Experiences are a writer's biggest resource. I'm forever learning from the things I see, feel, and smell and through my interactions. I like to explore both the known and the unknown; and while I create content for illustration, you will get to know me as a person as there is usually a piece of me in my writings. I'm very versatile in my writing and I find great pleasure in all that I write. And if my writings inspire a person or two, then that's a bonus.
Saturday, 15 August 2015
Another Comprehensive Review By Eddie Hewitt
Life Steered is a wonderful but sometimes heart-rending story of Sandra, an
ambitious young woman who finds herself having to endure a series of painful
experiences and emotions, interspersed with only moments of happiness. Some of
the challenges seem unbearable, but still Sandra holds on to her dreams of a
more fulfilling life.
The story is semi-autobiographical, with the
author finding the writing process a form of therapy as well as a channel for
delivering an engaging story. Thoughtful and compelling to read, the story also
offers hope to those who may be seeking to overcome their own hardship and
sadness (i.e. most of us at some point).
Sandra, a young Zimbabwean girl, is the oldest
child in her family, headed by a father who drinks too much and frequently
changes his partner. The mother has been long gone. Sandra wishes to pursue her
education to pave the way to a better future, but circumstances conspire
against her. The will is there, but the resources are not. Unable to improve
herself in the way she hopes and expects, Sandra finds her life being steered
in a different direction.
Marriage soon follows, after a surprise and as a
moral necessity, but also out of love for a man who loves her back and supports
her. Sandra gets the chances to train as a teacher, but to get there she has to
undertake a number of unpleasant journeys on public transport, fighting
off the unbearable heat and the unwelcome attention of lecherous men, and
falling victim to a cruel confidence trickster. Moving forward is never easy.
The marriage is tragically short-lived, and Sandra has to pick up the pieces of
her life yet again. Other relationships follow, but they all appear destined to
fail, and Sandra forever seems to have only herself to rely on. Ultimately, we
leave her on the brink of a new and potentially rewarding journey that
deserves, almost demands a sequel.
There are many intriguing and interlinking
themes in the story. Becoming a woman, education, family struggles, lack of
male support, financial troubles, finding and losing love, resilience and
exceeding the expectations of others. As the story develops, the concept of a
divine will is developed.
If there is one defining message, for me, it is
the awareness that we cannot rely on earthly relationships. Other people will
invariably let us down, sometimes through no fault or will of their own. So we
have to be strong within ourselves. We have to develop the confidence and the
courage to move forward with a purpose that sometimes seems to make little
A Life Steered is not a happy story, for the
most part, but it is nevertheless inspiring. Full of warmth and commitment, it
reveals the author’s passion for sharing something of her own life in order to
help others. The message will apply to many of us, if we are prepared to look
deep and to acknowledge some key truths. Sandra is humble, but she is also a
leader and someone who has a story worth listening to. And I want to know how
the story continues…