It all started 8 months ago (last October) when I woke up one morning, having that image/movie, that I had in my dream, repeating itself again and again in my mind. Basically it was about seeing myself very happy walking with a group of people that I know in one of the well known streets in New York City…
Honestly I didn’t pay great attention to that dream specifically, since I really didn’t believe that what you see in your dreams will necessarily turn into a reality anyway.
That same dream just repeated itself 3 times in the same month! Every morning I woke up when having this dream and was like something odd was happening! Why this dream in particular?! Why New York City?! And who are these group of people that I know but can’t already recognize in my dream?!
Three months later, and by pure chance, my English teacher at college told me about the MEPI leadership program! It was 2 weeks before the announced deadline she told me about it.
Honestly, I didn’t take the issue seriously at the beginning, since I already had my plan for summer; which was basically volunteering at the nearby elderly center and taking the summer courses at college. Also, I was thinking in such a way like going to the states isn’t that easy thing especially in such competitive program where hundreds of applications are submitted annually and only 5 or 6 people are selected.
February the 2nd was a remarkable day!! My MEPI application was sent just 1 hour before the assigned deadline was over!!
Actually, I was not really taking the whole thing seriously. It was like, well, this is an opportunity that I can just get or simply miss! As simple as that, and in both cases, I’m perfectly fine!!
Days passed quickly, and I had almost forgotten about the application thing, all of a sudden, on April the 18th, my cellphone rang at 9:20 am!!
A serious strong voice came out of the phone: “Hello Adnan! This Mrs. Maureen from the US Consulate in Jerusalem with you. Congrats! You have been officially accepted in the MEPI program!!”
It was a turning point, I must admit!!
I started really thinking how this opportunity is going to change my life! How lucky I am and how I was fitting to this program’s criteria without even thinking about the matter a lot!!
So here I am! It’s July the 23rd!! We’ve just arrived to New York! It’s been an amazing stay in the US with one of the most lovely people on earth!!
Honestly, I was supposed to write my blog post 4 days ago!! But I’ve intentionally waited till I arrive to New York!! And our lovely Rachel (program coordinator) was like: “Adnan, sI have not yet received your blog post from Saturday. Please turn it in by midnight tonight.
So right now in this exact moment, it’s about 1:30 am in the hotel room! We have just arrived from Times Square and I can clearly and honestly tell that our walk as a MEPI group in the streets just around that square and stopping by the shops here and there were the exact real realization of my dream
I can tell that New York is much more beautiful in reality than it seemed to be in my dream :p! It’s an entirely different world!
Now I have a new belief in my life, which is: never ignore that voice or image that’s coming from your inside and repeating again and again!
I think a dream can change one’s life and from this moment on, a valuable guideline in my life is adopted by myself; listen to your gut and dreams! Your subconscious might be related in some way to your bright future and never ever hesitate about it !! You will get there, definitely you will!!
In Times Square