I believe I can fly

I was caught between a rock and a hard place. To remain meant accepting mediocrity and nothing would change. Is this what I really wanted out of life? Always dreaming about what could be? Surely I was destined for greater things?

Leaving my hometown behind and journeying to the big city was the most frightening thing I have ever done! It was literally a one way trip for me. I had enough money for fuel to get me there.

There was no cushy job waiting for me either, only the knowledge of a vacancy at an electronics distributor. A position for a stores picker.

A difficult decision

What where my choices anyway? Tongaat was a lovely little seaside town but it was just that. It was little! There weren’t many opportunities there in terms of building a career. I had tried.

To leave home meant leaving behind my friends and family. It meant leaving my safety net and venturing into the unknown. I had never been away home before.

I believe I can fly

My little kit bag of clothes and a Sputnik hand washing machine were safely packed into the boot of my car.

I said my goodbyes. Quick goodbyes. It was time to begin my journey and face my destiny. It was time to step up.

I felt a combination of homesickness and fear mixed with excitement as I set out into the night on the long drive to Pretoria.

I drew inspiration from R Kelly’s song – I believe I can fly, which I had on repeat for most of the trip. His words gave me encouragement for all the challenges which lay ahead.

The sun had risen by the time I had finally reached my destination heralding the start of a new day and a new beginning.




4 thoughts on “I believe I can fly”

  1. Leaving behind what you know is often a scary thing, I know, but looking back it was the best choice for me and in the end I’m really the only person to be considered when making decisions. A motto I live by: If you not happy with your current situation, MOVE, you are not a tree. This motto works for me, because when I’m not happy with something, I make sure I change it.

    1. I just love your positive attitude, Cindy.
      Yes, moving away from one’s safety net can be scary and I’m sure others have even scarier stories than mine to be told.

  2. I believe you can Fly! So get your wings and take to the skies! ✈?
    P.S I have to change my reaction ❤ to the post because I didn’t expect this heartwarming story even though I heard it before! ☺

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