Mister B's Blog
Ever since I was a young boy, I have dreamed about Wimbledon. Each summer, my excitement level builds as the tournament known simply as “The Championships” approaches. Then, at the completion of the two-week fortnight, I have a feeling not unlike that of a young child whose seasonal enchantment is destroyed when the adults pack away all the Christmas decorations for another year.
Wimbledon has a special meaning to me because until the day arrives when I can actually attend the tournament in person, it will remain my only significant bucket list vacation. As I get older, based both on time constraints and financial constraints, every trip that I take is measured with the mental yardstick of whether or not traveling elsewhere will decrease my chances of actually making it across the pond to attend Wimbledon.
I want to list out some of the reasons why Wimbledon is so important and meaningful to me.
So why after 37 months did I choose to break my blog silence to record this entry? The answer is simple. We are all driven by our dreams. I have a deep-rooted dream to attend Wimbledon. As a young boy, Novak Djokovic dreamed of becoming the Wimbledon champion and promised himself that if he did so, he would eat the grass on Centre Court.
In a similar way, high school students across the country are driven by dreams to improve their standing in life through a college education. There may be a myriad of personal reasons for which they pursue a particular college/university or a particular major, but they are focused and determined in that pursuit. This is because the dream holds a position of unparalleled importance in their hearts, and they have held on tightly to that dream for years.
Make no mistake, someday when I walk up to the iron gates of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and I see the letters AELTC, I suspect that I will drop to my knees and shed some tears. It may be comparable to the moment of strangely emotional exuberance when students receive a letter of college acceptance from what they consider their dream school – but I’m only trying to check off my bucket list, not improve my standing in life.
“In dreams, we enter a world that’s entirely our own.”
- Albus Dumbledore