YOU are a Masterpiece

2014-04-19 07:57

H Jackson Brown Jr. once said, “When you can't change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails

Today on my 19th birthday, I would like to share with you a few things that I’ve learnt thus far.

I remember a year back on this day, I was in the 5fm studio with the fresh drive team. At first I thought, hey it’s my birthday I’m going to be featured on the show but instead I watched Dj Fresh do his thing. I patiently waited for the moment for DJ fresh to announce my name and be on air again but it never happened.  From that moment, I realised it was going to be a tough year and if I really wanted to make it, I’d have to work very hard.

Right then and there I learnt that my dreams belong to me. No matter if you want to be a gardener, teacher, computer engineer, politician, media mogul or professional student, the act of making it a reality is up to you and I can tell you right now, you CAN do it.  People aren’t always going to be there for you, that’s why you need to learn how to handle things on your own. Greatness is within you and its time you realise it! Just like when the sun has set, no candle can replace it, it’s your time to shine and no matter how hard you fall – you are going to make it.

Nelson Mandela once wrote in one of his letters to Winnie Madikizela–Mandela, “Difficulties break some men but make others.” Sometimes things will happen in life that you have no control over. Yes, you will be hurt and frustrated but you need to learn that NO ONE controls the outcome of your tomorrow. If you fall, get back up. If you stumble, re-gain your balance. Never give up.

YOU are more than good enough. YOU are great - no matter what anyone else has to say. YOU have the power to be anything you want to be and you CAN change your surroundings!  Remember, your future is GREAT, so start acting like it…

To those of you feeling lost or even broken, remember that you are never going to be that way forever. The past does not define who you are, not even the worst mistakes. You can turn your life around with just one smile, to just one thought. To anyone going through a rough time, who feels like the hardship just won’t win. I want you to know, you aren’t the only one. You are such an amazing person who is so strong and smart. You know who you are and not many people seem to these days.

I want to remind you that you are worth it. You are capable of making a difference in this world and you have in the people around you. So face your fears, wipe your tears and wake up every day stronger than yesterday.  You are a warrior, and warriors fight through all their battles, they stand tall and  show everyone just how brave they are.

When I look back on that day at 5fm, it gives me the hope that everything happens for a reason.  Of course at the time I was a bit crushed but that made the fire within me so much greater and I am so excited to watch my life unfold.

Life’s a miracle. So stop acting as if it’s nothing and make something out of what you have.

-          Dennis Ngango

Twitter : @DennisNgango

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