We, by no means can control our lives entirely

Rae A.

Dear Diary,

I was told repeatedly in my secondary school years that when I graduated, life would not be the same. I found the thought highly amusing. After all, I ate with these people every day, I laughed with them, I fought with them, I cried with them; we were practically family.

Shortly after graduating, I realized the truth in the words I was so often told. My schoolmates were a thing of the past and we all lead different lives now. School, which I remember so clearly, seemed so distant now.

I remember a conversation I had with my mother whilst walking in the city’s street sometime aback. Whilst we were walking, we came across a well-known vagrant, and I watched on with interest as she spoke to the individual. After their brief conversation, my mother mentioned that she had attended school with the drifter. I was stunned.

I was scrolling through the comment section earlier this week on a popular local site, and an individual shared that one of the most “brilliant” individuals he had attended school with had lost his sanity. I would hate to think that would be me or my former mates a few years from now. God forbid.

One thing I practice routinely is to observe my surroundings and the people who dwell in it, as I can gain wisdom and can offer advice to others. If we can all boost each other positively in some way or the other, we can make powerful strides.

Every other day, we come across individuals who are victims to stereotypes. It sometimes fills me with annoyance as it is patent that the individual can do better, but chooses that life.

We, by no means can control our lives entirely. In fact, we can attain the best of things but can fall right back down the ladder. But, we should always try our hardest to be the best that we can be. It’s easy to sit on the chill spot in the corner and give up on life. Decide that you’ll remain in poverty, because there,seemingly, is no way out. OR, you can pick up as many books as you can: become a member of the library, borrow your classmate’s text book, and listen intently to the speeches guest speakers, and teachers at your school, give, in an attempt to motivate you.

You can do online research onfamous individuals, who came from a poor or troubled background:those who scrubbed the floors and those who were labelled as ‘good for nothings’. You may not have a computer but your classmate may be kind enough to allow you to spend some time on theirs. You can use those at your school after seeking permission or you can even go to a small shop where you pay a few dollars for an hour or half an hour.

Print out the best piece of advice that a well-known individual has ever received and how they used those words to attain success; print out powerful words that speak to you, and stick those words on your bedroom wall. Your wall may be shabby, but these words, will light them up.

Close your eyes, and dream. So many dreams never come to life. But the wonderful thing is, you have the power to.

Hip-hop mogul and entrepreneur Jay Z, didn’t have the best of beginnings, and did not take the best of paths but the important thing is that he changed his direction.

Here are two of his best quotes:

“As kids we didn’t complain about being poor; we talked about how rich we were going to be and made moves to get the lifestyle we aspired to.”

“I’m hungry for knowledge. The whole thing is to learn every day, to get brighter and brighter. That’s what this world is about. Martin Luther King glowed. I think that’s from being bright all the time, and trying to be brighter.”

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