Never say die

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS -

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.

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