I turned my limitations to opportunities
The national lockdown really affected me. I could not go to school and be with my friends and worst of all… no rugby! Rugby is one of the many things that make me happy. I was so disappointed that I would not be able to play for at least 21 days.
The first 21 days of the lockdown were ok because everybody was adjusting. Soon the 21 days turned into months and with no training equipment, nothing to do and no rugby training session in sight, I felt despondent. But, I could not let the lockdown hold me back or dampen my spirit and so I decided to start my own training regime that will keep me mentally and physically fit. I put on my rugby togs and hit the backyard. I ran laps and added a few exercises I had learnt from our training sessions at school. Although the rugby sessions have not started at school, I feel fit and ready for the next season.
I also used this time to bond and get to know my family better. Tannie Amanda (housemother) and I spent time in the kitchen preparing and cooking for the family. I really enjoyed learning how to cook and now do it often. I appreciate and truly enjoyed the time I spent with oom Dennis (housefather). We built the shade area in front of our house – a great learning experience for me.
I never thought I would say this but, I also enjoyed the time I spent with my ‘brothers…’ they’re actually fun to hang out with.
This time was really precious to me. I took the limitations as opportunities. I learned new things and got better at what I already knew.
– Don 18, Beneficiary at House Mouton
“As the eldest son in the house, Don is our pride as houseparents. He’s helpful and a joy to be around. His ‘brothers’ look up to him and he’s inspired them to also want to be fit – they’ve joined his training sessions”, says housemother Amanda.