Buenos Aires, Argentina. Soñar Despierto (To dream while awake) is
called to transform the hearts of the young people of
the world. For a day some youths became a team
of plastic surgeons changing the face of our society.
25th Soñar Despierto performed their first plastic surgery reconstructing a
beautiful smile on the faces of 1500 Argentinean orphans. Five
hundred helpers made up the troop of happiness whose only
desire was to give their time so that the little
guests had a time to remember in an amusement park
in the city of Buenos Aires.
The 500 "surgeons" of Soñar
Despierto did not only draw smiles on the faces of
the children, but also changed the hearts of many people
who saw the enthusiasm with which they gave of themselves
to make these children happy.
One of the young men, made
"surgeon" for the day, wanted to show us his transformed
heart; surely his words speak better that any other narration:
name is Gonzalo and I was lucky to participate in
the Soñar Despierto event at the amusement park and truly
I lived it like a dream, that is, I think
that the idea was for the kids to have a
day so wonderful that it would be like a beautiful
deam. But, honestly, I was the one dreaming.
"I want to
thank you, Soñar Despierto, for giving me the opportunity to
participate in something so special and congratulate you for having
organized it so well.
"But, basically, I want to tell you
how I felt: I felt new - even if
I ended up with a splitting headache - I felt
renewed in spirit. I felt useful, like I had not
felt in a while. I felt useful in many aspects
work, family, friendship, etc.), but more that just useful, I
felt needed. That is a beautiful thing, isn´t it? To
feel that somebody needs you. Well, also I felt very
grateful to God for giving me the chance to have
such a beautiful day. I am now so much more
thankful for all that I have.
"I also realized - as
I imagine others did too - that I complain about
small things. To see these kids (even if I
didn´t have the best of childhoods), I realized that I
have to be more thankful to God than I am
right now. At times I felt like a storm
of desolation was coming (I´m not trying to be poetic,
I just can´t think of another word) when I saw
the park so big and I saw the children so.
I don´t know. alone, little, defenseless, fragile, I felt something
like. ´how impressive. how hard life is for some people.´
Even though, obviously, I tried not to think about
that too much and put my efforts in trying to
give my all to these kids who probably don´t question
their reality, but just live it.
"Well, I don´t want to
write a long and boring letter. I simply wanted
to transmit a tidbit of what I felt. and I
couldn´t let the opportunity go by to thank you with
all my heart and, in a certain way on behalf
of all those little kids. I thank you, Soñar
Despierto, for existing.