Friday, 15 February 2013

Dark Days


Originally I had planned on writing some quirky, funny post about Valentine's Day, but after yesterday's events I just can't seem to summon up the strength.   For those of you who spent Valentine's Day wrapped in a cocoon of blinding love, this is what was going on in the outside world.   South African paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was arrested for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp (South African model and celebrity) at 4am yesterday morning.   The initial report stated that Oscar mistook Reeva for a burglar, but as the day progressed and more information was released, the media began to speculate that this was not actually the case.   If the rumour mill is to be believed, Reeva was found dead in the bathroom after being shot four times (twice in the arm and twice in the head).   Neighbours say that they heard shouting and apparently this is not the first time that Oscar has been prone to violence.

When I first heard this story, I felt such sympathy for Oscar.   Imagine having to live with the guilt of accidentally killing someone you love.   But then I found out that this "accident" may have actually been pre-meditated and I felt such anger - not only at Oscar, but also at myself for my naivety.   They (whoever "they" are) say that we should always look for the good in people, but I am finding this incredibly difficult when I am surrounded by stories of so much bad on a daily basis.

Today has been dubbed "Black Friday" and people throughout Cape Town are wearing black in an attempt to make a stand against women abuse and rape worldwide.   Naturally the girls at Cosmopolitan SA all dressed in support of this cause, but as I stood with my co-workers posing for this photograph, I didn't feel pride.   Instead I found myself overwhelmed with incredible sadness that this is what our world has come to.   One of my New Year's Resolutions was to look at the positive before immediately jumping to the negative, but I think I'd find this easier if people weren't being so damn negative to begin with.