Today is a very special day for me. I experienced a freedom I've always dreamed about. I spoke publicly in front of an auditorium filled with people.
From 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. we stood on a line to get our materials for the NGO Forum. I was angry. Very angry. I started to believe I was jinxed. Everything went wrong and then the printer stopped working when it was my turn to get a name tag.
Anyway, we attended the Youth Summit. There were many emotions and ideas expressed. I gave a speech on stage for the first time in my life. I loved the clapping (I think it is addictive). And, I had a good time.
I got really hungry because dinner was late and I ate two chocolate bars. Honesty is the best policy but I'd rather not be honest about that.
After this boring panel there better be gold and lots of chocolate on my plate.
Boulder; has been lifted off my chest since speaking. Carefree; South Africa is so welcoming.
Dying; I'm so hungry. Eating;
eating candy bars is not the same thing as
Freedom; is a beautiful thing. Great; this is a day or renewal.
Hungry; who eats dinner after 8 p.m. Imagine food right now (8:22 p.m.).
K-ome on. Let these people go eat. Lying; they lied. They said we would eat at 7:30.
Mean what you say. No garbage please. Our voices, they are not heard.
Pork; one of the meats I didn't eat today. Questions; I wonder whether our ideas, the ideas of youth, will really be considered.
Responses; everyone had something to say. Speech; I gave one today.
That was funny. 4 people clapped in a room of 700. Understand; I'm trying to understand the eating time. Video camera; I've seen so many.
When will we eat? X-cited; this Youth Summit is bringing out a lot of emotions. Yoyo; people are toying with my stomach.
Zoo; from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. we waited at a disorganized NGO forum registration.
Food, at last: The food was great. I realize that they serve a lot of meat here in South Africa. I am a vegetarian so I am not able to enjoy as much food as I'd like.
I wore my hair in an African wrap. I got my hair done by a crazy person! This crazy person (Michele) helped me come up with an acronym, BLUES: Black Liberated Urban Educated Sister.
I met a lot of people today that were really supportive of me and inspired by my speech. I actually conversed with 12 people (a rare occurrence for me)!