“Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.” – Ray Bradbury
The above quote is very powerful and meaningful to me. It explains my life in the current situation. Growing up, I was afraid of taking risks because I thought I would fall and hit my head on the ground so hard and never get back up again. I was more concerned about what people were going to say, rather than thinking about my needs and growth. I prioritized other people’s happiness and forgot about mine. I never wanted to fail because I did not want to disappoint people that look up to me. Hence, I never took risks. I always chose the easy ways to be safe all the time.
I decided to jump off the cliff, as I am confident that on my way down I will build my wings, as God will be with me. As I jumped off, I experienced the winds and the storms that were not so comfortable. The dust that was carried by the winds interfered with my eyes but I told myself that I will never let these challenges stop me from building the wings that I desired. I never lost the focus because I was following the vision that I saw.
What am I saying? I have decided to leave my comfort zone. In 2018 I will be living in Polokwane, which is far from my life (family and friends). I decided to explore the world, try and learn the hard way, where I will be challenged because I will be independent. I will be in a foreign place where I know that I will grow personally and professionally.
The reason why I decided to take this challenge is that I want to experience a different environment. I’ve been at the LEAP Science and Maths Schools all my life, from when I was still a student then later joined the Internship Program called the ‘Future Leaders Program’. I got an opportunity to be an intern teacher at Mitchell House, where I will be teaching English and IT in the Intermediate Phase. I will be organizing Outreach Programs for adults, assist with the computer club and coach soccer.
This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I was not going to let it slip away. Who would? It is going to be a challenge, that I know, but I am ready to take up that challenge. Life is about making sacrifices and challenging yourself. That’s how one learns and grow. I want to thank God for such divine opportunities. If it wasn’t for Him, I wouldn’t be this far.
Kevin Baloyi with hands wide open, symbolizing freedom.