We are born and we cry, we mumble, we giggle and we utter our first words. We crawl, we take our first step, we learn to walk and how to talk, we run and then we fall. We get up and get stronger. It rains in our lives...a lot. But the sun always shines again. This is MY POCKETFUL OF SUNSHINE: A happy place I let my mind run wild.
I was born Mmatsatsi Ngoepe, but I go by Tsatsi or mis-sun-shine. Follow me on @Tsatsi_N
Because I’m from a nation that is rich in art. A nation that cries and dances at the same time. Contrary to Ecclesiastes 3, my people cry and sing simultaneously. I was not shocked to see fellow citizens singing outside Madiba’s home last night after his passing was announced. Because we knew of his ill-health, we were almost prepared for this day. Had he gone in and out of hospital without our knowledge, today would be a different day. The sadness, though heart-felt, isn’t so heavy on us. I was about to call it a night when I found out. I immediately thank God for giving us uTata and his soldiers who fought hard for change and equality. This morning, I woke up in song. I thought of The Beatles’ LET IT BE….Brenda Fassie’s MY BLACK PRESIDENT…the classics that make us smile and dance instead of weep on a day like today. Madiba is a global phenomenon and he moved souls wherever he went. His story is our story. I love this man so much…I can’t seem to express it in past tense because he still warms my heart. I remember, as a little girl, I would think of him as my grandfather because he always reminded me of my grandmother. I thought they looked alike, but then many old people do. I always thought Madiba deserved to live for a long time…probably longer than 95. That dream faded because with age, comes illness and discomfort. The more I grew, I only wished him well. I wanted him to rest. Madiba is an icon. We cannot ever forget him. Ever! He is now at peace and that’s all we could have asked for. He is not only a loss to South Africa, but a loss to planet Earth. He is larger than life. Madiba was more than generous – he gave us more than we could have asked for. He defines humility, love and hope. I am blessed to have shared a lifetime with this legend. We thank the heavens for him. Let it be… O robale ka kgotso Tata! Rest In Peace!