Anger = Motivation

I am so sorry I haven’t been a diligent blogger for a while now. I just had no motivation, but then I got angry and well, anger is a great motivator.

You know, I always said that I don’t want to write about politics on my blog, especially not South African politics. But I just cannot keep quiet about this.

I am a proud supporter of the DA (a South African political party, the Democratic Alliance). I feel they have a positive outlook for South Africa which includes all races and is built on equality. They strive for South Africa to move forward, out of this “race” rut, where everything is not just about race, but actually about building a better South Africa. They want South Africa to have a good infrastructure, a thriving economy; they want us to be corruption free and a place where criminals are apprehended. As a South African, is that not what we want for this country? Or is it that people in South Africa just want to fight all the time? If they don’t have anything to moan and groan about or people to blame and be rude to, they are not happy?

The reason for all of this anger towards my country? The DA have now progressed and elected a young, vibrant, black woman as the party’s leader in Parliament. This young lady is called Lindiwe Mazibuko. And she is amazing. However, you would not believe how much negative reaction this has caused from the public’s side. There are two news sites, Nuus 24 and News 24, one being predominantly read by Afrikaans speaking individuals and the other mainly by English speakers. So, here to follow is a summary of the reactions to the article about Lindiwe’s sucess.

Nuus 24: She is black that is the only reason she was chosen. More black people are coming to take over our country. She is taken away work from white South Africans who could have done the job better that her.

News 24: She is too young she has no experience. They just chose her to get black people’s vote. She is under-qualified. She is only doing this for attention and when things get to hot she will be bought by the ANC.

There were a lot of other comments and there was some positive feedback, but this is just to show you, the reader, something. That no matter what happens in this country people will always be moaning and fighting. Come on people! Half of you are angry that she is black; half of you are moaning she is too young. Get over it. Stop fighting and rather use that energy in a positive way by trying to make this country better. No race in this country is going to disappear, so look past skin colour and see the human behind it.

This to me is remarkable step. Yes, she is young. This brings a fresh outlook and new ideas along with it that in turn will lead to the DA being even greater and having even better ideas for our country. Why are you angry that she might attract supporters of the other political parties? This means that THE DA MIGHT ACTUALLY WIN THE ELECTIONS! And then this country might actually live up to its potential.

I don’t understand it. Maybe the reason for all this negativity and fighting is because that is all that South Africans are used too. I think it is because for 46 years there was only fighting and oppressing going on and people are scared that this is what South Africa will revert back too. But I think South Africa has seen what that could do to a country and hopefully the right political party will become our leader and that will not happen again. I want you to take that fear you are harboring and turn it into something positive rather. Be more tolerant of all races, be more accepting. Make a conscious decision to stop being an ass and make South Africa better.

GO LINDIWE!! 🙂

Go South Africa! And Lindiwe!

October 28, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Politics. 1 comment.

Welcome to my first blog entry

I started my blog. Finally!

I have been wanting to do this since 2008 after reading  http://mushypeasontoast.blogspot.com/, but I always had excuses – I don’t have time, what is the point if no one is going to read it, I don’t know what I am going to write, I am not funny enough etc. I basically demotivated myself for three years. Shocking!

Then last week Friday, I found the motivation I needed, here http://www.beingbrazen.com/. Being brazen often asks a blogger to post his/her bucket list and this got me thinking about my own non-existing one.

I was always too scared to start a bucket list, because what if one day when I am old and dying, I look at this bucket list and I have not achieved all that I wanted to? Won’t this be the ultimate disappointment in your whole life? Won’t this be enough to just kill all those happy memories you have of your (average) life by thinking you have not achieved anything when in actual fact you have, but those are now shrouded in darkness because you never went to France (or wherever).

And then I read this blog with the bucket lists and it inspired me to 1. Write a bucket list and 2. Start the blog I have always wanted to start, which in part draws a line through one of the things on my bucket list. Yay!

So, I changed my perspective to this. A bucket list isn’t there to remind you in your old age of all you have not achieved in your life, rather it is there to motivate you to achieve all you can and to live to the fullest so that one day when you are old you can look at the list and think “Wow, I lead an amazing life, look at all I accomplished that I did not even envision when writing this bucket list”. It’s like this cliché quote that I love: Aim for the moon and if you don’t make it at least you will be in the stars. In other words, write your bucket list, but always aim for more!

Here is my bucket list. I want to…

1. have an enjoyable wedding – on the top of my priority list for my wedding is that people should enjoy it, because it is a celebration of love. People must dance and socialize and basically just have a big party.

2. travel a lot – I am just going to elaborate shortly. I want to eat delicious bread, pizza and pasta in Italy. I want to see the Taj Mahal in real life. I want to go to an Eastern country.

3. be super successful and super happy at the same time. Happiness is very important to me (because I am a pessimist and an emo kid in general, but with a faded silver lining that you can sometimes see clearly).

4. start a blog and stick to it. Already done it. Well, I am going to try to motivate my lazy old self to write here as often as possible.

5. write a novel. And have it published and read.

6. raise a normal happy child. This will probably be the biggest challenge of my life.

7. own a swiss shepherd and a miniature toy pom. I love animals and I especially love these two breads of beautiful dogs.

8.  snowboard. Anywhere. Okay wait, anywhere not in Africa.

9. own a house with a real fireplace. It sounds so much cooler in Afrikaans though ‘kaggel’. Something rustic about it.

10. life in my dream house. I have drawn this house and I have planned the inside. This is a particularly difficult task for someone who can not even draw a loaf of bread. I know, I have a lot of free time.

Is there anything special on your bucket list dear reader? And what do you think of my first entry? 🙂

July 18, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 6 comments.