill you up, work towards it and somewhere you will realize the impact it has had on your life. Somebody rightly said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the power of their dreams.”

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