Posted: December 5, 2014 in The Daily Post

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Make It Anywhere.”

If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere,” goes the famous song about New York City. Is there a place — a city, a school, a company — about which you think (or thought) the same? Tell us why, and if you ever tried to prove that claim.

Growing up in a strict environment has it’s ups and downs. It restricts you and turns you into a sort of introvert.

I never played with the people next door and I  didn’t go out a lot. I became this quiet kid whenever I was around people. There was no confidence in me whatsoever. I and my family moved around a lot, giving little or no room for stability.

When I started school, I had absolutely no idea how to relate with the other kids. What made it worse was the stares they kept giving me. I have mixed blood, so I am neither white nor black.

I was sort of an outcast. Deliberately, I decided to show that there wasn’t anything special about me  by getting low grades. I didn’t study hard enough, I made noise like the others in class, often cheated during tests and exams. But I still did not belong.

I finished my secondary school (high school) without proving to them I belonged. However, while I was waiting for my admission into the university, I had enough time to reflect.

When I got the admission, another problem occurred. Apart from my “half cast” status, I was the youngest in the university. I was looked down on and people saw me as this little kid who got lucky.

I very much believe in the statement: “it takes one second for something to completely change”, because that is how long it took for me to stand up and tell myself, enough! Why should I limit and change things about myself because of others? I don’t care what they think! It’s your life and you’re the one who will enjoy or suffer because of your decisions!

I started getting higher grades, and moved on to get a distinction along with two awards. I told myself I could survive! All of a sudden I became confident, I could socialise and lastly I AM intelligent!

It doesn’t matter what situation or circumstance we find ourselves in. All we need is a little push! And we will be able to survive anywhere!

  1. Bingo ! liked your confidence here. Yes you are 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. maisstrauss says:

    Yes I am! Thank you!😊


  3. pine333 says:

    Reblogged this on pine333 and commented:
    Be yourself, Act yourself and damn anyone that dictates to you what to do and how to act!!! After all, in the end you will stand alone in the consequences after your choice. Screw ’em all!!!


  4. ARK says:

    Guess what… Even I was also raised just like you. Lots of restrictions and boundaries and I was also getting low grades like you.

    I completely agree with your statement of “it takes one second for something to completely change”. One day when I was in my 8th grade, an incident happened and it changed my life forever. Today as my blog states I am very much passionate about my life….

    I have started loving myself more than ever. I hope you too reach heights in your life and soar high high high.

    Lots of love and hugs,


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