Find that aeroplane in your backyard

2016-06-15 06:00
Neo Mokhoa - Social Observer

Neo Mokhoa - Social Observer

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GROWING UP, we had dreams that were bigger than the world.

We loved without care and we were truly free.

As children, we had zero worries and we took everyone around us as our family.

Back then, there were no criteria for who you wanted to have as your friend.

You played with someone regardless of their appearances or backgrounds.

You would share your dreams and you would make sure that your dreams were bigger than your peers, not because you wanted to outshine them, but simply because you saw it possible to have an aeroplane in your backyard.

Everything was possible and you dreamt without limits.

Maturity has somehow made other people’s dreams a little smaller and dimmer.

We now love selectively and our freedom is only in words and our minds are in captivity.

Fear is the greatest captor of everything progressive and has caged most dreams and versions.

It is a prison which has kept many people from breaking boundaries.

Fear of the unknown has crippled many people.

Fear can engulf a person’s life and the person will not even know it.

Fear camouflages itself with laziness, comfort, procrastination and the most fatal one, silence.

People are now scared of sharing their dreams because they have been told that their dreams will never materialise Z and not from strangers but the very people who were meant to be their biggest cheerleaders.

People have limited your dreams.

They have told you that you should be more “realistic” when you told them that you wanted to change the lives in your community.

Fear has been instilled in our minds through what we have seen, heard and been told.

You have been told that you cannot achieve your dreams simply because no one has ever made it that far.

You have seen the “mighty” fall and now you are questioning if ever you will make it.

That is when people resort to a permanent solution to a temporary problem Z settling for a seven to five job while in the dark hours of the night your head is pounding with evolutionary ideas.

Our past experiences is, unfortunately, one of the biggest components of this tragedy.

Although we cannot change or undo them, our past mistakes and disappointments have made us give up on the desires of our hearts.

Every time one feels like getting back on the horse, you have vivid flashbacks of your last injuries.

Do not let your past hold you back.

Take every failure, disappointment and discouragement as things you will use to build up your testimony.

At times, it may look like all your efforts are in vain, but where there is life, there you will find hope.

Surround yourself with positive people, who will breathe life into you. Keep dreaming and working towards your dream.

  • Be always optimistic and do not give up. Break free from fear. It is not too late! To comment or express your views about the issue highlighted in the column, go to www.express-news.co.za.

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