“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
All of the controversy surrounding The Barking Boutique fiasco has inspired me to confess something. Most of you know that I love animals. You know that Pandora is my best friend, my joy, my life. You probably know that I am involved with various animal welfare organizations in the Grand Rapids area. However, you may not know that I bought Pandora from a pet store. I know… it stings.
I missed the Fourth of July and Shark Week. I had to do something to make up for it, so I decided to check a couple of things off of my FortyxForty List. I went on a two-day tour through Cape Town’s famous Garden Route. The tour was awesome. Not only did I get to bungee jump and shark dive, but I got to meet people from all over the world.
The great US of A. The country of baseball, hot dogs, Shark Week, the Imperial System of Measurement and Donald Trump (unfortunately). America seems to think that we are smarter, and thereby better, than everyone else. I think we have a slight ego problem from that whole “first man to walk on the moon” ordeal.
I have found a deal of humor in the questions I get asked about America and our stereotypes. My favorite so far: “Is it true that Walmart has electric scooters because people are too fat to walk?” I was honest. I said, “yes. That’s why I shop at Target.”
I’ve been in Cape Town for one month. It’s hard to believe I’ve gone this long without Taco Bell. A cheesy bean and rice burrito will be priority one when I get back to the motherland.
The past week has been a complete whirlwind of emotions. But hey, without the rain there’s no rainbow.
When I made this post, over two weeks ago, I never thought it would go viral. I didn’t even know that it would be used on the Rape Crisis social media pages. Now, the post has been shared over 270,000 times, reached over 27 MILLION people, and has resulted in over 8,000 new likes to the RC Cape Town Trust Facebook page. The post gathered attention because of its relevance to the Brock Turner sentencing controversy. However, I didn’t make this graphic specifically in response to the Stanford University rape case. To be honest, I had not even heard about the case when I made it.