I’m a conqueror

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MOT South Africa’s YOUTH BLOGGERS FOR THE MONTH: NAWAAL ISAACS AND LAEEQAH CHARLES

Nawaal Isaacs:

Living from the streets to the seats at college.

My
name is Nawaal Isaacs and I am a recovering addict.

My
mother was a single parent as my parents got separated due to their unstable
relationship. My mom and I had a very close relationship and we relied on each
other for emotional support. I was always in a warm and safe environment at
home with her.

In
1990, my mom was diagnosed with angina heart and could no longer work. My life
changed when my mom passed away in my arms three days before my birthday.

My
mother had left everything to me, and I was only 12 years old and not old
enough to look after myself. My sister and her husband took me in. Soon after I
had moved in with my sister’s family things changed. I lost that feeling of
warmth and security at home. I was sexually abused.

I
continued with my schooling despite the challenges. This is where I got drawn
to friends and circles that introduced me to drugs. It escalated to me selling
drugs and living with a drug dealer. As a result, I ended up in jail. I served
three years in prison. I was then released a month earlier for good behaviour.
This is the price I paid for channelling my pain in an unhealthy way and for
hanging out with the wrong crowd.

I
was out of prison but started living on the streets with no friends or family
to support me. I went back to live with the drug dealer, but things continued
to become worse for me as I was back to my old ways.

One
night a friend of mine introduced me to this fellowship for recovering addicts.
They welcomed me with open arms and helped me feel a part of them. I then
joined the programme. I drew and restored my hope by listening to other
addicts’ stories. I decided to stop hanging out with my bad friends and made
new ones who were also in recovery and who could relate to what I was
struggling with. I created my own warm and safe space where I could grow and
become a better person.

I’m
currently in my second year of Office Administration studies and trying my best
to practice the principles I’ve learned from the fellowship daily. I have
become more honest and open-minded and willing to take help from people who
want to see me prosper in life. I can move forward in life not idling anymore
and am content in life.

I got exposed to MOT and was later granted the opportunity to attend the Young MOTivators’ Education to become a leader. I had always felt uncomfortable being assertive when saying no, but the more I did it, the easier it became. MOT taught me self-love and respect and today I can proudly say that I’m a conqueror through being part of MOT as they helped me breakdown all the walls I had built up in the past. It made me realise that leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and setting an example for others and that’s what I’m going to apply daily. Through MOT I feel free and in charge of my future!

Laeeqah Charles:

My name is Laeeqah Charles and I am a Young MOTivator from the College of Cape Town, Crawford Campus.

During
my primary school years, I was constantly the one being picked on and bullied.
It all started when I was in Grade 1. My mother used to sell things at school.
A classmate threatened to take my crayons and if I didn’t give them to her, she
would tell her mom not to pay for the things they ordered from my mother. As
the year went on the children started cutting my hair, would break my things
and would take my money from me. In grade 7, I was smacked by a girl because I
had no money to give her.

I
never had a great high school experience. I always thought that I won’t fit in.
I never saw myself as important and had a very low self-esteem with no
self-confidence. This all led to the point of me taking drugs and dropping out
of school in 2015 while I was in Grade 10.

I
refused to go to school after that even with my family motivating me to do so.
In 2017, I decided to study at the College of Cape Town, Crawford Campus and
this was the best decision ever since it allowed me to participate in the MOT
Programmes. It made me believe in myself and made me realise that I have a
purpose in life!

In
2018, I was selected to attend the 3-day Young MOTivators’ Education with 12
others from my college. I learned and experienced so much at the camp and just
the fact that I was chosen to be a leader out of all the others meant a lot to
me!

My
advice to those who have been or are still victim to bullying is to please
speak to someone you can trust no matter how hard the situation is. There is
always a way out.

I
would also like to motivate all of you reading this to not give up on yourself
no matter what! Even if you fall, it is never too late to get up! Always focus
on your goals and dreams and cut out the negativity.

Lastly,
I would like to thank MOT for giving me the opportunity to find the courage to
believe in myself and to find myself again. Thank you for giving me the
platform to share my story. Today I can proudly say I am grateful for that I
have got the chance to be a part of MOT.

#Courage2bReal