In case you missed the show (and because I definitely cannot sum up the year better), here are the ending thoughts, written and performed by our senior playwright, Ceydee:
"Going back to achieve your dreams, not judging a book by it’s cover, the power of friendship and open communication, learning the tough lesson that winning isn’t everything, the power of teamwork, and staying true to yourself and what you feel is your purpose in life–These are some of the themes that have been showcased throughout this play, and many of these same themes have revealed themselves this past year at Sapna (which as many of you know, Sapna is Hindi for 'dream' and that is how we landed on the dreams theme in the first place, credit to Neil).
The performance also touches on the idea that it’s okay to not know what your dream is, or to have so many dreams that when someone asks you about them, you don’t really know how to answer them. Although Eden said in the play that she has her whole life ahead of her planned out, we all know that a lot of that will inevitably change, and that’s okay too. People often ask about what you want for your future, and most people just love when you have a nice, short answer. “I want to be a nurse,” “I want to be a singer and musician,” “I want to be an elementary school teacher,” or “I love engineering and technology, so I think I’m going to go to school for something like that.” But what if someone has a lot of little ideas, a lot of dreams, and they can’t just simply answer that question. Every time the well-meaning inquiry is made, it may leave a sense of wondering, longing, and sometimes anxiety in those who aren’t sure, who feel like they have to make a decision, now, based on everyone else’s needs. It’s okay to try things out. It’s okay to not have a concise answer. It’s okay to simply not know. It is about the journey of finding your purpose, saying, “you know what, that is what I thought I wanted, but now I just don’t think it’s right for me." It's more about that discovery than it is actually checking that off your bucket list. Because your dreams are ever changing, evolving, shifting. You reach one goal, and you have another. It changes, you want more or you want something different. That is all okay.
I’m going to share a poem that many of you will recognize. The central idea of the poem is that there is a decision that must be made, you have to make a choice on what path you will go down, and taking the less ‘popular’ path makes a difference in the end. I am not using this poem to infer that there is only one path you can take in life, but rather that taking the “against the grain” path can make a big impact in your life, and in the lives of others. Sometimes, the abstract answer that people don’t appreciate (as they want something simpler), the dreams unlike what most people have, can develop into the most important part of your life. And you’ll love that abstract answer, because it is YOU instead of it being someone else."
The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both.
And be one traveler, long I stood.
And looked down one as far as I could.
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh.
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
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