To the future of South Africa

2014-03-17 09:01

This is to you. This is an open letter to the youth, seeking motivation, encouragement and a little insight on how to see the bigger picture. After taking a look at my own life from the good to the bad. I have witnessed many disappointments, heart breaks, triumphs and humbling moments. I would like the opportunity to address the dreamers, doers, believers, thinkers and future leaders. To share with them, some of the lessons I've learnt so far and also the insight of some of South Africa’s most well-known individuals. “The youth need to have fun and do their best every day. Before you know it, everything gets really serious and the pressure starts to build up! Have a passion for what you are doing and just believe in yourself. Know where you want to go and what you’re capable of, no matter how high your standards are, it's all about having confidence” – Francois Hougaard.

The 13 year old dreamer in me is my motivation. She wants to do bigger and better things. She is bright eyed & bushy tailed and excited about life's possibilities, within the scope of her dreams. A young person needs to be conscious of their end goal in every situation and what it will take to get there. If you are always working on yourself & focusing on what brings you joy and fulfilment. Life can be a blissful and full experience. Dineo Moeketsi
  We are not meant to be perfect, we are meant to be whole.

I remember the first day walking into varsity residence. I saw 90 other first years, all trying to figure out how they’ll fit into this place. Of course, there were guys, smarter, taller and more prepared than me, but I realised that life is no competition.

We are all equipped individually, to offer something to the world, our purpose. We have all struggled but we need to realise, that we are more than conquerors. We need to stop blaming ourselves for things that did or didn’t happen as planned.

There is always going to be tough times, no one said life is going to be easy. The key is to have goals and aspirations to focus on. So we can look forward to the best possible future. Stop stressing about being perfect, but rather concentrate on doing what you can and being the best YOU, you can be.

The most important advice my parents and grandparents gave me, was to write my goals down in a book. For my 16 birthday I received a “GOAL” book from my gran, and I still write all my goals in it. To this day, I keep a goal diary and often  reflect back on ideas that I had when I was younger. It also helps me to know where I am going, and where I am coming from.  To achieve your dreams or your goals, you need to persevere but this isn’t always as easy said as done. Always keep your long term goals in mind. Don’t get discouraged by negative people or by setbacks: learn a lesson and get back to your goal or your dream. The initial steps are often tricky and difficult, but once you have made it through the hard stuff. It is only going to get easier. You just have to keep at it and believe in yourselfLiezel van der Westhuizen
“One can never be too grateful” – Ditshwanelo Moloi   7 Billion People, 14 billion faces.

Stop trying so hard to fit in when you were clearly made to stand out.  People already think you're weird... so don't entertain them. Believe you can achieve anything you put your mind to, no matter how bizarre or far-fetched because it is what makes you unique. You have a right to be here, just as much as everyone else, you have a purpose. Don’t look left or right to see what other people are doing.

Look at yourself because at the end of the day, you come alone and you leave alone. You are an individual for a reason, focus on your gifts, talents and skills. Remember the tiger doesn't lose sleep over the opinion of the sheep!

I think young people need to know that they have far more support than they realize. Living your life to the fullest basically means traveling through your God planned journey with no fear and no regrets. Whatever your heart longs for, doing what you love and what fulfils you. Surrounding yourself with joy and love at all times - if you have all of these, then you are living life to its fullest. Be patient and know that pain is part of the process. Respect for yourself and others will get you to where you long to be. You can only get stronger from here so just be patient and never cease to pray. I think the best part about growing up is all the knowledge and wisdom that unexpectedly creeps up on you and the appreciation of friendships and family.  Boitumelo Thulo
  “It’s a scary thought that in couple of years we will be out there strutting our stuff, flexing the muscles trying to show the world what we have to offer.” - Davishkar Moopanar Knowledge is power

Believe it or not, everything really happens for a reason. Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn. One major lesson I’ve learnt is that you need to learn, from mistakes and triumphs.

This will end up helping you to know how, where, what, who and when you can achieve your goals more easily. To be honest, things are given to us on a silver platter and I feel like we’re taking things for granted. We have so much more opportunities in our lives to do great things! We need to use our knowledge from our pasts and our present to push us forward.

A young person needs to know how vulnerable we all are, and how uncertain our time on earth is. I learnt to appreciate this when my brother Jarren died at the tender age of 23. I know that I have overcome, such great challenges and hurdles that life has thrown at me. I’m still here, I’m still standing. I know that if I just keep moving forward, things get better. Prepare to make mistakes, and remember that it’s ok to fall, as long as you get up again. Danny K
I desperately want to be an active participant to make SA a great nation. Being a fence sitter is not good enough” – Ashraf Garda   Sometimes you need to be your own hero.

This past Friday night, instead of heading out to party with my friends, I chose to do something else. I spent the night giving back to my community by spending time with the homeless.

I met a young man by the name of Tshego, who is only 21, living on the streets. Even though his been living around the corner for quite some time, he believes, that he is only a visitor. And that he won’t be stuck in the streets forever.

You need to understand that no one is forced to support you or make your dreams come true. It is your own responsibility to make things happen for yourself. Yes, times get really tough but you are STRONGER than them. You have all you need in order to be GREAT, so stop pointing fingers, looking for excuses and just change your own life around. This is your time to shine.

Don't just dream at night. Dream all day. Dream for a living.  Be brave. Be crazy. Take chances. Never try to fit in, you were born to stand out. Live your dream. Love yourself. Love others. Just love every moment of heartbreak and pain in your life because it always leads to something better. It seems the more tough the times are, the better things will be in the end. It's one of life's great lessons. When times get tough, stick it out, something better is around the corner. ” – Jonathan Boynton-Lee

“Give 100% in everything you do, do as much as you can, find things that make you happy and do them regularly.” – Schalk Ferreira

“Be engrained into your parent’s rules, teachings and advice. They are the best teachers.” – Jennifer Lubile

“You’re young enough to make mistakes and bounce back from them quickly.” – Harriet Bentley

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