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Shining Light – Dalin Oliver!

Shining Light – Dalin Oliver!

Today, we know that the voices of the youth play a crucial role in shaping the country’s history and identity in both the past and present narratives. We need to remain open-minded to their opinions. Their struggles may be different but their courage, boldness and fearlessness is admirable.

My message of hope comes from what my career has taught me; actions speak louder than words. Don’t forget the basics like “please” and “thank you”. Treat others with the dignity and respect they deserve. Make time for your parents and remind yourself of their sacrifices that allowed you to dream big and pursue your dreams. You have no excuse to become complacent. There’s simply too much opportunity at your doorstep.

Surround yourself with like-minded people who share in your vision and look out for you. Keep on pushing and figuring out life and the way forward because you’ll reap the rewards at the right time.

Staying inspired and motivated during the pandemic has been tough. It still is. I would be lying to you if I said otherwise. I work in broadcasting but I’m a comedian at heart and love what I do. The privilege of being on stage and performing to a live audience was taken away with no warning and hit me quite hard.

So channelling good health and using my time positively has become my inspiration, whether it be acquiring new skills or taking on a new project. I can proudly say that my lazy self has now become the master of scrambled eggs. That balance of salt and pepper, on toast is what makes it a no-judgement meal.

The light in my life during the Covid-19 pandemic has been regular Whatsapp video calls with family and friend. It’s been good for the soul and made the tough ride easier. Emotions are felt for sure.

My back and pain and consistent debit orders might suggest I’m no longer considered youthful, but I know just enough lingo to hang out with the cool kids. What I can assure you is that had this pandemic happened when I was younger, I would only have been able to cope without the help of my parents who are a pillar of strength and wisdom. Shout out to Linda and Gerry Oliver.

Be lekker. Awe 🙂

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