As the world celebrated World AIDS day a few days ago, I was celebrating the accomplishment of a dream I have had for several years now. A few years ago I had an opportunity to work with young children and I loved the experience and at that point I knew that my passion was with these beautiful angels. I knew then that one day I would dedicate my life to making a difference in the lives of these young angels.
Later though with the discovery that I was HIV infected, my life turned into something else and my dream seemed to disappear with it. A few times I was given the opportunity to love these angels when I had my son, and later, when I met his friends. And I hoped that one day my dream would come back to me.
Some time in the middle of this year I made a decision that a few years ago might have been unheard of. Most of us believe outside situations shape our attitudes when, in fact, it is our view of the situations that shape our attitudes. I moved from the capital city Kampala to a smaller town. Fast forward, I didn’t know that God was directing my steps and he caused me to move and be at the right place at the right time. His favor has brought me opportunity and most of all I can be a blessing in the lives of little children because I have been able to start my own Kindergarten and Daycare. I start enrollment in a few days and the response is amazing.
In the end, I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter when you realize your dream. The most important thing for me is that when I realized it, I was given an opportunity of doing something that expresses my passion; I know I will excel and will gain satisfaction. I’ve also learned that starting something from nothing and watching it grow is deeply rewarding.
I have also realized that a genuine support system is essential in building anything. My Parents, siblings and friends have been very supportive financially and in various other ways.
I know many remember having a dream at some point in their life, but now you can’t remember what it really was? Don’t let HIV stop you from living your dream. Just allow it be a part of that dream.
Am living my dream now. Am glad I never stopped dreaming. Life is short, and you never know when it will come to an end. Do you really want to say that you lived a life of unfulfilled dreams?