‘I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then’ ~ Lewis Caroll
Over the last few months, some would say that I’ve been to hell and back; my life was being torn apart. It’s true what people say, a literal brush with death really does make you re-evaluate your life choices and achievements. Through this reevaluation, I have found myself thinking over what I will get out of life. You only live once. But when you do it right, once is enough. I like to think that what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. So here I am, working on not only piecing myself together but also my happiness and to make my life a dream and my dreams a reality. My dream is to help the children in Nakuru, Kenya because I want to give them a chance and opportunity, I want to stand by them and watch them achieve to great heights. You may have seen my speech at assembly a few weeks ago, further explaining this. I will be discussing part of my story with you, through what I believe makes up our happiness and who we are as individual people.
BE YOURSELF! there is nothing I can stress more. This has been the first step for me. There is no better you than you and no better me than me. So what is the point in being someone your not? I found that, over the period of a few months, I had actually been going day in and day out without actually being happy. This is simply because I was not being true to myself, I wasn’t being me. I had ended up disregarding some of my biggest values and ended up with multiple big violations of trust. I would change myself to fit in and seek the approval of others, but part of the bumpy road to happiness is to feel good about yourself without feeling the need for anyone else’s approval. You are you and no one can take that away. After coming to realise this, I found that I need a little light in the dark, something to help me find my way. From the age of nine, I started asking my parents if we could sponsor a child, but we never got around to it. Now that I am 15, I have decided to sponsor one, maybe even two. This has been my source of happiness, this is me, this is who I am, and I’m not shamed. Why should I try to be someone else when everyone else is already taken? So here I am, being me, being myself and nothing makes me happier!
Without a challenge, you will never know what you will become. I have set myself a challenge, a little light in the dark. My challenge has been constantly reset because I am only just realising what I can achieve. My first goal was to raise one thousand dollars, by the end of the year, for the children in Nakuru, Kenya. Within 20 hours of releasing the article with my story, over $900 was donated. This means that I am already capable of sponsoring a child, so my goal has been reset to raise enough for the sponsorship of two children. With a sponsorship the child will be able to attend school, eat properly, have stationary and clothes, all of these will benefit the child greatly and there is nowhere better to start than here. As some famous person once said, ‘Education is the strongest tool for changing poverty’. With these goals already well underway, I am already planning another fundraiser with a goal to travel to see the children with Charlies Mum, Sarah. This is a life experience that will shape me and the rest of my life, it is something that I won’t miss for the world. By challenging yourself you can discover hidden things about yourself and find your limits.
Do what you love. In order to find happiness, you must do what you love. When you have a passion and a drive, you can do anything! With the things we love in life, like all else, we sometimes fall or stumble but don’t let this dim you spark, allow it to be the fuel to your fire. We fall so we can get ourselves back up because there are no highs without lows. So when life puts you in a tough situation, don’t say ‘Why me?’, say ‘Try me!’ Work for a cause, not for applause, live to express not to impress. Just do what you love and what makes you happy. For me, my fundraisers have been keeping me afloat and I have started to turn my dreams into a reality. With things such as this, and the other things you may love, there will be haters, there will be doubters, there will be nonbelievers, and there will be you proving them wrong. Don’t let some the doubters put you down or talk about you behind your back, they’re behind you for a reason.
So after all this, I guess what I’m trying to say is: This is my healing method, this is my journey, this my life, this is my dream and this… is… me. Sometimes, we’re tested. Not to show our weaknesses but to discover our strengths, I know I have been. For a while, it brought me down, but then I became connected with the children of Nakuru and I knew I had found my light in the dark. So stop worrying about what could go wrong and start getting excited about what could go right, because what you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create, you make your world, remember that.
‘Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving’ ~ Albert Einstein