Day 160

You should fight for an ideal even if you don’t live to see the fruits of your labour – that’s what I learned today 🙂

It’s 10: 04 PM on day 160 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, listened to music – Tiffany Alvord and Emily Harder are REALLY good it’s beyond me why they haven’t been signed to a record label yet – hopefully they will be soon 🙂 –  tweet about my Clean Water For All Campaign for a few hours – no luck today – go to a prayer administered by a visiting priest from India who is here to study theology for the next two years – it was very insightful he spoke about how we are the living building blocks that God uses to build his spiritual temple  and that we shouldn’t forget that God is the cornerstone of that temple –   and go out to dinner with the priest – I ordered a rib burger – the whole time that I was eating I kept thinking please don’t drop the fork, please don’t drop the fork, please don’t drop the fork – I had done so twice in the space of 10 minutes and I was DETERMINED not to let it happen again and it didn’t – it was the first time in my nineteen-year-life that I had ever used a fork and knife usually when we went out to eat my mother would sit next to me and feed me – I was SO proud of myself 🙂

Today as we – my sister, my mother and I – sat at our table in the Las Vagas Spur at the Hemingways Mall waiting for the others to arrive I looked around the restaurant and saw people of different races – black, white, Indian, Chinese – laughing and having a good time and it almost brought tears to my eyes because I knew that not so long ago a black man would have been jailed for going into a ‘white man’s toilet’ and in that moment I thought of Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo and all the other freedom fighters who fought for freedom even when it seemed like a far away dream and decided that I would always fight for human rights even if it only benefited the children of my grandchildren’s generation. Do you only fight for an ideal if you know that it will benefit you in the present? 🙂


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