One of my fears is that my son never becomes independent.
I was born at the end of Apartheid in South Africa. I grew up with the dream of a Rainbow Nation and felt like everyone had the freedom to succeed at life. The future looked brighter. It was a time full of hope and unity.
But, after living in Germany for 4 years and then coming back, I noticed things had changed. The dream of a Rainbow Nation was dead. Corruption had killed it. Poverty is still everywhere, in fact it seems to have gotten worse. The majority of people live with less than $13 a day. The cost of living keeps rising and support is non-existent.
That’s why I want independence for my son. As a mom, I want him to feel supported but never dependent. I want him to be financially free, and to have opportunities to be who he wants to be. Being a developer has given me that independence and I hope my son will find it too.