My name is Sara, older than 16 and younger than 40. What truly inspires me in Namibia is my true self. I have at times been insulted, laughed at, ashamed and betrayed by people most of them whom I didn’t know and that was the good thing because I simply didn’t know the people. I love the fact that I remain unflustered in situations that provoke my peace and happiness. Let me give you my scenarios:
Case 1: a tipper truck passing by with construction workers (no offence) and they screamed “hello sexy” and the moment I ignored they threw offensive languages. I still managed to keep my smile on, after all, I am a superwomen. I avoid unnecessary conversations.
Case 2: I was seated in a taxi, a street kid pinched me through the window so hard that I really felt it in my brain and can still remember it today. This is the same guy who I twice gave coins at Katutura Shoprite and Wernhill taxi rank respectively and my loaf of bread that I once bought for my family. I remember him very well because I am always scared that he will pinch me again. By the way, the last time I gave him bread I had no choice but I wanted to save myself from the torture. I love my self that even a mosquito bite hurts.
Case 3: While awaiting for my brother who went to answer a call of nature at Oshakati open market rest rooms, one guy called me “Hey you! Come here”, and so my answer was “you come here”, his next response was, “do you want me to be found by your coward boyfriend there if you ladies of nowadays are cursed that you are always accompanied by man”. Off course this was said in the most aggressive manner in one of the native languages, it sounds better in English. But, I simply ignored this because I had nothing to take from this conversation.
So, what inspires “me about me” is that, I walk away from situations that are not adding value to my life. In all these cases and many others that I have been in life, I walk away with a smile and as a worrier because in my heart I have won, I am stronger and I am a legend. I have seen people fighting because of petty things, in some cases fights led to fatalities but that is not how I roll, I am a lady of principles. I am sure we have all seen people fighting because they for example bumped each other’s cars or simply can’t get to a conclusion.
A car is material and can be replaced, a life is not, like they say YOLO (You only live Once). We all have differences and should be settled in the most descent and diplomatic manner. It does not do good throwing words with some strangers that you don’t even know because in the end you might end up hurting yourself. These people at times rejoicing that they are hurting people mostly when you respond to them and they throw you with war of words. For example the constructions workers might be doing that for fun or even just
doing it to please each other. I mean, even for the guy that pinched me, I will still continue feeding him or giving him the little that I have, it does not take me anywhere to hold grudges that is why I am always dressed with a SMILE. Sara is not selfish, does not hold grudges, appreciate people for who they are, have respect for people, forgive easily, always sympathises with people, and the word hate does not exist in her dictionary. So if we can all learn a thing or 2 from Sara, this world will be a better place to live in.
So be like SARA-H (letter “H” derived from the first letter of my surname)
By Sara Hamukwaya