I Will Fly; A speech by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Summary / Review

I will Fly is adapted from a number of speeches by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.  He has repeatedly used these ideas in many of his speeches.

The opening lines of the lesson are from a song written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney's 1940 adaptation of the movie Pinocchio. The original version was sung by Cliff Edwards.

Listen to the original score "When you wish upon a star"


When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you
If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

In this speech Dr Kalam says that the ignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource on the earth. So they need not fear about their future.

Then he narrates an incident that took place during a meeting at Govt HSS North Paravoor, Kerala on 17 Dec 2011 where Dr Kalam inaugurated a programme called Sasthrayaan.  After the address a boy asked him a question.  He shared his dream and said that he was not confident enough to achieve it.  He wanted to know what he should do.

As an answer to his question Dr Kalam quoted a few lines from a poem by the famous 13th century Persian Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi.

“I am born with potential.
I am born with goodness and trust.
I am born with ideas and dreams.
I am born with greatness.
I am born with confidence.
I am born with wings.

So, I am not meant for crawling,
I have wings, I will fly
I will fly and fly”

Then he stresses the importance of being unique.  Every youth wants to be unique.  But the world around them are trying to make the conform to certain ideals.  This is one of the toughest battles they are going to fight.

He exhorts the youth to never stop fighting for achieving the goal of becoming a unique person. 

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