Getting rid of a bad image
I gained a couple of kilos and developed a beer belly over the last couple of years of avoiding the gym. This is all blamed on my good old pal Heineken. I have since filled divorce papers on it, and am looking for a new pal who will deform my shape like Heineken has been doing to me.
Most clothing items no longer fit me. Some of my friends started making fun of me saying "I'm three months pregnant" and that does not do a lot of good to a guy’s self confidence. A decision had to be made, and so I decided to try to lose one or two jeans sizes.
The gym seemed the logical option.
Needless to say, it’s easier said than done. It takes blood sweat, and tears to lose The Belly. To the untrained eye, you wouldn’t see the results of the hard work I’ve been putting in trying to get rid of three months pregnancy.
While huffing, and puffing doing push-ups and sit-ups, cursing the Heineken and all the unhealthy food stuff I love so much, I got to think about my beloved country, South Africa, and the pain it was going through.
This country is also trying to shed its old image of the apartheid years. Lots of progress has been made in that regard. There are some doomsayers who can or will not see it. Luckily the majority of the people can see it, and till have hope.
If I cannot lose the beer belly that easily, how can the country lose the bad image so fast?
How come we expect the legacy of the bad things that happened in the past to disappear in a short period of time? Our past (apartheid) created this monster (The Beer Belly = inequalities) that we should all tackle and overcome for our country to succeed.
Shouldn't we all be committed and strive for the greater good of all people. It will take all our combined blood, sweat and tears to achieve that goal. If we stand together nothing will be impossible.
Hard work still lies ahead and it’s a good thing because that means as South Africans, we all have a dream to wake up to and we all have a dream to try to achieve. That dream is the rainbow nation with everyone living in harmony with one another; with everyone enjoying equal rights, and equal shares to the wealth of this country.
We are indeed a nation united. It has nothing to do with the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa that we are united. We are united by our common goal and our dreams for South Africa. We deserve the credit for all the hard work, and sacrifices made by all South Africans. "Amandla Ngawethu".
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