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Overcoming my first hurdle of 2013

Shayal Devi
Sunday, February 17, 2013

The 1994 movie Forrest Gump had a memorable quote that sums up my life pretty much.

The lead character by the same name famously said, "My momma always said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

Recently, I was faced with such a predicament. After a month working out my prize as best writer for last year's Kaila! Design your own Newspaper competition, I secured a Multi-Ethnic scholarship to study Degree One science at the University of the South Pacific.

Then out of the blue, I was offered a job as a writer with The Fiji Times.

Weighing down on me was my parents' wish that I be shipped off to university, the attainment of a degree a priority in their future plans for me. Their desire, though, clashed with that long time inner longing to become a writer.

It was an emotionally charged experience as my father struggled to come to terms with what I really wanted in life.

After much discussion and tears, seeking the help of my high school English teacher, Mrs Mauzreen Buksh, was the best decision we made as a family. She really got my parents to understand the magnitude of my dreams.

As young people, we need to know that there will be instances when life will throw an unexpected punch.

The challenge is to know how to deal with it.

This is why it is important to always talk to our parents. We should also seek out the help of individuals with influence and experience for advice.

As I write I am thankful my parents decided to support my dream. I am also grateful that I can now do what I love most. There is one important lesson I have learnt from this personal experience, the importance of communication. It builds mutual respect for parent and child relationships.