I’m over the moon. I have family (I do) that emigrated to the UK a while ago and they are on their way back! In hindsight, I have to admit that I might’ve been a bit harsh, maybe even insensitive about their leaving. Can it be so wrong to want everyone to stay right here and be happy? I’ve realised that although my agenda was pure, my thinking might’ve been a bit narrow-minded. And yes, judgemental (ouch!). It’s as far as I’m prepared to go with this, take it or leave it.
It’s never easy to make a move like this and a lot of weighing goes into this decision. South Africans that emigrate should have our support, not our judgement. It doesn’t matter how passionate I am about this country or how much hope I have for a great future, we are all responsible for our own happiness, wherever that may be, geographically.
I am very aware of the fact that I’m not telling you anything new, nothing that would cause you to have a sudden epiphany, but I had a moment of realising that it’s not them VS us. It’s quite liberating to know that I don’t have to break out in a war dance every time someone emigrates. Simunye, baby. We are one.
I do still prefer them staying, though.
Aaaaanyway… (like Katrine would say), I’m so happy that they’re coming back, just in time for a Sunny South African Christmas!
Mzansi fo sho!