Gorra bum deal, pleeez gerre life

2017-12-14 06:00
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on the runLunga Adam

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Considering the manner in which this year began for me, I thought it wise to jot down my thoughts on the year that was and the year ahead.

I exhale. It’s been one long year. But also this description is apt, as you will learn a bit later in this piece.

I have come to accept the fact that a year is never particularly bad or good – depending on a particular individual’s expectations or ambitions and whether these were met. For the benefit of honesty, I must state upfront that from where I was seated when we ushered in this year, the prospects weren’t looking too bright.

All three readers of this column may remember the 9 March insertion, headlined “Ushering in the new year was a bum deal”.

It was about a leisurely walk I took from a friend’s place in the Marikana informal settlement on the morning of New Year’s Day 2017.

Leisure turned to danger upon seeing a woman’s bare bums. Miss Bum had been peeing at a ramshackle ablution facilities of a shebeen. After reaching my crib, I took a gulp and thought long and hard about the effects of such a sighting on a bright new day of a new year, and immediately settled on going to the beach.

As a darkie, I am of the school of thought that the sea breeze can wash away bad luck. Got marital troubles? Go to the beach. Deep in debt? Beach, please. You will agree with me that the sight of buttocks, of whatever shape, is not very pleasant, especially for one as young.

But maybe going for a splash didn’t quite do the trick after all, for life continued to throw curveballs all year long.

Yet I suppose we must always be grateful for the mere gift of life. These days, it is more difficult to stay alive than to die, if you think about it. You’re probably sitting there sipping on your Rooibos tea, while someone else somewhere in this world is fighting for his life. Some did not see the light of this day, in all its beauty. The troubles of this wretched earth have us by the balls, leaving us hanging on for dear life. The spectre of hijacking incidents, people getting caught in the crossfire, road rage, women and child abuse is no laughing matter. Every day of our lives, our bodies are on the line.

We always complain this time of the year because things haven’t gone our way, and I feel our grumpy outlook should instead be replaced by a sense of gratitude. So, instead of moaning bitterly this time around, why not say thank you? Thank you for the gift of life. Thank you for staying true to yourself all year round. Thank you even for the hardships because they bring the best out of you. Thank you for THIS day – come rain or shine (well, one wishes there was a bit more rain).

Among other things, this year has shown me that there are a lot of people doing good things out there in our communities and we need to shine a light on them. Hence, I embarked on the “Lower Case” series of articles, which sought to show the OTHER side of Lower Crossroads. Instead of hero-worshipping tsotsis who have no regard for the well-being of us all, including the young ones, we need to look to our own heroes and heroines for inspiration.

On that note, I wish to plead with parents to safeguard their kids during this, the silly season. Know their whereabouts at all times because, it being school holidays, they have a lot of time on their hands. Time to get up to no good. Time to fall prey to the scum of the earth. Like it or not, these are the realities of Dec... Most of all, ‘tis the season to be jolly. So loosen up, break a leg and “just shake your bum bum.” Just as long as it’s covered!

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