05 December 2013
I stood on the shoulder of the road taking photographs of our flag in half-mast today, the heaviness of my emotion tumbling from my heart, up into my eyes and trickling unashamedly and slowly down my cheeks. I stood there staring up at the emblem of our country flapping gently in the wind in silence, paying respect, gripped by an overwhelming sense of how far we have come but also, how far we have yet to go as I became aware that I was not completely comfortable on the edge of the road that I was on, constantly looking over my shoulder to make sure that I was safe.
It cannot ever be said that the impact Madiba made was small, even though there might be some who are stuck in the old South Africa, loosely affected by his death that we all knew was coming. We are never going to move forward if we keep looking back, we will never know true freedom, true unity or true democracy if we hang onto the idea that racism is part of our future and that is not to say that it does not still exist, it is very much alive. Yet the vision and the will is needed by every South African on this continent and abroad to move ahead, joining hands and hearts in the spirit of love, harmony and humanity. Sounds impossible. Nelson and all his compatriots didn't think so; he fought for it, was imprisoned for it and became the first black President in South Africa because of it; “It always seems impossible until it is done”.
He is finally free and in peace, two idea's that he gave his whole life for, his mission complete, his soul shining at his accomplishments and no matter what we are still facing as a country; it is still possible to see and feel past the elements that hold us back. He set the wheels in motion, we CAN keep them turning.
I’m just an average human being born into a country that I feel privileged to call my home, affected by a man who was born less average than me because of the colour of his skin, plummeted into greatness by a struggle that South Africa will never again see. Because of his dream, because he believed that one day we as all South Africans could be a Nation joined in togetherness. A man whose story is on the lips of millions today.
No matter who you are, where you are, how you feel about your country and where we are headed, if you are South African, you have every reason to celebrate, mourn and hold in your hands the pride of your heritage, today more than any other day in the history of what this country represents. May our souls always be touched by the lasting impression of the greatest man ever to be recorded in a story that changed the way the world sees our Mother Land; the Father of our Nation. I AM proudly South African. Sala Kahle Madiba.
How I see it...
I see, speak and write in metaphors because I feel there is much we can learn from nature, people and our surroundings as depicted in my photographs and why I enjoy sharing my thoughts. Not in any attempt to convince or convert you to my way of thinking, seeing or feeling but to share how I see and experience MY mind map of the world. You at no time have to agree, all I ask is that my views and the views of others who wish to express theirs are kindly respected. So relax, get comfy and just enjoy. Happy reading!