- Posted August 17, 2014 by
Pembroke Pnes, Florida
This iReport is part of an assignment:
O' Captain, My Captain.
In 1990, I was seventeen years old, halfway teenager. That means to be mature enough to not be a kid but kid enough to not be a man. I was still a virgin, never had a girlfriend, probably was the shiest kid in school, in the neighborhood, definitely, tough times for me. I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to do with my life; well, I had an idea. I dreamt about becoming a sports reporter, but how I was supposed to reach my dream if I wasn’t able to stand in front of my schoolmates and deliver a couple of words.
However something changed during that year or should I say someone changed my life, making me feel that he understood me. That person who came into my life was Mr. John Keating, although I prefer to call him O’ Captain, My Captain. With his passion, he encouraged me to fight for my dreams, to believe in myself.
Carpe Diem, aprovecha el dia. Those two latin words, together with his educational approach opened a window of hope in my life.
Long story short, years later, I got a degree in journalism and worked as a TV reporter in the first sports TV station in my home country, Venezuela.
I enjoyed all of his characters, but Mr. Robin Williams, or I dare to give him the distinction Sir. Robin Williams through Mr. Keating helped me face my adolescence but at the end of the day, he always will be O’ Captain, My Captain.