Whilst running in Plettenberg Bay – goodness gracious is there even one flat road in that town? It felt although I was running uphill the whole time. At one stage I got lost and I looked around and I realised that to get back home I would either have to run up another hill, run on the sand and swim through a river or swim in the sea. I promptly sat down on the pavement and phoned Hubby and told him to come and fetch me – I’m done running! The problem is that the hills are so steep that you can’t even run easy on the downhills because you have to brake the whole time or loose control.
So rant about hills and running over. Whilst I was running I noticed that there are so many house for sale in the town. To hazard a guess I would say about 1 out of every 10 houses were on the market. Obviously either holiday homes that people can’t afford anymore or people leaving the country.
And that made me think about what our current government is doing to the dreams of the people in this country. Please this is not a political post at all but I just have this incredible sadness about the state of our country and the people in it.
The dreams of an education for you children that will actually mean something
The dreams of a quality tertiary education
The dreams of a job and a house and a middle class life
The dreams of travel
The dreams of a comfortable retirement
The dreams of having your grandchildren grow up in front of you and now they are in a different country
The dreams of economic freedom
The dreams of safety
I know that I’m looking at the situation in our country from an exceptionally privileged position but even my dreams are being curtailed or has to change.
I would do anything to run a marathon abroad – my dream is the Nike Women’s marathon in San Francisco where you get a Tiffany necklace as medal – but now? With the rand a such a low level and the economy going south – that is a dream that is out of the window and I acknowledge that it is a frivolous dream but isn’t that what dreams should be?
Dreaming of our little house at the coast – well maybe not because when are they going to bring a law in place where you are not allowed to own more than one property?
Saving for retirement… – when will they put all the savings into one pot and distribute it among everybody? Regardless of your contribution to the pot?
I talk to the new domestic goddess and her heart is shattered into pieces because the little boy that she looked after and she loved with her whole being has moved to New Zeeland and with that move came a time of unemployment for her.
I talk to the people at work and they are all so despondent – there salaries are just not covering everything and all they want is a better life for their kids.
Cry thy beloved beautiful country….