It didn’t happen to me…
It happened on TV…
And that’s our attitude… Buildings fall. Women get raped. People get murdered. Terror attacks happen. A cyclone devastates…
But it didn’t happen to me!
We want a better world for ourselves, for our future , for the future of our unborn children or our friends’ unborn children…and yet we make the grand gesture of—-wait for it….—–NOTHING!
Let’s cut the crap. Candle light vigils don’t help a girl after she’s been raped- punishing rapists do! Complaining about government organisations when buildings collapse don’t help- -stop paying off people and making substandard buildings! Punish the guilty and punish them quick. Don’t let’s live in a country where you can do wrong…and live a lifetime of sin with your lawyer just taking ‘dates’ for you every time. Let’s stop being afraid of punishment and its consequence. Let’s start being afraid of what will happen if we don’t punish- let’s look at that consequence instead.
Today you weren’t raped…you don’t live in ‘that’ neighborhood, wear ‘provocative clothes’ like jeans and you don’t step out of your house after 2 p.m….but that doesn’t ensure your safety any more because rapists are not afraid of the last- they can rape and then claim they are juveniles or pay off someone and leave the city… Ravage your life, destroy you and then just move and rape someone else. But don’t think about that… because it didn’t happen to you.
Your building hasn’t collapsed as yet…so why worry…it’s not like your life will be destroyed if it did collapse… or your home that you’ve paid so much for might be worth rubble…it didn’t happen to you!
And about the cyclone- well…you tweeted… what else can you do? Oh yes, you hash-tagged it as well!
Let’s read about it in the newspapers.
Let’s gossip about it in coffee shops…
But let’s do NOTHING!
After all it didn’t happen to me. Right?
Rise and shine. It’s a new day. Smile. Walk. Run. Talk. Eat. Laugh. See. Do.
Don’t waste time on tears. Don’t waste time on fears. Life will happen regardless.
You may win. You will lose. You will love. You will hate. You may achieve but you must always try. Live the truth.
There will be days where you don’t want to get up. There will be days where you won’t want to sleep! There will be days that you’d love to forget and there will be those that you’ll remember every moment of.
Dream. If those dreams shatter and make some new dreams. There will be plans and they may not happen. Life has it’s own plans…It doesn’t need yours!
Save money. You will make money and you will lose money. You’ll be in debt and then you may have more than you need. Save.
Walk the road with your head held high. You may trip. You may even fall. But get up and keep walking because life is an adventure and though sometimes you are in the darkest tunnel remember there’s always a moment when you see the glorious hint of the sun!
Love. Fall in love. Rise in love. Give love. Demand love. It makes the journey of life worthwhile.
Don’t expect to love everyone and don’t expect everyone to love you.
Respect- give respect and be worthy of respect.
Inspire and be inspired! Don’t shut your mind to new experiences. Open your mind!
Eat the cupcake. Don’t spend your life on diet cause you will always see yourself as fat then! Don’t spend your life on food because you’ll miss out on other experiences then.
Have an opinion. Find one. Make one. Create one.
Laugh without a care.
Today is a great day because in the movie of your life-YOU ARE THE STAR!
So it’s already the fourth month of the year and well nothing’s different from last year…same crap, different day and you feel like life’s just being sucked away- GET UP! GET OUT! MAKE A CHANGE!
Life is not what happens to you….it’s what YOU do to make it HAPPEN!
Discover a new restaurant…like I did this weekend! Cafe Zoe at Mathuradas Mills Compound…! Sure its 2months old (61 days is what I was told) and I should’ve discovered it earlier… but I did it now and that’s what counts! Love love love!
Write a new post or play or film or diary entry! Or a new blog like I did Luxury Travel with Divya
Learn how to cook…even if it’s just one dish!
And sing like an idol…even if it’s only in the safety of your bathroom or only when your poor pet dog is listening!
Make a meeting for work and be as passionate as you possibly can…With passion you can actually feel life again!
Take a chance. Make a friend or reconnect with someone you didn’t think you’d be able to reconnect with!
And stop moping about life cos one life is all we have now and it’s up to us to make it WORK FOR US!