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Didi Kasim: Living out his dream

Teddy Hans

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, July 29, 2019  /  10:26 am
Didi Kasim: Living out his dream

Dream comes true: Didi Kasim had dreamed of working at 'National Geographic' ever since he was a kid and 14 years ago that dream became a reality. (Courtesy of Taman Nasional Matalawa, Sumba/-)

Every kid has grandiose dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. For some, it is becoming a superhero. For others, it is an astronaut or a professional athlete. The vast majority of those dreams never materialize into anything other than abstract, wishful thinking. Didi Kasim, however, is part of the small minority of people who were able to turn their childhood dreams into reality. Didi’s hobbies growing up, first in Sumatra and then in Jakarta, almost exclusively lay outdoors. He could often be found biking, hiking and climbing mountains and he knew from a very young age that he wanted his job to include exploring nature. Right around that time, he discovered National Geographic. The bright yellow bordering that has been the calling card of National Geographic for more than 100 years has captured the hearts and minds of people of all ages. For Didi, the TV sp...