"Rape is a devastating experience. But there is hope... It remains up to each of us to find and to be lights of encouragement in our families and our communities."
October - December 2013, I will walk from Johannesburg to Cape Town in support of rape survivors & my own healing journey.
There exists this possibility that my walk may inspire one person to break their silence & heal their life.
They may realise that abuse is not a life sentence or that rape is not a death sentence.
They may view my walk & everyone supporting me as a great vote for them to live.
And so cast a ballot in favour of themselves.
There exists this possibility which is why I walk.
I found this photo from the day I arrived in Cape Town. Feels like The Joy Campaign happened a lifetime ago. Since back in Pretoria, I've gotten a new job, started studying and life's carried on pretty much as it did before.
I've been waiting for some great insight to post as the conclusion to my walk for everyone's who's supported me on this incredible journey. Truth is, I have none. I joked with a friend yesterday that after walking 1400km the best I can come up with is "I know nothing". In many ways, this is true.
The walk gave me so many gifts, one of them being my personal healing and the other waking up to how valuable our relationships are in our lives. The people we meet along life's way and those we call family and friends, these are the ones that really make a difference in our lives. And they offer us an opportunity to make a difference in theirs.
I'm taking time-out to get back into my everyday life, to nurture relationships I've neglected and to process the great journey that was my walk. May you continue your personal journey with the same kind of grace I've been experiencing on mine.