Thursday, 23 May 2013

I have a Dream.....

I’m sure there were things you wanted to do or become when you were little kids, and I did too. Some of you might have achieved it and some may not have. But this is nothing to regret about. Things always turn out the way they are supposed to be. And today I want to share some of those dreams of mine.
In school we were all asked what we wanted to become in the future and there would be a sea of different answers. My answer was always automatic; a teacher. And that’s not just it. I wanted to become a Dzongkha teacher, simply because my father and my uncle were Dzongkha teachers during that time. And as I grew older, the specificity of the subject I wanted to teach became vague but it was still a teaching career I wished for. I remember my cousins telling me to always aim higher and that kind of changed what came out of my mouth in the latter period of my schooling life. But no matter what I said, deep within me, there has always been a little voice that keeps telling me that my future lies in teaching.
Saying this doesn’t mean that I don’t like the way I’m headed to right now. I am very happy with what I have chosen for my career. And, maybe, there is still a chance for me to realize my dream if, in the future, we have our own medical college(s) in Bhutan. But even if that does not happen, I don’t have any regrets. You really don’t need to be a teacher to teach others, you just need to be willing to.
I have always admired people who knew more than me, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m jealous of them. Seeing people solve the Rubik’s cube was something that really made me jealous but I guess the fire wasn’t big enough for me to try and compete with them. That was, of course, because the only people who solved the cube were on television and in another country and so I didn’t have that competitive attitude towards. But last year, My friend, Dechen Kezang, solved the cube right in front of my eyes while we were video chatting. That fueled the competitive fire in me and I made my move. I spent weeks and weeks and tried very hard to learn the art of solving the cube and I’m proud to say that I can now do it within minutes.
On that note, the thing I admired most as a child was the ability of some people to speak in many different languages. It all started with my father speaking most of the major language in the country and then of course the many different people I met or saw on the television. Since then, I have always wanted to add being a linguist on my resume. I understand most of the major languages of our country but the problem lies with being able to respond. I have always had trouble with that and I hope I will overcome that in the nearest of the future. I really want to be able to communicate with everyone in the country and even people of different countries. I have already tried my hands, or rather my tongue on Spanish, French and even Chinese at one point of my boring life during a holiday. I think that just like the Rubik’s cube, I need a certain push to help me realize this little dream of mine.
Music has always been an integral part of my life. There were times when I just couldn’t go to sleep without plugging in my head phones. Music helps me get through boring chores like doing the dishes, throwing out thrash, cleaning my room and almost everything else. And so to be closer to music I picked up a guitar and started learning to play it about five years back. Except for the basic concept and a few songs I haven’t learnt much but I am continuing with my practices from time to time and I can safely say that I’m improving at least a little every time I hold the guitar. I don’t know how long it will take me to become a good guitarist or even if I can become one but I know for sure that I am enjoying learning it at my own pace and from the right sources (Youtube, it surely has helped me a lot. Thank you Marty Schwartz). “It’s not the destiny, but the journey that counts.”
And last but not the least, something I really want to do. Actually I am paving my path towards it as I am writing these very lines. Yes, you guessed it right; I want to become a writer. I have a dream that one day while visiting my old schools I see children in the library, classes and on the open grounds reading my book(s). I have a dream that one day children will recite my poems in front of large gatherings. I have a dream that the greatest of the greatest singers will sing my lines to all the music loving people all over the country or even outside. The main reason I created this blog was to realize this dream. I want to publish a book; a novel or a collection of stories or even poems. But the biggest problem I am facing right now is the lazy boy I see in the mirror every day. I sure hope I can get over this laziness and start doing more to achieve my dreams. I know that I can do it; it’s just that I need the push. For now all I can say is I have a dream………

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Teachers' Day

Teachers play a very important role in the upbringing of a child because of the fact that children spend most of their childhood in schools with teachers. They show us the path to our bright futures and help us keep track whenever we waver about our path. It is therefore very important to celebrate their existence and acknowledge their profession. It is important for us to be reminded of the greatness of teachers, and of their efforts. And what better way to do it than dedicate an entire day to their name and give them the joy they truly deserve.
Today I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude to all the teachers that I’ve had till now, starting first from my family. My parents were my first teachers. They are the reason I can stand up, walk, talk and eat properly. It is because of what they taught me that I have my own identity and that I’m able to present myself to others. My sister and my cousins helped me to learn all the games and other fun stuff to do around the house. It is because of what they taught me that I was able to do what other kids around did and make friends.
I started going out of my house and met my neighbors. It is because of what they taught me that I know how to approach and interact with different people. Then my friends came into my life, bringing something new to learn, something new to talk about every day. It is because of what they taught me that I have a lot of experiences and memories to talk about today.
I joined school and met people who had the title of teachers attached to them. Starting from the ‘A’s and the ‘B’s to the laws of gravity and the big bang theory, from the 1s and 2s to the millions and billions they filled my brain with all the knowledge they had. Teaching us with what was in the curriculum and what was outside of it, they are the reason that I know all that I know today.  They are the reason that I am able to write this very article. Even the teachers of other classes and other schools have taught me something directly or indirectly and I’m grateful to all of them.
It’s not only the people working in the school that teach us but also each and every person we see and talk to everyday. It is important to be thankful to all those who have taught us something, even if it was just a single word. Therefore I would like to thank everyone around me because I learnt whatever I know from you guys. It’s all thanks to you guys.