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To my Generation

March 5, 2016


What makes you think it will be easy?

When I study lives of great men and women who have done significant things with their lives and have impacted the next generation, I always find that the common thread in their stories is suffering. Yes, suffering. This a word we don’t know much about in our generation, in fact, this is a word that we are extremely uncomfortable with. We don’t know much about suffering for what we want but if we stand a chance of leaving a lasting mark in the world, we need to come to terms with the fact that we will suffer. See, suffering is a down-payment for success. As long as we think that everything must come easy, we won’t make much progress. In fact, we will be bitterly disappointed if we expect everything to fall into place without much effort from our part. As long as we expect our success to come at no cost to us, we will remain mediocre and we will die having accomplished nothing. As long as we run away from the furnace of suffering for what we believe in, we can never be the champions, the entrepreneurs, or the world changers we have potential of becoming.
Just look back at our history, look at the suffering many people were willing to take and endure in order for us to be free! Look at the beatings so many leaders were willing to take, so that there could be a better future for us. Look at the courage they had, they threw themselves at the face of danger, in the hands of cruel men, just so we can (one day) have a voice. They knew that their conviction came at a price called suffering but that didn’t move them. Why should suffering move you?
Every dream we have for ourselves, or for our nation or for our generation is going to cost us dearly but the rewards far outweigh anything we suffer. We need to get up while we still have time and be the world changers we were called to be. This generation has been complaining for far too long, we need to get to a point where we are part of the solution. We can no longer vandalize school property to make our voice heard. We can no longer steal or kill to make our voice heard. We can no longer hate each other and expect change. See, we cannot build with our hands what our mouths keep tearing apart! We need to stop relying on the government to do for us what we must do for ourselves. We need to stop expecting handouts and realize that what we really need is for our minds to be like the minds of our forefathers~ free! They were in chains, they were beaten and called names but their minds were free. We are free but our minds are in bondage!
It is time for us to rise up and quit making excuses. We need to move away from the notion that everything should be easy and realize that great dreams are born in adversity. We need to stop obsessing over Instagram, and get back to running our race so we can leave this world better than we found it. We need to stop dreaming selfish dreams that revolve around having nice things while we watch our brothers and sisters die in poverty. What happened to us? Did we forget that we got this far by being united? Did we get so bitter that we prioritize money over people? We need to get uncomfortable with having so much while others die with nothing. We need to stop humiliating others for having less and get the revelation that we have been entrusted with more because we are supposed to give, share and empower. We must do away with thinking we were born to be celebrities, and realize that this world is in dire need of leaders, visionaries and dreamers~ and we can be all those things.

Oh wake up, child of the soil, this world is waiting for you. Africa is ready for you. South Africa is calling for you. Your neighborhood is praying for you. Your calling has caught up with you. Don’t be afraid, see difficulty and opposition for what it is; fuel for your dreams!

Love and light,
Nono Cele
Tweet me: @Nono_Cele

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