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Joel Vlademer Mkhefa

Joel Vlademer Mkhefa

I never thought that I’d be where I am today. I had everything figured out, and I had a plan as to how I want my life to be after matric. I passed, and I had to find money to register at university. Luckily my uncle came through for me, and I got in. Sadly, I couldn’t get funding but the reality is, I was raised by a single, unemployed mom, and getting help from a pensioner was not going to be possible. I had to deregister, and I fell into a depression. So, during that time, the following thought raced through my mind: I am gay, and I’m going to continue to be poor, and I could already hear the judgement from the community, in my head. The one thing I was sure of was that I knew what I wanted, and once I got over my fears, I decided to volunteer for a year and help kids in need. It was not for the money, but more for the passion I felt. We shouldn’t give to others only when we have everything; we should give because we know how it feels to have nothing. Nothing should stop you from reaching for your dreams, I’ve faced many challenges, but, I know one day it will be worth it. Giving up is not an option. I suggest you use your fear as a tool to succeed because the world is yours for the taking. Just tell yourself that. I don’t want to be part of the statistics of people who failed, but I do want to be part of that group that got up, and tried again.

Only you have the power to change your life.

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