Writer: Lerato “Ratos” Maphalla
Who would have thought that a petite girl like myself, from the dusty streets of Soweto would go to University and successfully complete her Psychology degree on record time?
I must honestly say that I also doubted myself. I questioned my abilities. I was too focused on my circumstances and where I came from “a girl who lives in a four room house”. Note: not four bedrooms, four rooms.
I know a lot of my peers who blame their circumstances and their poverty stricken backgrounds for not staying positive and working hard for what they want to achieve. Blaming our backgrounds, parents or even the government is really unnecessary and backward thinking.
Accomplishing our goals requires time and a positive “I CAN DO IT MENTALITY”. I often hear people speak about how unfair life is. If you think about it, we all are given the same amount of time each day. Twenty four hours. Pretty fair don’t you think? How we spend these hours is a reflection of the passion we have for our goals and aspirations. Yes, we are young, we have “lives” but time waits for NO man. Use your time (and resources) wisely.
A negative mentality is created by self-doubt and fear. It is all in the mind. If you can get your mind to think positive thoughts, you are half way there. Keep on, keeping on.