Many young people are so caught up with the demands of life that they find it hard to dream the all important dreams of their future. I am a real believer that dreams of who you want to be and what you want to do is the most powerful antidote to low mood on our educational journeys and I’m conscious that the young people that we’re asking to dream these dreams simply do not have the capacity to do so. This is where ‘pastoral pro-activity’ from teachers and loved ones can make all the difference. Put simply, we can create a vision for them. We can share with them what we believe is an appropriate dream and, if they wish, they can simply ‘borrow’ what we are suggesting.
I heard a lovely story the other day of a young girl who, when she was at school, found all areas tricky. Her parents found themselves at a parent teacher meeting and nervously they approached the tutor, expecting the worst. This tutor blew them away with the line “there is nothing wrong with your daughter, she is a dancer”! In later life this lady went on to be a dancer, worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber and was of world wide renown. In my opinion this tutor was inspirational. She saw beyond the immediate and look what happened. Too often the immediate can present a rather dark message and it is by looking up and blue sky thinking that we can really offer young people hope for their futures. As I have said before, our job is to be ‘soldiers of hope’.