What You Need Is In You
What You Need is In You - Iyanla Vanzant
This weekend we celebrated one of the young ladies of the NiNa Programme, she completed and passed her exams against all odds. We took her to lunch with a friend of her choice.
Not many of the ladies at the home study traditional subjects, quite a few of them go on to do the trades on offer such as, sewing, hairdressing, geriatric nursing to name a few. They don't seem to have the mental capacity to study full time based on early assessments of them entering the home.
Someone told me maybe they neded extra lessons in order to pass their exams, I thought about it - how many of us can focus when the world around us seems to be crashing, when we feel abandoned, or stuck?
Even as an adult, when minor stuff happens in my life I get an urge to fly away, shut myself off and hibernate, to find an escape route either through food or some other mind numbing activity.Far less for a teenager who has family "on the outside" but lives in a place with over 50 other young women, what would be their escape?
We wanted to acknowlege her this weekend, to say well done to her, to recognise her mental strength in choosing to want more for herself despite what had happened to her. Sometimes it is the little things that turn into big things.
We came, we ate, we laughed, if only for one day
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