As I was trying to put pen to paper, something touched my heart. A feeling of sadness engulfed me; the sorry state of affairs of our beloved country South Africa. I couldn’t help but think that a little more that two decades ago, we were a happy lot, singing at the top of our voices: Free at last. Our worries and problems will soon be over, we hoped and wished. A better life for all, peace and tranquillity, was our mantra.That the chains of oppression will be unshackled. The years of the feelings that we are not a people good enough to roam around the streets of Mzantsi, were over, we boasted.These and many other thought clouded my mind and had me reminiscing about some of the things we used to share back then and laugh about even though life was a living hell. At times, when things are bad people tend to be creative and humour abounds.I remember how simple names were interpreted to reveal their concealed meaning.Remember brands like ‘Lion Lager’ and many others. I grew up believing that the true meaning of ‘lion lager meant ‘let Indians own nothing’ and ‘let Africans get equal rights’. There was one also one that lamented the use of alcohol in the so-coloured community: ‘our coloured brothers live to drink’. OCB Ltd. Ohlssons’s Cape Brewery Limited.The point I am trying to make here was that we were focussed as a nation and our goal was to see Africans being totally free at all costs. We looked forward to the greener land and valleys that our country has been endowed with. We looked forward to the promised land where a government is for the people and by the people. Eish, this seems to be slowly slipping away. All I can say we just need to focus and find ourselves. We need direction and that direction will need to start first by each and everyone finding inner peace before looking at anyone else for answers. We need to first love ourselves as people. From there we will surely develop positivity about our future. We need to stop looking or seeking for miracles to happen in order for us to live a better life. We can do this.Mzantsi can still prosper, only if we give it our all and focus on things that will surely change our lives for better.