When I first came across the quote, “Everyday is an opportunity to start over”, I just knew it would be the one to live by. I liked it especially because a large part of my existence has been spent morphing into different shades of myself. No, not the fifty shades of grey. Nah. Maybe the many shades of happiness, darkness, fear, burn out and melancholy-even melodrama.
Hence some days I’d wake up and really wonder, “Who the heck am I?” On other days I’d just smile and think, “Damn, you’re the (wo)man!” I think though that the most important thing that the quote reminds me is that change is constant; you can either roll with the punches or stay down, there is always a choice.
So I headed to work on the first Monday of 2013, albeit feeling a bit heavy from the holidays-both mentally and physically- only to draw inspiration from an unlikely source. He drives around in a rather beat down taxi-the one I usually avoid getting into. Green- Awful colour that! On this morning he was hastily cleaning the inside of his katjeeban when I approached and asked him not to close the door so I could get in.
After exchanging pleasantries, he said something that pleasantly surprised me. He said that if he couldn’t manage the queue at the station then he would not be able to register for his course. I enquired about what he would be enrolling for: “IT”, he said: ‘Said he had saved up enough money to go to school. Grin.
Well now, do you still think all taxi drivers are empty-headed-crap spewing-arses (excuse the pun)? As for me, I was pretty impressed by this revelation. I was smiling from ear to ear as if he would ever share his cash with me one day. Though clichéd, it really dawned on me that no goal is impossible. Coincidentally, a newspaper report at the weekend revealed that most of our country’s youth would rather stay home than take up menial jobs-more so that some are even “pricing themselves out” of jobs that they are most likely to get.
But this one threw himself into a job filled with the most crippling of stereotypes in order to achieve something bigger, and for that he deserves a Bells …oops, a round of applause. Many have defeated the odds and succeeded. They remind me that there is no such thing as failure- only false starts. Besides the man who might become an IT guru one day, here are some of the people whose stories continue to inspire me. Where do you draw inspiration from?
For me, 2013 is a “GET UP AND GO” year and it’s already off to a interesting start.