It’s been a very long walk. The sun is blazing hot. My feet have blisters. I have to keep on walking. I’m not sure if I’m still in enemy territory.
So I’ll keep on walking until I find a human being that I’ll ask, as well as for something to eat or drink.
In the midst of my Hangriness, I am soothed by the blue sky, the birds flying above and impalas that are dotted around. The vegetation is a mixture of drying grass and some green shrubs, of ‘wag-a-bitjies’.
These are aptly named as the thorns on them, keep stopping me from walking fast. I have to keep untangling myself. ‘Wag a bitjie means Wait a bit.’
To get myself out of the Hangry mood, I start singing all songs that I have ever heard in my local village. Songs of upliftment.
As I sing, I find myself picking up pace and energised. I remember the stories that were very funny too, that accompanied these songs, when I first heard them.
Wow! I really don’t feel Hangry right now. I am feeling invigorated and happy. I have all the strength in my body. My legs keep on carrying me.
Oh I embrace you Hangriness
I embrace this road
I embrace the sun blazing hot
I embrace my sweat
I embrace the wag-a-bitjie shrubs
I embrace you Hangriness for you have inspired me
To remember that my mind is so powerful
That I can rise above you
That I can walk like someone who has just had lunch
Oh I embrace you Hangriness for you have just given me strength
That forgives you and myself. For I know that at the right time
All will be well, I just have to get over that hill in a distance
I appreciate you Hangriness for I no longer feel Hangry
For I am embracing my life, in its totality.
The hardships, the struggles, the limitations, the blockages, the fears
The hungers, the anger, the ALL!
Oh I embrace you and thank you Hangriness
For my blistered feet have a life of their own
While they are bleeding as well as blistered
They are inspired too, to keep on walking
For, over there IS freedom.
Hangriness, it’ll all be alright. Let us just keep
Singing and laughing, remembering all funny songs and stories
Hangriness, you are now a shadow of yourself
For in this moment, I have vitality, I am happy and joyful
That you are no longer with me, but enthused and excited that
I’ll soon be there. I can see, not too far now, some villages
Hey, I am sure I’ll find comfort soon, for these villages are
Bound to have someone with a heart of gold, an earth angel.
I am very aware that we each create our own lives in each and
Every moment. If someone asks me why I am in this situation
Right now, I’ll tell them, it is because of curiosity and adventure
And I’ll joyfully sing the folk songs that have given me strength
And tell them that ‘Hangriness’ is my salvation. For, because of it
I choose something different that serves me.
Hangriness was only making me feel sorry for myself at the beginning
and bringing my spirits down on this long journey, and I say:
No! I’ll keep on walking. I’ll keep on imagining
The very best for me. I’ll keep on creating a path that serves
Me at every turn. I’ll never succumb to you Hangriness. Instead
I’ll dance with you and laugh with you, hug and accept you.
Thank you HANGRINESS. Where did you go? I’m sure you are
Happy where you are!
I’m getting closer and closer to the village now,
And I am excited and happy because someone is going to give me something to eat and water to drink.