It’s better to be ‘dom’

2015-11-12 06:00
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I don’t know whether to be happy or not that the year is winding down.

I feel like not. Like there is still plenty to do. And I haven’t done any. I’ve just scratched the surface. Am I the only one that feels like that? Or, are we many?

I’ve kept my goals. I try to adhere to them. I always have goals. And keep them. I don’t mess with them. Like if I do, I will disappoint myself. I don’t like to disappoint myself. I’m the only thing I have. I notice that this year I added a goal to the goals I already have. I didn’t want to, but I had to. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but some things had to be sacrificed. And I’m glad I did sacrifice some things. I love everything I do. But not everything I do is important. Some are not. And can be sacrificed. So they fell by the wayside. And I had this goal, which was so challenging. But also so ennobling. I know ignorance is bliss. So they say. But I don’t think it is.

Especially when it comes to me. I got to know. And after I know, I feel happy. I feel empowered. I can go about things feeling better.

As I said the year is winding down and I’m happy I adopted a goal of reading. Don’t get me wrong, I do read. I’ve been reading stuff related to my field. But I’ve not been reading stuff outside my field.

And this year I asked, “Why not?” And why not indeed. So I got books about Mzansi. I read books that could bring me up to speed. What is happening? What is going on? And I ploughed on.

Now I feel like I am tired. I feel like I’ve been traveling a long way. And I got to rest. Take a break and do something else. And I’m glad the decision came at the right time. After reading a powerful book. And that powerful book is by Ray Hartley – ‘Ragged Glory: The Rainbow Nation in Black and White.’ We always complain that white people write our history. I don’t care. What are we doing?

Who is holding us back? No one is holding us back. We are. We are enjoying life. We are postponing things. We think we will do them later. When later I don’t know? Time is not waiting for us. It is moving. This book is about post-1994, from Mandela to Zuma. From Democracy to a ‘Failed State.’ When experts talk about a Failed State; they talk about those in power manipulating state organs to protect and serve them.

They control the judiciary. The media. Parliament. The economy. You name it. They do. That is why I want to take a break. That book gave me body blows. I’ll continue again with my reading next year. For now I’m winding down.

Stay positive.

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