27 April – Freedom day – Vryheidsdag

 I have learned that a healthy self-esteem, confidence and perseverance are best acquired through modelling or mentoring.  I suppose this is the reason why Tata never really retired:

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”  Nelson Mandela

Happy Freedom Day, let’s all do our part.

I often find myself asking soon-to-be retirees what they intend to do during retirement.  This often happens when I encounter a person with a unique skill and realise that this decision could change their future forever.  Some of these people may be uneducated, or worse may not comprehend the significance of education, in maintaining an active brain. I learnt from an article I once read that reading exercises the brain, in the same way that physical activity exercises the body.

I have come across under-privileged, less-skilled people, who are e.g. lacking in organizing skills and writing skills. However, these people also have stories to tell which others will learn from.  I have made use of public transport on a daily basis since the birth of my first child in 2015. Here I have met people who think they are insignificant and think they have nothing to offer this world. While listening to them I was amazed at the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome with very few resources.  I have listened to the invaluable contributions they have made to their families or communities. I heard all of these stories on short bus rides.  I believe that someone like Oprah needs to hear these stories and broadcast it to the whole world.

I have learned that a healthy self-esteem, confidence and perseverance are best acquired through modelling or mentoring.  I suppose this is the reason why Tata never really retired:

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”  Nelson Mandela

Happy Freedom Day, let’s all do our part.

Bridget Seabela

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