Have you ever been so passionate about something that it starts to consume you? If one uses that passion wisely one can achieve objectives that were once deemed impossible. Yet how many of our youth ever realise that?
In my 20 years of running the 86km Comrades Marathon between Durban and Pietermaritzburg we used to live, eat and sleep (and drink!) Comrades for the first 6 months of every year. All of our socialising was with friends who were going to compete in Comrades and all of our planning was around qualifying in marathons and runs around the country. The end result was that the majority of us came back with a medal – in 1984 – 19 out of 54 runners ran silver; one John Dixon came 8th and won a gold medal.
I was watching BBC News during the day yesterday and watched with interest as a charming young lady expounded on what she and others of her age in the Cornwall Community were doing to clean up their beaches – see Beach Cleans. Not only that but her peers had put together a whole lot of good ideas to present to the G7 leaders to talk about – the latter have now, on the prompting of Beach Cleans, included the topic of Mental Health on the Agenda!
There is, as many of you will already know, too much plastic being dumped into the ocean but what about plastic being dumped into our bushes, dams and all along the national roads? Plastic bags are still being used by people to take home their shopping when green-friendly bags or paper packets could be used.
What we need is for a few youngsters to put up their hands and make things like Beach Cleans work for their own local community. All it takes is for one person to start the ball rolling. Why don’t you be that person? Phone up a few mates and make a plan to clean up all the rubbish on your street, convince others in your neighbourhood to do the same thing. Some will resist but don’t let that destroy your drive. Give the objective a name like “No 2 Plastic” and make it happen
Sharon Hook is an exemplary example of what can be done in this regard – several years ago she set out to clean up her local shopping centre and ended up have a clean-up in just about every shopping centre in greater Harare
I look forward to hearing about some of these new ideas
Ciao Mike G.