There aren’t many events in my life which has changed me and made me who I am.
But at the back of my head somewhere in my busy memory have I managed to collect some events that possibly made me whom I am,
This is me……
I would firstly like to talk about my holiday in Australia a few years ago. I believe that this specific holiday has changed my views and opinions about all different people and the way that I deal with the South African way of doing things. In the year 1998 my parents and I went on holiday to Melbourne, Australia. That was in the months of December and January. During our holiday in Australia we did a lot of fun things and interacted with many “English” Australians and the Indigenous Australians. I learnt lots about the other people, their cultures, customs, and traditions. When I arrived back in South Africa at almost the end of January I had gained new insights and new other cultures and this changed me, because then I truly knew what being a South African really was.
Then there was my grade seven camp. Although I have an unclear recollection of the camp I still remember the important bits. One thing which I know for sure is that I never really wanted to go on the camp, the school teachers and my parents had to force me to go. Two days before the camp hesitant I decided to go. The big reason why I didn’t want to go was because I was very shy and didn’t like making friends and I thought that maybe I’ll be the only one in the group exercises. When we arrived at the camp most other pupils were very friendly and it wasn’t till long that I found out that everybody wanted to be friends with me. I was overjoyed and lead all the group activities with the other four/five members in my group.
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The grade 7 camp has changed me because I went a shy and insecure boy and when I came back I was confident and was a friends friend.
There have also been religious influences in my life, which possibly have made me a better person. I grew up in a strong Christian family and a lot of beliefs and thoughts have been instilled in me. A specific change came two years ago when I was invited by good friend of mines youth. The Friday evening when I attended wasn’t an ordinary evening, it was a youth “Special Event” and they had a whole special programme for the youth. I went to the occasion just because my friend asked me to and not because I wanted to, but I went along to show my support. I went not knowing that the outgoing friends friends life would be changed. Things at the event were said which definitely meant that I would have to change my lifestyle. And since that evening I have had the mindset to try my hardest to always do the right thing.
There was once a time in my life when I enjoyed doing extreme and life threatening things. Among these things were skateboarding, go-kart racing and rock climbing.
The one I enjoyed doing the most was go-kart racing. Every weekend a friend and I would go go-karting. We loved it, but our parents didn’t. They thought that it was too dangerous and that there was too much room for something bad to happen. My friend and I never used to listen to our parents and continued go-karting. Until one day when on the news was a story about girl who had been scalped. Despite the scalping incident we continued to carry on with our passion for karts. Then another girl got scalped, and then numerous accidents broke people’s necks, and then we got scared. We thought about all the incidents carefully and for our own safety decided not to continue go-karting. Today I am glad to be alive and what has changed which I have realized is that I will carefully choose what is too dangerous and what is not.
One of my favourite hobbies/sport was playing chess. I used to play chess in primary school and I enjoyed it. Later that year I was asked to play cricket for the school because they were in desperate need for players. The only thing which slowed down my decision to play cricket was that I couldn’t play chess and cricket because it happened on the same day. I thought about he dilemma I was in and realized that when playing chess, I was playing all for myself like I was the dictator of the white pieces. I thought about cricket and noticed that I would play in a team and not only play for myself but for the team as well. So I had to decide between “the dictatorship” or “the democratic way”. Eventually I chose that I would no longer play chess and rather play cricket. A few months later after playing a lot of cricket I learnt that I have changed, I no longer did things only for me but now I knew how to do it for the team.
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Its amazing how much things u remember about your “childhood” if you just sit down carefully think about it. The events that I’ve mentioned are probably the only ones that have made me whom I am. Who knows, if I’m 25 years old maybe there will be many more. Maybe an event or change is taking place right now and I might only realize it later on. I know that some of the events have changed me for the better and some for worse but what I do know is that it made me wiser. If you think about carefully, if I have another ten similar events like these before I’m 21, could you imagine how wise and how scrambled my memory would be?
Those were the five events which have most influenced me and made me whom I am, that was me……