Are you naked?

Most of us hate the thought of being naked.

Naked usually means to be without clothes.

Are you naked?

 

But naked can refer to being truly ‘you’ – the ‘you’ that is more real than fake happy Facebook status updates.

Do you know what you look like naked?

 

Who are you really?

 

It is not easy to find out who we really are. Most of us never truly figure that out. 

Hopefully, while we are figuring out who we are, we get to some level of self-acceptance. Part of that self-acceptance means accepting that not everybody is going to love us or accept us.

And that is okay too.

What I have learned

Many years ago I came across a truly amazing piece of writing that has really stuck in my head. It speaks about emotional nakedness.

I would like to end today’s chat with these words. It’s quite long – so I apologise for this. But, I think that these words are really, really powerful.

The author is Oriah Mountain Dreamer, and the extract comes from her novel, The Invitation. I hope that you will find something in these words that speaks to you:

 

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.

I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.

I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love,for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.

I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain!

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.

I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here.

I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.

I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

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Matric Results are in …

I want us to think about how it makes a person feel when they find out that they have failed Matric.

 

Finding out that you have failed Matric must be one of the worst kinds of bad news to get.

Failing matric

It is incredibly tragic that some kids even resort to committing suicide when they find out that they have failed Matric.

 

I am not going to deny that getting a Matric is important. However, we need to be real about the fact that most people in this country do NOT have a Matric. And, there are still options available for people who failed Matric, or who never got a Matric.

 

I want to say that again – there ARE options for people who do not have a Matric.

If you did not get a Matric, please do not feel that your life is over. That is not true.

If you, or somebody you know somebody failed their Matric / didn’t get a Matric, please read and share the information on these College SA web pages with them:

 

  • For people who are older than 23, and who never completed Matric, CLICK HERE

 

  • For people who were in Matric in the last 2 years, but did not complete Matric, CLICK HERE

 

  • For people who did pass Matric, but they would like better marks, CLICK HERE

 

  • For people who recently left school and did not complete Matric, CLICK HERE

 

  • For people who left school a long time ago and who never completed Matric, CLICK HERE

 

No matter what your Matric results are like, please don’t feel shy to chat to us about what you would like to study. At College SA, we want everybody to be able to improve their lives. If you would like more information about what your study options are [even if you don’t have a Matric], then please contact our Student Registration Department. Our kind and caring Student Registrars will be able to answer all of your questions.

 

 

Take care of yourselves.