Growing up

Growing up

Chance to chase dreams

‘Go for what you want and never let anyone stop your dreams.’ That’s the message from two young men reflecting on life in South Africa.

The 22-year-olds talk about the opportunity to ‘chase dreams’ now that apartheid has ended. “The sky’s the limit,” says one.

They talk about being responsible; they talk about the importance of education if they’re to be successful.

Marriage ‘is a privilege’

The biggest challenge, they say, is lack of education – that leads to unemployment and young people turning to drugs and crime.

And they talk about how marriage is a privilege – it’s a privilege to have a family. One says how he would like to have children, and to care for them – unlike what his own parents did to him.

One studies marketing, the other entrepreneurship. One of them offers advice to younger children growing up in South Africa - be focused, take opportunities, be motivated and always give thanks to God.

What matters most

Girls growing up in Johannesburg

What do young women living in Johannesburg talk about? Much the same, it seems, as young women the world over.

Two girls, nearly 20, talk about their lives and what matters most to them – then show you round their home and the bedroom they share.

They touch on music, independence, right and wrong, crime, religion, politics, ambitions, marriage, food, trust and respect, independence – and American hip-hop (which, they say, is a step up from South African hip-hop).

Challenges of life

But, between the lines, you get a sense of how they’ve grown up with a deeper understanding of the issues and challenges life has thrown at them.

The poster writings they put on their bedroom walls reveal something of their inner selves:

‘Beyond ignorance there is wisdom.’

‘It’s not how many goals you reach but how many lives you touch.’

‘Be friendly, be yourself!’

‘Let us stop saying we love people. Let us really love them and show it by our actions.’