LETTER: Street begging shows defeat

2016-03-31 06:00

Very often I come across young people begging in the streets and I ask them why they are begging and not doing something with their lives.

Most say their poor backgrounds drove them to the streets, while others say they had to leave school due to lack of funds.

The truth is, no situation is too difficult to be defeated. If your family background forced you to drop out of school, it is your duty to devise other options that will see you escape the jaws of poverty, and begging should not be one of them.

What I am saying is that not everyone has to go the academic route to make it in life. The fact that you are making the absence of resources an excuse is proof that you have accepted defeat.

Strong-minded people can grow a plant in a desert. It does not matter where you grew up, there is always an opportunity to explore. That being said, rural areas and squatter camps, as impoverished as they are, are capable of producing dynamite.

Remember, if you keep on saying people will never ever understand how difficult and complicated your life is, you are unconsciously reinforcing your unfortunate situation.

Find yourself, get out of that shell and you will see that where there is a will, there is a way. The world has a habit of making way for those who know where they are going. Be like a choir conductor, who shows people his back as he performs.

Malusi Dlamini via email

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