Brümilda van Rens­burg

Glamour (South Africa) - - Contents - Brümilda’s in­spi­ra­tion

What is the most im­por­tant les­son you’ve learnt in your ca­reer? I love this by writer Kahlil Gi­bran: “Work is love made vis­i­ble.” I’ve never thought of my work as a job, but as a call­ing that brings mean­ing and pur­pose to my life. In the end, that will al­ways be love.

What is the im­por­tance of fam­ily? My fam­ily is my great­est sup­port. My par­ents, Fanie and Freda, gave me un­con­di­tional love and taught me the love of God. My brother, pho­tog­ra­pher Renico, was my con­fi­dant and sec­ondin-com­mand, and I have huge re­spect for my sis­ters, Nancy and Fredrika. When I think of my fam­ily, pure love is what comes to mind.

How im­por­tant is friend­ship? My re­la­tion­ship with my friends goes back to our high school days, and we share our splen­dour, de­sires and de­lights as well as our grief. It’s im­por­tant to drop all ac­co­lades with your friends and sim­ply be your­self. The abil­ity to be com­pletely vul­ner­a­ble is of ut­most im­por­tance – it aids in build­ing life-long, healthy re­la­tion­ships.

Ad­vice for tough times? When it comes to work, I be­lieve that ev­ery­one knows the rules: the show must al­ways go on. So per­sonal prob­lems are best left at home. As for tri­als, they will come in all ar­eas of life, but the key is to let your light shine re­gard­less of the cir­cum­stances. Also, try not to gos­sip, don’t be self­ish, tell the truth, have com­pas­sion and al­ways be re­spect­ful.

What is your mes­sage to young women? Mark Twain said, “The two most im­por­tant days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” If you live with a sense of pos­si­bil­ity, po­ten­tial and op­ti­mism, you will dis­cover your life pur­pose, and that will lead to hap­pi­ness. “Af­ter every storm, there is a rain­bow. If you have eyes, you will find it. If you have wis­dom, you will cre­ate it. If you have love for your­self and oth­ers, you won’t need it.” – Shan­non L Alder “One is loved be­cause one is loved. No rea­son is needed for lov­ing.” – Paulo Coelho “Love has noth­ing to do with what you are ex­pect­ing to get – only with what you are ex­pect­ing to give – which is ev­ery­thing.”

“Don’t let the mist of cir­cum­stances block your imag­i­na­tion and stop you from mak­ing new be­gin­nings.”

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