Never let your dreams die

Robin lee Johnson, 28, from Beacon Valley on the set of 7de Laan.

Robin lee Johnson, CEO, Woman up and Man up magazine, Beacon Valley

I recently went to Johannesburg to meet with the stars of 7de Laan. I had the opportunity to speak to them about their journey while I was in Joburg and it was awesome.

It was a dream come true seeing people I grew up watching since I was 10.

The first day I went on set to meet them, I was starstruck – I literally saw them walk past me like it was a normal day knowing it’s not normal but a true blessing.

Being able to sit with actress Ingrid Paulus who plays Vanessa, was truly a moment of gratitude for me.

Coming from Mitchell’s Plain – a place filled with dreams and hope which still needs to be conquered – was crucial for me because I realised I need to represent Mitchell’s Plain by following my dreams and showing people your situation and location should never determine your destiny.

We all are who we choose to be and if you push hard enough against that poverty, generational curses, lack of finances, and do what you can with what you have even if you need to make a few sacrifices for your dreams to come true, then do it.

If you have to put yourself on a long distance bus, pack lunch for the road, take off from work to make your dreams happen, then do it because your soul is important. Going through life with unfulfilled dreams is a slow internal death and we were made to prosper and grow.

If I can do it as a simple woman from Mitchell’s Plain, so can you.

Leap – you might just fly and soar. You’ll never know if you don’t try.