Talking about the importance of knowing yourself and who you are, we have Dipuo Smith (Siri Ajeet), an enthusiastic 11th grade student, and this is what she had to say:
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.” Ladies and gentlemen, I greet you all. Today I want to speak about “me” that is “you”. Ask yourself – Who am I? When I ask myself, this gives me the opportunity to differentiate and express who I am and what I can be.
I am a tiny seed, wonderfully and beautifully created. I know this sounds stupid. Sometimes I laugh at myself. Do you know “the real humor is when you laugh at your own expense,” and then when people laugh behind my back it does not affect me as much. I judge myself but do not feel ashamed of anything as “nobody can make you inferior without your consent.” I am confident and I have high self esteem. I do not claim that I am better than anyone. I believe that everyone has the right to be what they want to be. But sometimes I see that not everyone around has high confidence, not all of us here feel like we count. Allow me to remind you that you are important, unique and special. Be proud of who you are, be proud of what you have.
My grandmother always said “Be yourself.” It made no sense then, but it does now. I was trying to play my grandmother, believe it or not. I would sing like her, dance like her and even speak formally and wisely in my mother tongue like she did. But then a year came, I had to be away. Almost everything was different. The language, the music, even the dance. I had to be myself. I was in a place where I could play granny no more. I awkwardly became myself. But, thankfully I did. And I have learned one thing from it, that I am better when I am me. Then I am natural, spontaneous and graceful. And in my head I wonder if you are really yourself. Are you yourself?
Discovering me in me was almost as hard as raising a lion. Growing up in a rough and tough environment made me stand on my feet and speak for myself. I might seem very aggressive like a lioness. It is because I was raised by one to be one. I don’t easily get poked. More like a wild stallion, I can’t be tamed. I do not let people play over my head and I do not settle for less.
Dear friends, I also know who you are. You are simply not me, and that is what makes you important, unique and special. I said I know who you are! You are the valuable toy inside the kinder surprise. You cannot be used. You must be found. All of you are valuable just like kinder eggs. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. But wait, Who I am I to tell you who you are? If you haven’t yet started your journey, do it now. Discover yourself. Esteem yourself. Treasure yourself.
Now that I have said all about myself, what about yourself? Can you describe, differentiate, find and identify yourself? You need to know who you are and what you stand for. I challenge you to let the world know who you are. You are your creator’s surprise creation for the world to be amazed at, to be appreciated.
Remember you may not be as tall and great as few others, but you are not shorter or lesser either. Discover yourself and live a meaningful life.