July is a month of great names, so step right on

2017-07-27 06:01
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I must admit, over the years, it has become somewhat heavy whenever I have to bid goodbye to the month of July.

Why is that so. I was born in this hallowed month. It was a Sunday morning, the third day of the month, so the story goes.

Age is just a number. Just the other day I remembered that I have never really taken the time to appreciate all the greatness associated with this month.

Now is the time. So here goes.

Granted, this is regarded as the coldest month in much of the Southern hemisphere. That it was named after Julius Caesar, as it is his month of birth, is now the stuff of legend.

But amidst the raindrops, snow, fog and dew associated with this month, there is warmth in the knowledge that it is in this month that the greatest statesman to have ever lived, Nelson Mandela, was born in July.

Imagine if the occasion of his birth, all those many years ago in the rolling hills of Mvezo village in Mthatha, Eastern Cape did not take place. The thought makes me shiver.

Tata Madiba has left a legacy none can taint.

Every year on July 18, we dedicate 67 minutes of our time to spread goodwill and uBuntu, in true Rholihlahla style.

This is one of the main reasons people from all walks of life, globally, always flash a smile whenever July saunters in.

For, what would the world be like if we gave no thought to the less fortunate? The struggle continues, though, if you consider that some amongst us mark this day with 67 sips of their favourite ale.

For those fortunate enough to be employed in these tough and junk status times, this is the month where they sit tight and hope for salary increases.

Companies are looking to cut down on their wage bills in these tough economic times, but it’s an undeniable fact that the cost of living is way too high. Throw in the fact that our people, already stretched to the limit by the so-called Black tax, love living beyond their means.

I also feel that the month of July defines a person’s year. Every time we welcome a new year, the excitement of it all has us revealing our new year’s resolutions. Of course, it takes time for these to come to fruition. A hardened alcoholic does not suddenly wake up and think that drinking is a bad habit after all.

In the same way that an overweight person will not suddenly wake up and pound the treadmill.

It takes time to find the inspiration to turn your resolutions into reality. But if, by July, you have not done good on your resolutions, it’s safe to say that yours was wishful thinking after all.

Same as in savings. If you are only looking to start saving in July, which is already past the halfway mark to the year, then you have an uphill battle to contend with.

I always try to keep my July as positive as possible, with the hope that such would rub off on those around me.

This is despite the fact that I don’t celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and whatnot. But I must say that an incident that took place one evening exactly two weeks ago, just outside a watering hole, sticks out as one that did not portray any positivity in this blessed month. It went like this...

I had barely sat down when I caught wind that someone had just been shot. A moment later, I spotted a bloke lying on the floor, writhing in pain.

... We drove him to the nearest hospital, and when I came back to seek clarity on the cause of this mayhem, was told a cigarette was at the centre of it all. A bloody entjie!

But amidst all of this carnage, I gathered enough strength to have a laugh, because I figured nothing could spoil my birthday month cheer.

An uncle was with us on the journey to save a life, as he had been having a beer at the spot and so, as we were waiting in the parking lot, I noticed that his hands were bloodied.

It must have been from when we were loading the fellow onto the wheelchair. “Uncle, you have blood on your hands!” I yelled.

With a half-empty glass in hand, he chased after me, screaming, “Kwedini! Kwedini! Ndakonzakalisa!” . See, July?

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