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500 days later. We are all in the same boat, but we are not all in the same storm.


Johannesburg, South Africa (07 August 2021) – Tomorrow will be 500 days since South Africa was placed in lockdown. 500 flipping days.

And many of us have really gone through the most.

This thing we are collectively going through is so incredibly traumatic. A global pandemic stripped us of our normalcy and slowly chipped away at our security, our economic stability and took away our loved ones. It’s been a lot. And then, on top of that, we all have our own battles within this that can make it feel so much harder.

We are all in the same boat, but we are not all in the same storm.

For some people, it’s a light sprinkle. Yes, they have been impacted by the pandemic but perhaps not as severely as others.

For some, this is a storm. It’s scary. It’s disruptive. It’s enough to keep you up at night, glued to the news, social media and worrying.

For some, it is a hurricane. The roofs are being ripped off; it is crashing against the walls. It is being swept away at sea. It is terrifying.

Panache Desai said that there is an opening in every perceived difficulty through which the majesty of the Divine seeps into our existence. No experience in life, however painful, is ever wasted, and I like to believe that. There are moments in each of our lives when something greater – something unimaginable – steps in to help us realign with our truest lives and most authentic selves. This trauma… this storm either shakes our world to its core or tears everything apart so that we are launched once again in the direction of our best lives… the most authentic expression of who we are each here to be.

And I believe that we will get through this storm.

And once it is over, we won’t remember how we made it through… how we managed to survive. We won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When we come out of the storm, we won’t be the same people who walked in.

And that’s my wish for you today, that we are all being launched into the direction of our best lives. Even while weathering this storm.

That’s it. Just wishing you good things. Okay. Love you. Bye.

Sources: Brent Lindeque | Good Things Guy 
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Brent Lindeque is the founder and editor in charge at Good Things Guy.

Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

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