Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
It’s 11: 07 PM on day 154 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, feed myself Chapati – an unleavened flatbread – for breakfast – originally my mother had put chicken in it but I remembered just in time that it was Meat-free Mondays and took the chicken out – tweet about my Clean Water For All Campaign for a few hours – no luck today 😦 – feed myself Batura – deep fried bread – for lunch, exercise for 20 minutes – I was in SO much pain the whole time I kept thinking I’m not going to complain, I’m not going to complain, I’m not going to complain – edit the questionnaire I’m going to use for my book and send it to my friend in Malaysia for her to fill out (if you have no idea what talking about refer to Day 153) – and feed myself rice and curry for dinner – my mom had put beef in there but I noticed it straight away so I was able to go two Mondays in a row without eating meat – I am SO proud of me 🙂
Today as I was making my rounds on Twitter telling people my story I met @noxhanti (Noxi) from Burnley in the UK and she told me that her mother had gone into exile with a group of people including Former President Thabo Mbeki during the apartheid era and that was when I truly understood the enormity of the sacrifices that ordinary people made to ensure that South Africa became a democratic country and I felt so guilty because I knew that I seldom thought about or appreciated those who fought for a free South Africa so to Noxi’s mom – I apologize for not knowing your name – and hundreds of others just like her I say thank you for bringing racial equality to my country. Are you the brave man or woman who’s going to bring peace to today’s society? 🙂