Life can be a very funny journey. It’s funny how the little things you do every day can turn out to be the pillars of your whole life. That’s my first thought as I’m trying to think back on why I chose to study journalism. A simple answer to the question is that it’s my love for sports and reading that’s led me here.
The truth, however, is that answering that question is like trying to connect the dots of my life from my childhood. It’s a journey. Though I didn’t know it then, but my love for journalism started in my Junior Primary school days.
Sports, football, in particular, is all that I’ve known in life. One of my earliest childhood memories is when I had to buy the Soccer Laduma newspaper for my grandfather every Wednesday afternoon and I’d have to read him all the stories for the remainder of the week. Although I didn’t see it then but those days have turned out to be the foundation of my life.
I went from reading about the game to actually putting the boots on, but I never stopped following it the media. That, too, proved another step in my journey because, as it turned out, my love for the game far outweighed my talents on the field. My love for the game, however, knew no boundaries. I wanted to take part in sports for the rest of my life: since I could not do it directly by being a sportsman, I had to find another way.
My love for sports and reading, the seeds that were planted on me by my grandfather all those years back, turned out to be invaluable for the 19-year-old me when I had finished grade 12 but had no plan of my own. Everyone had a suggestion on which path I should take, but, all though it all came from a place of love, none of it really appealed to me.
That was when I remembered that actually there is another way to take part in sports besides being on the field. Robert Marawa was doing it, as were Thomas Mlambo and Melissa Reddy to mention but a few. That’s when and how I decided to choose journalism.
I have since learned and embraced other aspects of the industry but sports remains my first love.