One of my dreams for a couple of decades has been to interview the Lady, Aung San Suu Kyi. In fact, while dreaming my dream, I worked very hard at completing that quest. Prior to my trip to Myanmar (Burma), I wrote to dozens of people both here and in Myanmar to have them forward my email and web address to the Lady. However, I was not able to get in contact with her. Even when I was in Myanmar for a month, I talked with many people attempting to reach Aung San Suu Kyi. Nevertheless, all my attempts were to no avail.
Additionally, while in Myanmar, I was invited to a protest rally by Min Ko Naing. There I was at a protest rally near Sule Pagoda on Myanmar's Independence Day in Yangon. It reminded me of protest rallies back in the 60s in the States. While I walked around, I could hear in the background the leaders of the 88 Generation Students with whom I had lunch. Nonetheless, I don't speak Burmese and didn't understand any of their speeches. Nonetheless, what I heard clearly in my mind was Joan Baez singing We Shall Overcome. Those couple hours were one of the most transformative moments in my entire life.
Therefore, after returning from Myanmar, I attempted to contact Joan Baez. I wanted to return to Myanmar with her where she could sing We Shall Overcome near Sule Pagoda where the 8888 Uprising occurred. In addition, I could interview Aung San Suu Kyi. However, I was not able to contact Joan Baez. Therefore, I came to terms with not achieving all that I wanted.
Then it happened...my hauntings. They had returned. My hauntings came to me from three separate sources. My sources were three of my mentors, Don Quixote, Randy Pausch, and Teddy Roosevelt who allowed me to be rejuvenated through their haunting words.
Roosevelt said to fight the good fight, and "if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." I get that. I might fail, but if I do, it is not because I was afraid of trying. If I don't try, failure is certain.
Therefore, after my hauntings from my three mentors, I will try again to interview the Lady and have Joan Baez sing at Sule Pagoda.
Additionally, I am asking you for your help. Someone who reads this essay about my dream might know some means to get to Aung San Suu Kyi or Joan Baez. I need all the help in realizing my dream. Can you imagine what it would be like to have a half million people singing, , which is Burmese for We Shall Overcome at Sule Pagoda? Thank you...in advance.
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