This has been a week of making marks…
Yesterday I, and (hopefully) the rest of South Africa, stood in queues to cast our votes in our country’s general election. Significant for many reasons but mostly due to the fact that this marked the 20th year anniversary that I, and the majority of our population, became eligible to vote for the very first time. WHAT????? Did I just say that was 20 years ago? That cannot possibly be… **as I count on my fingers and toes**
I didn’t even have to pull the “I’m a Cancer patient” card to move up the queue 🙂 Pete and I arrived at our designated voting station just after 7am and were back home drinking tea by 7:30am!
Talking about making marks, I have also had a bit of a tummy bug this week. And I guess like most of people where cancer has touched their lives, it’s not ever simply a tummy bug, a pulled muscle, a cough… it’s always the fear that the cancer has come back. So I guess that makes a very real mark on your psyche (c’mon what kind of mark did you think I meant) ***tut tut***.
So Monday is my radiation plotting scan… I have been informed by people in the know that this will include permanent tattoo markings made on my chest so that the machines can be lined up correctly. Apparently despite any personal preferences, this is non negotiable! I mean REALLY, have they not heard of permanent markers? Especially the stuff the election officials use to mark your thumbs with when you go off to vote. I mean have you tried to get that stuff off? I think that’s what the majority of South Africans are doing right now, scrubbing….
“Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. it’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.” Barack Obama
“We only live once, but once is enough if we do it right. Live your life with class, dignity, and style so that an exclamation, rather than a question mark signifies it!” Gary Ryan Blair
“Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing!” Pat Riley
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Michelangelo
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” Washington Irving