Research is stating more and more often that in every one of our friendship / family circles there is at least one person who does.
Either it is openly known or seen, or carefully hidden by that person.
Depression is an illness. It is not a choice like what movie to see, what day to go to the dentist, what colour top to put on or whether or not to have a 2nd cup of coffee.
Depression does not jump up and wave a large flag in your face when it is about to swoop. It is either there all the time, or sidles up to you every now and then, usually without warning, visits for a while and then slithers off. You do not get to choose, it is not like a hotel booking where you say "five nights please".
When diagnosed with any other serious illness, people would normally find themselves treated with great sympathy and genuine caring. The person who has the sickness did not ask for it, and has to li…
The beach. Brings images to mind of vast areas of golden sand. The
smell of coconut suntan oil, the sea and the vision of toned bodies, splayed on
beach towels, soaking up the sun whilst buff speedo clad men run along the sea
edge, eliciting sighs from women of all ages …. Screeeeeech …… stop the vision. Because the reality is indeed vast areas of
golden sand, and the smell of suntan lotion, but the toned bodies? All bodies
are here – toned, untoned, over toned, thin, fat, in-between and everything
else, in costumes of all sizes and styles, whether appropriate for that person
or not. Speedo clad men? Yes, but
perhaps for many of them a switch to baggies would be more appropriate. Speedo and huge boep? Not so hot.
A bit like me rocking up on the beach in a tanga. Not so hot.
If you are without a huge boep or highly confident or have always worn a
Speedo – high 5 to you. If not – better not. I have a wonderful friend who tells me that
Speedos are meant for illicit trips to Thail…
📚📚📚 So today the much awaited (or feared) Matric Results for the #Classof2017 were released. Now some students would have been waiting with great joy, some with great trepidation, some with great angst, others with complete confidence and others still with utter panic. Every student would like to do his or her best. OK, maybe most students. Some have to additionally do their mother or father’s concept of what their “best” is. Some have had no guidance or family life or had a lack of books and/or stationery and will fail as a result. Others will have those same restrictions and soar. The press and social media are full of success stories today. From all spheres of life, all incomes, all family backgrounds. I saw and heard and read of kids with distinctions from upmarket schools but I also saw my fair share of kids with that many distinctions from not such upmarket schools or very understaffed and underequipped schools. I saw stories of kids who studied the entire year by candl…