Never say die
WHILE many people are setting themselves goals for the new year, there are those building walls around themselves, chained by fear of failure or a not-good-enough mentality.
We can all take a leaf from the book of matriculants like Neha Patel, who bagged three distinctions despite suffering constant pain due to a debilitating spinal disease that causes vertebrae to fuse together.
Failure wasn’t an option, so even when the pain was unbearable, Neha kept going.
Then we have Ephodia Mudau, who not only had to learn to navigate through life as a blind person after losing her sight in 2014 but had to deal with the loss of her brother – her family’s breadwinner – just three months before her final exams.
She bagged multiple distinctions, and was among the country’s top achievers who got recognised on Wednesday by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga as shining examples of excellence.
Ephodia didn’t hide behind the fact she had lost her sight. The loss of her brother in an accident could have also pushed her over the edge but she held on, worked hard and emerged victorious.
If these two young women could make it, so can you.