“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” – George Herbert
It’s 1 : 00 PM on day 2706 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read John 13:34 and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – raised $7 431 only $5 069 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot (thanks so much to everyone who has helped out so far).
Today is my father’s birthday and although I know that public declarations of affections make him uncomfortable life is short and without him I literally wouldn’t be here so I’m going to make him uncomfortable just for today. Happy birthday daddy thank you for teaching me that there is magic in small acts of kindness. Your desire to empower inspires – I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you cannot turn anybody in need away I’m me because of the way you choose to live (I still remember a gardener showing up at our gate one morning and even though there was nothing for him to do you invented things for him to do just so he wouldn’t starve that day and you didn’t want to just give him the money because you wanted to give him the dignity of earning his wage [ as long as I live I will never ever forget that morning it touched my heart in such a profound way]).
“Everything that has come is for the best and everything that will come is for the best.” – Mom
It’s 1 : 16 PM on day 2697 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Isaiah 40:29 , have breakfast and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – A HUGE thanks to aunty Julia who donated $25 Anonymous who donated $250 which brings the total raised to $7 201 only $5 229 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot.
On this day many years ago my mommy was born. Happy Birthday mom thank you for giving us life and raising us to be people of character who are willing and able to contribute to the world. I think I was so determined to win at life because of you and FOR YOU (to prove to myself and the world that I was your blessing and not your curse) I hope I am enough and that I am doing enough. Every day I aim to be the living embodiment of the hope, faith and love I see inside you. Happy Birthday thanks again for everything we love you.
“For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.” – Christina Rossetti
It’s 2: 37 PM on day 2567 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast, read Habakkuk 2:3, go to church – Thanks to Reverend Howarth for allowing me to spread the word about 50 New Feet for MiracleFeet in the Vincent Methodist church – have breakfast with my family and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet -raised $3 556 only $9 844 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot (thanks to everyone who has helped out so far) .
On this day 23 years ago my mommy gave birth to my baby sister I was too young to know it but it was the best day ever my sister is the friend that everybody needs and the sister that every sister deserves brutally honest with you for your own good and always there for you (thinking about it makes me want to cry she left for med school 5 years ago but still makes every effort to make sure we know she hasn’t forgotten us she has called every day twice a day from the first day she was in university. Of all the things I am proud to be I’m proudest to be your sister you are everything this world should be I so admire your courage of conviction and like I told you most days I’m so glad you were born. Happy Birthday Neethu love you lots and lots♥
“A mentor enables a person to achieve. A hero shows what achievement looks like.” – John C. Mather
It’s 11 : 54 AM on day 2539 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Zechariah 2:11, have breakfast and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet –Lisa Dewberry donated $25 (thanks so much Lisa ) which brings the total raised to $3 230 only $9 270 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot.
Today is my Superhero Catherine Constantinides’s birthday and for her who humbly serves the world every day in every way I made a movie entitled A Superhero’s Life Through A Supersidekick’s Eyes- A Tribute to Catherine Constantinides I made the movie because I wanted to show her what she looks like through my eyes today and every day. Happy Birthday Superhero thanks for all that you are, all that you do and all that you’ve taught me but most of all thanks for always always showing up for me I still can’t believe you excused yourself from a meeting with some of the country’s most influential names to come paragliding with me I can’t tell you how much it meant to me to be chosen by you nobody ever picks me when something comes up I’m usually the first thing to be dropped but you chose me and continue to choose me every time you include me in all the moments of your life….. THANK YOU I will always love you to the moon and more than the stars.
Treasure your family– that’s my message to the world.
It’s 9 : 21 AM on day 2520 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Romans 10: 9-10, have breakfast and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – Deepuchachen and Reenachechi donated $250 (thanks so much chachen and chechi) which brings the total raised to $2 853 only $9 647 more to raise by June 17, 2018 to help 50 kids with clubfoot.
On this day 17 years go my mommy gave birth to a baby boy who we named Kevin and our lives have never been the same he’s such a joy and light in all our lives – no matter what I’m going through when he walk in the room, ruffles my hair and start irritating me (like only he can LOL) I know everything’s not so bad. Happy Birthday Kevin you are so so special to us all.
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
It’s 12 : 54 PM on day 2384 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read have breakfast, Skype with my cousin, cut my birthday cake (we’re having dinner at a restaurant with the whole extended family so we thought we should cut the cake early) and learn a new word – Vociferous (vo·cif·er·ous) adj Characterized by vehemence, clamour, or noisiness: “A vociferous crowd.”
Today being my 26th birthday I thought it appropriate to look back on the highlights of my life so far. Take a look:
Highlights of my 26 Years of Life
The day my sister was born (I don’t actually remember it because I was only three at the time but my life would have less love and light in it if I didn’t have an awesome sister)
The first time I held my brother (it was such an incredible experience I remember my sister had to help me support his head while I held him)
All the impromptu sleepovers and dance parties with the cousins
Ziplining at Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours with my dad (ziplining meant so much to me because even the people who believed in me with all their hearts were apprehensive about me doing it but I bet on myself and went through with it)
My first radio interview with Criselda Dudumashe (I was so nervous but I pushed through and spoke from the heart I spoke even when I felt like I was choking on my words (because I have Cerebral Palsy when I’m nervous my speech sounds like someone speaking through bad reception)
Meeting my first and last forever and always Superhero Catherine Constantinides (there are some people you meet who leave a heartprint on your life Catherine has taught so much about life and how to be in the world but most of all because of her I know there’s at least one person in the world who shares my vision for a better world and my values)
Skyping with Laura Schroff (imagine talking to the woman who’s words you have been reading for the past four years I got to do that and what’s more amazing was how humble and kind Laura was)
Taking to people from all over the world over the phone (every month I call at least one person that I love or who has helped me in some way to say hi or thank you it has been one of the most heartwarming experiences of my life – when you touch a heart your heart is touched)
“A sister is both your mirror – and your opposite. “ – Elizabeth Fishel
It’s 11 : 22 AM on day 2202 of my journey towards independence and I managed to have breakfast, pray, read Habakkuk 2:3, hang out with family and work on my 25 Smiles Campaign –raised $7 675 only $4 825 more to raise to reach my second goal of raising $12 500 for Smile Train before Jan 10 2017 (SO SO SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign so far ).
Today is my little sister’s 22nd birthday and this year is extra special because she’s here with us. Happy Birthday Neethu it’s been an honour and a privilege to watch you grow and to grow with you (I would cry to keep you any day).
“Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove we showed up!” – Catherine Constantinides
It’s 12 : 33 PM on day 2174 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast, read Zechariah 2:11, learn one new thing – The colour of the tongue is best described as black, blue or purple with a pink base/back. It is generally assumed that the front part of the tongue has such dark colouration to protect it during frequent sun exposure while eating and prevent the tongue from getting sunburned. – and work on my 25 Smiles Campaign – raised $7 475 only $5 025 more to raise to reach my second goal of raising $12 500 for Smile Train before Jan 10 2017 (SO SO SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign so far ) .
Today is Catherine Constantinides’s birthday and because she is my first and last forever and always superhero I wrote down 10 things that I love about her. Take a look:
10 Things I love about Catherine Constantinides
She’s the most humble person anyone will ever meet
She has more courage in her one pinky than most of us have in our whole body.
She works really, really, really hard
She does everything she does with passion and purpose.
She’s a great mom, daughter, sister and friend
She strives every day to be a better version of herself
She lives to serve the planet and its people
She’s very kind
She lifts others as she climbs
She’s always selfie-ready LOL 🙂
Happy Birthday again superhero – I’m glad every day that you were born I hope you live to be 100 at least 🙂
Everyone check out the great work that Catherine and her team do at Miss Earth South Africa www.missearthsa.co.za/
It’s 2 : 23 PM on day 2155 of my journey towards independence and I managed to have breakfast, go to the doctor and and work on my 25 Smiles Campaign – Paul and Juliet Merrell ofBig Planet Radio donated $50 (thanks SO MUCH Paul and Juliet) which brings the total raised to $7 175 only $5 325 more to raise to reach my second goal of raising $12 500 for Smile Train before Jan 10 2017 (SO SO SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign so far 🙂 ) .
Today is my brother’s 16th birthday and in honour of that I wrote down sixteen life lessons for him and everybody else (not that I know much about life). Take a look:
16 Life Lessons
1. Be kind
2. Be Honest
3. Be Yourself
4. Hold on to your character
6. Dream HUGE
7. NEVER GIVE UP
8. Love with all your heart
9. Make a difference wherever you can in every way that you can
10. Stay loyal
11. Be courageous
12. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
13. Listen more than you speak
14. When you make a mistake admit it, correct it and move on
15. RESPECT yourself and everyone else
16. Try new things and always look to learn
Happy 16th birthday to the best baby brother in the whole wide world – every day I strive to make the world better for you.
The smallest acts of kindness take up the most space in your heart – that’s what I keep realizing.
It’s 12 : 07 PM on day 2020 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read 1 John 5, have breakfast, learn one new thing – In captivity, both crows and ravens have been known to live for about thirty years – tops. In the wild, the average life span of a crow is 7-8 years. – have breakfast and work on my 25 Smiles Campaign – yesterday Samuel Kochukanayathil donated $50, a person who i think would prefer to remain anonymous donated $25, Ellyn Harris donated $25 and Jim Mahar donated $25 (thanks so much everyone 🙂 ) which brings the total raised to raised $3 757 only $2 493 more to raise by 10 Jan 2017 (SO SO SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign so far ).
Yesterday people from all over the world called and sent messages wishing me a happy birthday I was (and am still) so touched by the love people have for me. Thank you so much to everyone for all the birthday love yesterday I love you guys too.