by Pheziwe Mshunqwane
This year has been one of the most challenging years yet the most fulfilling year. I have laughed until my stomach hurt; I have cried until there were no tears coming out. I have also prayed like I have never prayed before.
This year has taught me two most valuable lessons that I will always carry with me and these lessons are:
(a) ‘No man is an island’
I always thought that success depends on me and I can do it all on my own, but this year has taught the power of community. I have been blessed with the most supportive bunch of people; my fellow mates, supervisors and every one in my lab. I can confidently say, without then I would have probably given up.
(b) ‘Closed mouths never get fed’
I was this year that I learned to open my mouth and say ‘I’m not okay’, ‘I need help’ and it was then that I was able to get help and find the support that I needed. This was one of the hardest things for me to do but the environment that my group created has allowed me to break out of that cocoon.
I am grateful that I got to learn these lessons this year. I will take wherever I go.
I love it. Indeed, closed mouths die. In my culture we say “mwana asingacheme anofira mumbereko, meaning a child who does not cry will die of hunger”. Quite motivating