Let your light shine without fear
Encourage one another, reveal things, expose truths, be a bright spark. Fearlessly, unrelentingly.
Originally posted on Thought Catalog:
1. The one who always pushes you to do more.
This girl is the equivalent of a shot of espresso in the morning, or seeing someone go 30 percent harder than you on the elliptical next to you. She is always pushing you to do more with yourself because she won’t settle for less, and knows that you shouldn’t, either. When she posts some Facebook status about landing her dream job, or shows up to brunch looking stylish and happy, not even a little bit of you thinks, “This bitch. Come on.” She makes you want to have it for yourself, and embodies the idea of surrounding yourself with the kind of people you want to be.
2. The one who is okay with just hanging out and talking.
When the two of you hang out, it’s like putting on a Snuggie and curling up in a giant armchair with…
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I love uncovering covers. I love the Halle’s indie tone and Chloe’s soul. These two sisters are gifted in interpreting others’ pop hits and singles. John Legend does a splendid job in this song and even he would be happy with this cover. This dedication is for you to pass on to your significant other/lover.
Many might know this dynamic young lady from the SABC 1 series, One Day Leader, a Wits Golden Key Society committee member and recently successful candidate for Wits LSC Elections. Her ambition, prowess and finesse grades her as one of God’s chosen people who lead a purpose driven life. She definitely is a force to be reckoned with and is far more phenomenal than her 20-year young life suggests.
She is studying her third year in Law at Wits and is the first contributor to Sorority Sayings.
I asked her a few questions about her achievements, aspirations and women in general.
SS: Q. If you could create a job position for yourself, what would it entail?
AN: A. Fortunately for me, they already exist. My heart is set on philanthropy and journalism. I want to mesh up the two, and tell the world inspiring stories through the eyes of a 20 year old. I’m also a lover of law. I love how laws are constantly evolving; and that there are two sides to every tale and each is weighed up on a balance of probabilities and where necessary, factual evidence. It [the job] would entail lots of listening, feeling, writing and then sharing with others.
SS: Q. What is your greatest achievement to date?
AN: A. In 2011, I went to New York as part of the delegation for Model UN. That was a personal victory for me, to have been selected out of a many brilliant and capable candidates. Traveling to NYC stirred something in me. It lifted a veil from my eyes and made me realize how much life was going on outside of town. There are people in a different timezone and hemisphere who believe in the same things I do and are affected by the same things I am. It’s very different hearing about it, seeing it with your own eyes changes you.
SS: Q. From a bird’s eye view, what would you say the state of the nation is?
AN: A. There is so much change going on in this country that I’m afraid to answer this (in case my opinion changes). So anything I say here, should be taken with a pinch of salt. [ LOL at the disclaimer] South Africa is in a very critical time in democracy, a transformative period where we can start to ask the hard questions [that] we’ve been avoiding this whole time. We are 20 years old, and like the typical 20-year old, we are evolving, sometimes a little unsure of ourselves and being tugged in too many directions.
SS: Q. What role do or should women play in this?
AN: A. Women need to take an active role in shaping the political landscape of the country. We shouldn’t be afraid to challenge and disagree. Most importantly, we need to steer away from ‘ad hominem’ politics. When we call Drs. Lindiwe Sisulu or Mamphela Ramphele ‘an old gogo’, this is not in the spirit of fair politics or feminisim. We all need to stop this type of bullying and have no tolerance for those who instigate it, because it just isn’t nice.
AN: A. YES! “Anele, why do you call yourself Time Traveller?” My answer would be, “Because my body is a time machine.”
And that’s a a tasty, scrumptious, enlightening, filling wrap! Thank you world changer and history maker!
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So often on Twitter and other social media platforms, men have some sort of entitlement enforcements, ideologies and ludicrous standards of what “a real woman is.” Little do some women know that their identities are locked up in their personal pursuits, purposes in life, and people and opportunities that come their way. What we as women do with these, define who we are. So it’s not how well you cook, or how many children you can have or how competently you measure up to a man’s mother, but rather the light that is in your eyes and wisdom in your mind.
We are all different and that is what makes us the same. We are all real women.
“Girls are taught a lot of things growing up;
If a guy punches you he likes you
Never trim your own bangs,
Some day you will meet a wonderful guy and get your own happy ending.
blah blah blah
Every movie we see, every story we’re told, implores us to wait for it;
this third act twist, the unexpected declaration of love, the expectation rule etc.
But sometimes we’re so focused on finding our happy ending, we don’t learn how to read signs.
How to tell (the difference) the ones who want us from the ones who don’t, the ones who will stay and the ones who won’t.
And maybe this happy ending doesn’t include a wonderful guy.
Maybe it’s you on your own, picking up the pieces and starting over, freeing yourself up for the future.
Maybe the happy ending is this:
-Knowing that all the unreturned phone calls and broken hearts, through the blunders and misread signals, through all the pain and the embarrassment..
YOU NEVER… EVER…ever gave up HOPE.”