100 Years of Hope

When someone tells us that they dropped out of school at the age of 16, we judge them straight away. We deem them less useful members of the society, as they most probably won’t lend any of the high-end jobs. There is no hope for that person, right?


Education doesn’t always mean you succeed in life, just as it doesn’t mean that you will be happier the more schools you attend, the more qualifications you have. One ‘bad’ decision can change the course of your life, true, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be lost for ever.

People often judge others based on common conceptions and misconceptions. They set morals that everyone should abide by, and if they don’t, they are cast out. Well, in some cases, society is wrong in assuming that just because someone doesn’t follow the rules, they are unworthy of success and happiness.

A perfect example of this is the case of Bob Hope – 100 years of hope. He dropped out of school at the age of 16, so everybody gave up on him. As far as society was concerned, he wasn’t worth the effort anymore. But guess what? He didn’t think the same way about society, and ended up being a major part of many people’s lives, challenging the norm.

He lived to see the sun on his 100th birthday, and for years of hope he performed for people in the army, bringing a smile on miserable faces. He acted in more than 50 movies, and became a famous comedian, which was always his dream.

True, he could have let his past define him, but he chose to embrace the things that happened, learn from them and use them as building blocks for his future. He never lost his sense of humour, neither did he lose his faith in humanity. If anything, he restored that faith for many other people, being a true inspiration.

Because we all have things we always wanted to try, but society or our circumstances prevented us from doing them. Did you always want to learn the piano, but you didn’t, because it wasn’t fashionable in that day and age? Or you might have wanted to pick up another hobby, but you never did, because you were afraid of what others would think of you if you did.

Bob 100 years of hope taught us many things during his century of bringing people hope (no pun intended). He had many odd jobs, long before he became a comedian. He didn’t earn much, and he wasn’t particularly skilled at the things he had to do, but it didn’t stop him from doing them. He practiced day in and day out, until he acquired new skills and got one step closer to his goals.

He had a dream, and he chose to ignore everything that was in his way. He eventually achieved his dream career by being persistent and patient. And he even managed to give back to the community.

The first step is always to set a goal for yourself. And then, once you want it bad enough, it won’t matter how big or small that goal is, because you have everything you need to make that dream a reality.

Whether you want to do something new, support a different charity, or change careers, remember this: if you have your mind and heart set on it, you can succeed. Stay motivated and inspired, bringing hope and light to others as well, just like Bob Hope did.

Also read about The Advent Of The New “US”.

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