I Want to be a Social Worker, Just Like My Parents
Is it a very noble dream?
Almost all of children and teenagers, if they are asked about their dreams, they will answer to be a successful people, that refers to have a lot of money, live comfortably and always happy. But Anan, a 7th grader of SMP N 1 Pakem, Sleman has a different mission in his life.
He told us proudly about how noble his mom and dad who take care of disable children at an institution in Kaliurang. He said that his mom and dad often go home late, so he has responsibility to take care of his little siblings. He said, “even though the income of his mom and dad is low, but we are happy because we can help others”.
Anan has touched our heart, and maybe also yours. Even more when the tears started coming down from his eyes after hear this question: “Are you sure that you can reach your dream?”
He just put his head down, and after the interviewer said some motivational words, he answered: “I am sad every time I hear the question, because my mom and dad have told me that they couldn’t fund my education to high school. So how can I continue to university? How can I be a nurse?”
There are a lot of fears. About dreams. About future. About failure. About the burden that someday he will bear. About uncertain things. Children tend to think way forward, when the parents do not pay sufficient attention to them.
Being raised in a ‘difficult’ situation, the tendency to be pessimistic is higher, because they are left alone with their own thought. Even though they have an incredible potential. There must be a somebody who accompanies them to maintain their spirits and dreams alive, to guide them in choosing a right way to reach their dream and also to avoid them ruled by their fears.
Sometimes, it is a difficult thing for parent just to listen their children babbling. The voice and thought of children are sometimes under-valued, because of their young age. So whom they can talk to? There must be someone for them.
That’s why we would like that the good communication happens between “Adik Bintang” and “Kakak Bintang”. “Kakak Bintang” can motivate “Adik Bintang” with their success stories, even if only via a piece of letter. “Adik Bintang” can also inspire “Kakak Bintang” to sharpen their social awareness.
It is not the condition who defines us, but it is us who defines the condition
(This story was translated from Bahasa to English by Isye Hayatina who is a Sponsor Sibling living in Jakarta. Kak Isye is a Process Engineer who loves travelling and education. She believes that education is the only way to make Indonesia a better place to live.)