Listen to Teenagers Talking
By Sibongile Chiume
I enjoy writing stories and love acting and music. I am just a simple girl with ambition and goals to achieve.
I am proud of myself because I know that I have to work hard if I want to succeed in life. When I am done with high school, I would like to study Dramatic Arts because I love acting and I would like to become an actress one day. This passion grew in me from the time I had participated in the Inner City Drama Festival where I had to perform at the Hillbrow Theatre. From that time I just knew that all I wanted to do was to act.
However, there are things that are holding me back from achieving my dreams - more like challenges. Growing up a black child your parents expect you to want to become a doctor, nurse, engineer, lawyer or an accountant. So for me to just come out of the blue and tell my parents that I want to become an actress is going to be challenging. I also have to work hard on my studies because I know that my mother won’t be able to afford my tuition fees for university, so I am starving for a bursary. Another thing is, I don’t really have someone to look up to in order to get help with achieving my dreams, so it’s really hard to look to something when you know that there is no one to help you or support you as a child.
I know that the first thing I have to do is to try and convince my mother about my career choice and what I want to do. That way I know that it will be easier for me to focus on my dreams and studies. The minute my mother supports me and helps me to find a mentor, things will turn out okay because it hurts to have a dream and knowing that there is nothing much to do about it and then it just remains as a dream. I am ready to make mine a reality.
The good thing about being a teenager living in South Africa is that you can raise your voice and be heard. Unlike other countries where children are being ignored and the adults get to say things on their behalf. South Africa lets its children have a say and that’s why I love being a teenager growing up in South Africa. You are taught to face your fears and reach out for your dreams.
* This article was first published in the City Press on November 5, 2016.