I find we sometimes get so wrapped up in everything that is wrong in our country that we forget in what a wonderful place we actually live. So, today I just want to celebrate my beautiful country.
I am a South African and I love my country. There is no place like it on earth (excuse my bias). With this I do not refer to politics, corruption or crime because I believe you find that all over the world, but I am exactly where I want to be.
I was born here and I grew up here and Africa runs deep in my veins. I love our sunshine, our beautiful nature and the wonderful diversity that comes with so many different people. If I think about my country, I think of a beautiful and colourful jar full of jelly beans. Enough to make the child in any of us burst with excitement.
We have the most beautiful and breathtaking sunsets and sunrises. We have a huge amount of animals and bird-life and wide open spaces where you can just breathe.
Of course I also live in the most beautiful part of our country, called the Garden Route, and I’m not at all biased when I say that. From a very young age this was the place I wanted to be. We came here on holiday when I was very little and I remember crying when we left because I wanted to stay. Years later I got my wish and not a day goes by that I am not eternally grateful that I can live in such a beautiful place. I am minutes away from the most beautiful beaches. If I drive over our majestic mountain that has a mood for every day, I am in the Karoo. There with a bit of rain desert can burst into purples and yellows overnight. My dog loves her forest walks and nothing ends of a week like a cycle through our surrounding farmlands.
We are home to “braaivleis”, rugby, vuvuzela’s, ostriches, Table Mountain and “South African hospitality”. If you haven’t experienced that yet, you are missing out big time.
I love the diversity. The fact that I didn’t grow up with just one language. I love the different cultures and way of thinking that distinguishes us from each other. I think our people are quite unique in the bigger scheme of things.
My only wish for this country is that politicians would take a few lessons from our sportsmen. In this country sport has always brought people and cultures together under one banner and once that happens we make an awesome team!
I believe in the future of this country because I am an African and this is my home.