The road to recovery is paved with many experiences, some smooth and some rough!
One of these experiences took place on the 9th of July 2013, a year ago today. I remember it as a particularly difficult but victorious date. It was the day of sentencing in my hijack/rape trial. My family had already spent the whole morning at the High Court. I wasn’t going to go to court that day despite the Public Prosecutor’s strong encouragement to me to do so for the sake of closure. As far as I was concerned, I had already testified a year prior to that, with my attackers a few meters away from me, and had absolutely no intention of ever setting my diminutive feet anywhere near, let alone in, court again!
I’ve always loved flamingos. Their brightness has always appealed to me. To me, flamingos connote beauty, grace and balance. (I’m talking about the flamingo birds that wade in water, not the plastic ones that one finds in stereotypical American front yards).
I’m officially on holiday… Which is just delightful. I do however have plenty of work and planning to do. It’s a chilly weekend in PE so I have spent some time today wrapped up in a blanket and on Pinterest (and not working!) I find Pinterest rather therapeutic. It’s great for my creativity and is a lot less messy than actually cutting out pictures and scrapbooking them.
You are welcome to have a peek at my boards on Pinterest.
Nina Millin is performing Beyoncé Knowles’s record winning songs as monologues. Although they are funny to watch, they are such a good reminder that how way we say things can totally change the way it is received.
I have been contemplating this for two years; two whole years of ‘should I or shouldn’t I. If I do, what will people say? Do I care what people say? What are my motives? Can I imagine myself still being happy with this decision in 40 years time?’
However you saw the new year in, whether it was in your sleep (if you have young kids you are forgiven, if not, lame!) at a raucous party, at an intimate braai (barbecue), at church or in a little town in the Karoo in South Africa with weather so hot, but still around a bonfire with a group of people armed with champagne and chocolate (which is what I did), I really hope this is a great year for you! I know that every year has its challenges but this past one seemed to be an exceptionally challenging one! (Perhaps it comes with the territory of getting older?!) But…. I also had some great experiences and achievements too, which included:
Today I went for my first run on MY OWN since my attack. The last time I did that was a few hours before we were kidnapped! Such a sense of accomplishment! I was armed with a glass water bottle and pepperspray both ready to be used as weapons!