Growing up I struggled to grasp the concepts of reading and writing. In part this was due to me wanting to spend every hour of daily light outdoors – playing in the garden, building tree houses, practicing cricket, and riding my bicycle. You get the picture, I didn’t like sitting still. I went to numerous specialists and had to spend hours practicing phonetic spelling and the pronunciation of words. When I was 8 years old, I thought I had nailed my prepared reading test… only for the teacher to figure out that I had memorised the entire book.

Little did I know that many years later in life journey, reading and writing would form a valuable part of my daily habits. Both of these skills, that I tried to avoid at a young age have actually became something that I now thoroughly enjoy. Writing allows me to contextualise and frame my thoughts, while reading gives me the ability to learn from others

It’s fascinating how things shift and skills that we learn can lay the foundation for us to build on in the future. This blog is short and sweet – the goal was to place emphasis on the importance of laying the foundation to build off. Without a foundation, building things is incredibly difficult and while not impossible it adds a layer of complexity that could have been avoided.

You can read some of blogs that I have written on the CN&CO blog here. The topics and style range, from pieces where I have written with a specific agenda to pieces where I have written in the third person. The CN&CO blog is a diverse collection of authors, blogs, views, and stories. This piece forms part of the “I wish someone had told me” weekly collection.

It is a series of posts that feed into our inquisitive nature at CN&CO. Each week we hear from someone in our network about something interesting or surprising that’s recently happened or occurred to them – or lessons they learnt. These blogs are a way to pay it forward and form part of CN&CO’s belief that the world can be a better place – and we all have a responsibility to make it so.

Reading and writing, as I have mentioned, are a vital part of my life. The lessons that I learnt at a young age from having to work hard at correcting my mistakes taught me about perseverance and staying power.

Speaking of perseverance, the choristers/singers from the Ndlovu Youth Choir have been phenomenal. Juggling America’s Got Talent performances and rehearsals, while staying up to date with their school work. They are performing in the semi-finals on the 3rd of September, full details here.

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