OUR Page 1 story of Jovilisi Golea's determination to have himself registered to vote at a Labasa centre is thought provoking, as much as to be admired.
It is a rare insight into the heart and soul of someone who has the will to realise his dreams, whatever the circumstances he is in.
It's not everyday that we get to see an act of determination, one of defying the odds, from someone many would deem helpless in society.
Yet, Jovilisi has proven that where there is a will, there is a way.
His only source of movement are the palms of his hands; he is not able to read and write English, let alone speak it. He speaks fluent Hindi though, and that has somewhat enabled him to communicate with those around him.
In modern society's eyes, Jovilisi may be losing out on alot - but with what little he has - he has proven that he can make a difference.
He can move, he can speak his dialect, he does understand his rights as a citizen of this nation, he has dreams and wishes for the progress of the country of his birth, and he is using those very abilities, however limited, to let his voice be heard.
He is clearly a man with a willpower too strong to allow his physical limitations to hold him back or discourage him.
Just by watching this young man's determination, we are inspired. And we also realise how much we ought to be thankful for, especially for those of us who are able-bodied and educated.
Like any other citizen, Jovilisi is merely practicing his right. He is a son of Fiji, and he has a voice. He wants to be counted too.
By his courageous act yesterday, he has proven that to have a voice, to practice one's right, is indeed for everyone who is a citizen of this country.
And he is determined not to waste that opportunity.
It is not just for the abled, the outspoken, the educated, the powerful, the elite, the rich or the influential. This right and opportunity is for everyone of this nation.
So Jovilisi is practicing his right to have his say.
We have much to learn from Jovili's determination and national pride.
Yes, he is breaking barriers.
With a joyful and willing heart, he forged on. He may not have realised it, but Jovilisi Golea has become an inspiration for many of us.