Don’t tell me not to be emotional
When I decide to speak about issues that concern my well being.
You see “me, myself and I”
Comprise of the following : spirit, flesh, mind and emotion.
At any time where I have to forget one part of me.
Then I would be incomplete.
That will mean I am not completely thinking for myself.
It will mean I am neglecting an integral part of me.
Part of me that might need attention immediately after making a decision
Or later when the need arises.
I am a unit
No one part of me goes on leave while the rest works.
Not one part of me goes jollying while the rest sleeps.
Not one part of me is on the other side of town while the rest is here with you.
So, next time you think of telling me not to be emotional
Please make sure to engage the mental you and see if that makes sense.
Ooh! In no way is this an emotional note but a thoughtful note.
As South Africans, we have come a long away. We have become a bunch of lawless citizens. We are always in a hurry to no where. we are highly disobedient to laws/rules of the road. Watch us when approaching a traffic light as in turns umber. it is like the wind is blowing our cars/taxis from the back. I realise bus drivers have joined the bad behaviour. Umber means accelerate. Gone are those days when it meant coution.
Driving on the Rand Show Rd (M79) daily, I have come to notice that no other person is aware of the “Stop Sign” on corner Rand Show and Nasrec Road. Other drivers just drive past as if there is no road sign enforcing an action. Either we all went to the driving school and testing grounds just to acquire a drivers licence and did not realy understand the rules of the road.
Hazard lights have come to mean that I am about to stop irrespective if it is safe or not. Driving on the shoulder lane has become acceptable in the morning and when you get in front, you are guaranteed someone will let you back in the correct lane.
The main interesting thing is traffic officers over ride this rules when not on duty.
Check this, today is the first day of school.
Not that you don’t know because you have been posting pictures of your little one going to school
and possibly commenting on friends posts since yesterday.
You see this day means a lot,
it means more than just the pictures on Facebook, Instagram and the trends on Twitter.
This is the beginning of responsibility, this means the end of late nights at
the bar between Monday to Thursday night.
This means throw back is no longer just about pictures.
From today, throw back means you remembering all that you were taught at primary school.
You see from today, your child will want you at home.
this means your child will test your knowledge,
This means it is time for you to go back to basics.
It is your time to relearn everything thought you knew.
It is time for you to erase the short message language
and learn how to write proper and things which are grammatically correct.
You have to be able to explain why “one plus one is equal to two”.
I do not mean to scare you,
just saying that the responsibility does not end as soon as you drop your child at school
or only month end when you pay the school fees.
You are expected to play an active role in your child’s schooling life unconditionally.
I trust you will enjoy this just as much as your offspring will,
because this is the bases on which they will always refer to when they think about learning.
Europeans support each other, Africans do it on condition. If you are an active African citizen, stop complaining about Nigerian vs France news coverage and do something.
There is a lot of people suffering within the neighbouring province to the one that you live in. Have you ever travelled there to land a hand and contribute your time to better a life? Maybe we should wait for European media to report about it then UN will send aid and in that way it will show that they care enough about us and we are no longer just numbers in a poverty stricken continent.
It is time we stop the “wait for bread crumbs under the masters table” mentality. It is time we learn to lean on each others shoulders. It is time we are strong for fellow African citizens. It is time we travelled our continent, not only as tourists looking for the best pic to post on instagram. It is time we travel Africa with the aim to improve conditions, to fight against terrorism, to speak against inequality and to expose/report the good and bad that is happening in our beloved continent.
It is not always about physical appearance,
How good you look when you are wrapped in designer clothes
Or which latest piece of garment
And how expensive it was.
It is always about your state of mind,
How easy you adopt to change and new situation.
It is about how open are you to foreign ideas
Do you remain calm in foreign surroundings
It is always about the healthiness of your internal organs.
Your willingness to try things meant to improve your life
Always about the ability to remain discipline
And Keep in mind everything should be done in moderation.
It is always about emotional intelligence,
the ability to start and keep healthy relationships in your life
The ability to be confident and not be ignorant
Understanding that we are all spirits
And that you need spiritual happiness
It is always about your happiness
After we are all gone
And you are by yourself
With the eye of the mind I take you back to those times that compare well with the current. There are questions and everyone claims to have the correct answers. We were always told that the past is a very good reference and should always be used as guidance whenever we are uncertain of our next action. I agree, times have changed but the past has always set precedence for the future. It is the best teacher.
Josia Tshangana Gumede was ousted as president after serving three years due to differences he had with other leaders and a new leader was elected to the helm. This man might have been the people’s choice and at some point had relevance but while in power brought confusion or misled the ANC. Maybe everyone agreed or some of the organisations members were in agreement but it appears those who had influence agreed that the solution was to put the organisation first and individuals who seemed to destabilise the existence of the organisation were stripped of their powers and redeployed to other spheres of the organisation.
So I ask myself what it is that makes president Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma different and above the organisation’s existence. Overlooking the country’s interest and rule of law. I believe in any organisation there are expectations and rules that any person elected as a member should adhere to. If individuals undermine and bring about division within an organisation they should be disciplined as per the organisation’s code of conduct. Upholding these rules sets an example to all members and emphasises that no one is above the organisation and that the rules apply to all members equally.
The current African National Congress has proved that certain individuals are more equal than others. There are individuals within the organisation that enjoy benefits that not even the actual organisation would have. There is a lot of cover up and protection that the current leadership and members are giving an individual. In no way does this affect the existence of the organisation but it sure does affect people’s confidence in the organisation. This also dampens people’s aspiration and goals, people who still fight for their beloved country on a daily basis.
I hope the words “the people shall govern” will one day carry weight. I trust our legacy as a collective will be more important than individuals or a collective few.
16 June 2014, I see you in school uniform, Is this all with good intentions Or are you just caught up and trying to fit in. Trying not to be seen as a misfit A chance to flaunt which model-C school you went to. Most of all are you doing it to honor some of the fallen heroes Those who fought against apartheid domination through education.
Today we proudly wear school uniform, Proudly carry cooler-boxes filled to the brim. Holding expensive imported spirit drinks. Come tomorrow, all of this will be forgotten. A splitting headache will cut my sleep short.
No one can enforce or dictate how we should celebrate the past and its achievements. But in honor of those we mention in this celebration. And most whose names we have come to forget The countless activists whose names are never mentioned. I hope we could actively take the fight forward Unlike use this day as another excuse for social meetings. Just another holiday in a year, Just another opportunity to indulge in alcohol until the early hours.
June 16, Next time I see you in school uniform We will proudly celebrate the stolen lives Some of us will have completed our matric Having completed a couple of short courses Most will be graduates from universities all around the world This would prove the uprising was not in vain. But that the youth of 1976 fought for better education Fought for us to attend any school Fought for us to be taught in any language Fought for us to be progressive
June 16, Next time I see you in school uniform Let it be remembered that it was all for the right to be educated The right to be taught with pride The right to free and competitive education