I’m a young mother to a beautiful little boy of nearly 6 years old. I fell pregnant at 15 and had him when I was 16. After that I took the rest of the year off school and went back to grade 11 the following year.
It was challenging and tiring and at times very stressful, but knowing you have that little person depending on you makes its that much more easier and so much more worth it. I finished matric, got my bachelor’s pass and got accepted into the University of Cape Town where I would start studying towards my law degree.
Six years after the fact, I am now in my second last year of law school with dreams bigger than ever. Not despite having a child so young but BECAUSE of having a child so young.
Teen moms, this is not the end of the road, it’s not the end of the world. In fact, it’s only the beginning, the beginning of a whole new life, a whole new chapter. And only you can decide what you want to do with your life. I wanted to be someone who my son can look up to, I want him to know that no matter what happens, no matter your circumstance or your set backs, only you can decide what your future holds.
It’s possible. I am the living testimony of it . I am not saying it’s easy. It’s not. Being a parent is the most difficult job you will ever have. Having to put someone and their needs first before yours, all the time. Having to factor them into every decision you make. Being a parent is difficult, it’s a full time job and it comes with blood, sweat, tears and dirty nappies. But the rewards that come with being a parent are so much greater.
You can be all you’ve ever wanted to be. And you can do it as a parent, with a smiling face looking up to you. Everything happens for a reason. Let your child be your reason.
It’s possible. The choice is yours.