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The Miss SA Pageant, The Journey Of Lalela Mswane

By October 7, 2021 November 4th, 2021 No Comments

Life’s journey and dreams about futures often do not runaccording to expectations, but whether life takes you to a national stage or you are left struggling to cope, it is self-belief and self-love that can restore the balance. When this advice comes from a Top 10 finalist in the current Miss South Africa pageant, it is easy to be sceptical. However, when the finalist is Lalela Mswane, and she reveals that her journey involved being bullied and isolated during her school yearsbecause she was ‘ gangly, tall and thin,’ perceptions begin to change.

Lalela acknowledges that treatment meted out to her during her school years left their mark. It took a change of environment to the campus of the University of Pretoria, new surroundings, and new peers to change things. “I now identifystrongly with the quotation that says, ‘since the beginning of time you have had everything within you to achieve anything you want to. It was the world that convinced you that you did not.’ I wish I had heard it earlier but believe that anyone with doubts about their future and ability to cope should take it to heart. As I have found, it is what is within you that dictates your future, not the people or events around you.”

The merging of her belief in peoples’ abilities with a legal background- she already has her LLB and has articles to complete- has her convinced that people can rise above personal slumps when unemployment and other socio-economic ills strike. “Knowing your worth and knowing what you deserve in life sometimes means adapting and building something new. Being an unemployed graduate does not mean that you have to wait for an opportunity to knock. Sitting and believing that you are entitled to better because you have struggled and achieved will lead nowhere. Harnessing your talents and finding new life paths and opportunities could, however, provide a solution.”

“It is about learning to present the best version of yourself that is important when you face challenges and using your talents in other ways that are needed, ” she says. “ If there is a will,there is a way, and everything is achievable.”

“As young South Africans, we need to move away from the belief that our wishes must be instantly gratified. Instead, we should understand that anything worth having is worth fighting for,” says Lalela

Life’s journey and dreams about futures often do not runaccording to expectations, but whether life takes you to a national stage or you are left struggling to cope, it is self-belief and self-love that can restore the balance. When this advice comes from a Top 10 finalist in the current Miss South Africa pageant, it is easy to be sceptical. However, when the finalist is Lalela Mswane, and she reveals that her journey involved being bullied and isolated during her school yearsbecause she was ‘ gangly, tall and thin,’ perceptions begin to change.

Lalela acknowledges that treatment meted out to her during her school years left their mark. It took a change of environment to the campus of the University of Pretoria, new surroundings, and new peers to change things. “I now identifystrongly with the quotation that says, ‘since the beginning of time you have had everything within you to achieve anything you want to. It was the world that convinced you that you did not.’ I wish I had heard it earlier but believe that anyone with doubts about their future and ability to cope should take it to heart. As I have found, it is what is within you that dictates your future, not the people or events around you.”

The merging of her belief in peoples’ abilities with a legal background- she already has her LLB and has articles to complete- has her convinced that people can rise above personal slumps when unemployment and other socio-economic ills strike. “Knowing your worth and knowing what you deserve in life sometimes means adapting and building something new. Being an unemployed graduate does not mean that you have to wait for an opportunity to knock. Sitting and believing that you are entitled to better because you have struggled and achieved will lead nowhere. Harnessing your talents and finding new life paths and opportunities could, however, provide a solution.”

“It is about learning to present the best version of yourself that is important when you face challenges and using your talents in other ways that are needed, ” she says. “ If there is a will,there is a way, and everything is achievable.”

“As young South Africans, we need to move away from the belief that our wishes must be instantly gratified. Instead, we should understand that anything worth having is worth fighting for,” says Lalela