- A young man shared a powerful account of the challenges he faced to achieve his dreams
- At the age of 15, he made some poor choices and dropped out of school
- Through hard work and determination, he's on the path to success, having matriculated more than a decade later
Chad Davids bravely took to social media to open up on his turbulent youth and some of the poor choices he made.
Davids revealed that he often felt like an outsider while at school and chose to drop out at the age of 15.
The decision sent him on a downward spiral thereafter, as he fell victim to various addictions.
Davids revealed how he succumbed to a "party phase" but he eventually made a conscious decision to turn his life around while in his early twenties.
A snippet from his post in the #ImStaying Facebook group revealed Davids' turning point:
"In my early 20s I humbled myself..nobody knew what I was going through. No one knew what i was feeling - depressed disappointed and felt like a waste of space ....and one day I sat back and thought: we all have problems, instead of focusing on the problem, why not figure out a solution, and I implemented my plan."
Davids revealed that he's been living a clean and healthy lifestyle for at least seven years and at the age of 27, achieved one of his major goals - he matriculated more than a decade after dropping out.
Briefly.co.za noted that the post went viral, as thousands of South Africans were touched by the young man's story.
Erica Nuttall said,
"Thank you for having the courage to share that! You've inspired me and brought tears to my eyes...and you're a gifted writer! Keep it up."
Mario Jardine added,
"Amazing testimony and may your story inspire those who think they don't have a chance anymore....well done Chad."
Brett Wyngaard responded,
"Well done! Wish all the youth read your story. Thank you for the inspiration."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that a grateful matric learner took to the #ImStaying Facebook group to share how two kind ladies helped him in 2020.
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