Letter To My Future Self


Dear Future Dumiso,


In commemoration for the Day of the African Child and South Africa’s Youth Day Uprising, 16 June 2014, herewith find a few words to remember.

The lives of young people in Soweto were taken away by ignorance, hate and inequality on this very day.

Your life may be different, with chance and opportunity, but remember the cost of freedom. Be it unused or left to the privilege of a few.


Remember the feeling of rejection and failure, with time it might be less, but this does not mean life becomes easier.

The challenge today becomes the lesson of tomorrow;

Information is fast changing the world today. Technology is changing the experience of living.

I might not know what change brings, but I know that only learning burns the fuel for adapting to it.


I know that there is so much more of the world out there,

I know that there are many others you can help to see so.

Be it in effort or in kind, God’s plan is no different.

The Grace bestowed on me today may not reflect tomorrow,

but his mercy shall always await my call.


Out of love or passion, there is no difference,

So long as you remember the desire to bring about change.

Change to a world that denies the African child Education,

Change to a world that denies the African child Well being,

Change to a world that denies the African child Intellect.

All these are the result of poverty and as you work – future me,

Remember these words and what it means to me now.




For I know not the future, but foresee the responsibility that comes with power.

I know not the future, but foresee the discipline that comes with prosperity.

For as a virtue of being African, these are the principles that will determine success.


So look back at the journey my friend, you’ve made it that far and you should still be proud.


In service and great gratitude,


Young Dumiso

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