As I write this week’s column, I’m sitting at Cape Town International. It’s a cold and wet morning in the Mother City, and I’d much rather be under the covers in my warm bed. But I’m getting ready to fly-off to Joburg, to see my grandfather who has been admitted to hospital.
It’s funny how sometimes you don’t really want to be in a place, but you come to realize that it was just what you needed.
One of the things I love doing when I’m out is people watching. No, not in a stalker way – it’s more like a social observance. In fact, as I peer over my laptop now, I see friends, colleagues, and families all gathered together, big smiles on their face, before they hit the air.
If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘Love Actually’, they sum-up airports rather perfectly:
“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere.
Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize the importance of family and love. What started out as a muggy morning and me wanting to lie in bed for a few hours extra has turned into a beautiful morning. Is it still raining? Yes. Is it still cold? Yes. Does any of this matter? No – because there is warmth and love throughout, and I know that once I touch down in Jozi and see my Grandad, I will be even more grateful for this morning.
The Beatles were right when they said, “love is all round”. So, if your life is feeling a bit mundane and grey, my encouragement to you is to find the love. You just have to look for it.
You can also show some love for local acts at these music gigs this weekend:
• On Friday, August 29, Gerald Clark will be jamming at Crown Bar, 445 Main Rd, Paarl from 8pm. Entrance is free. For more information, call 021 872 5765.
• Saturday, August 30, will see a mixed music night at the Alive Café, 11 Atlantic Rd, Muizenberg. Expect an eclectic mix of music from jazz, to rock, to folk songs, and more. It starts from 7pm, and for more details, you can call 021 788 9010.
• Then on Sunday, August 31, Radio Raps will be at Die Boer, 6 Chenoweth Street, Durbanville from midday. For more info, call 021 979 1911.