I have struggled to blog with the rhythm and intensity that I set out as a goal, when I created this site, driveclt. I wish I could say that I was suffering from writer’s block (well a part of me wishes it was that easy). I know better though, and to be honest, I think it is because of fear.
The fear of not conforming to the narrative…
I have enjoyed growing up and living in South Africa. There is a lot to our country, and my journey of discovery will struggle to cover and understand all that our country is about. So the topics to write about are not the problem. It is for that reason, that I know that my lack of posts and quality of posts so far, are not about writer’s block.
I have been, and remain, conflicted as to what I write about on this blog. Political tensions in the country, rise and fall, at the frequency of a bat flapping its wings. Our racial divide gets exposed by the nano second. The persistent income inequality gap, resulting in a socio-economic environment of the haves and have nots, culminates in institutions of learning being burnt to the ground, without a thought as to the consequences.
It makes it hard to be an ambassador of South Africa, and write about the great qualities of this country, it’s majestic cities, with all those problems. That is why I am conflicted. How do I, as a self elected tourist ambassador promoting our country, give you an attractive perspective on the sights and sounds of our beautiful shores, with the negative realities so irresistable?
The world wide web and social media have plenty of negative press on South Africa. That can be the balancing effect. I will focus on the positive aspects of our country. Whether it is my family and I, spontaneously buying 250 school children an ice cream each at McDonald’s (the kids were out on a day trip at The V&A Waterfront), or any other random act of kindness, that’s what makes this country special to me.
If I see the beauty in this country, why not share it here with you? The media have chosen to ignore that very beauty, as they are obsessed with eyeballs and ad spend and page views. I care more about how I leave you feeling.
South Africa has striking features, and I am being mischievous with the pun. Jokes aside, with such a picturesque setting, where ordinary people are doing extraordinary things, why not find my inspiration in that to blog about?