I have been
pondering for quite some time whether I should write this post!
voicing aloud to my HIV compatriot that I had of late, slowed down on sharing
HIV & AIDS educational and awareness content on my social media sites,
decided to go ahead and write what has been simmering away for a few months.
I had become
somewhat embarrassed by several of my HIV ‘activist’ associates having these
massive ego’s and ‘look at me’ ‘why am I not being applauded for my contribution’
Seeing that we
are all in the same boat and connected via social media, was concerned that I would
be perceived to be that way inclined as well. I certainly hope not!
So, to the
detriment of sharing information and educating on HIV & AIDS, chose to back
off to some extent, and consequently feel I have failed the public.
has always been to share and show, without the rah-rah approach.
By this I mean
to demonstrate, over and above sharing information to consistently create
awareness, that one can, by living a spirited, productive, healthy and activity
filled life, achieve anything you set your mind to.
The plan is to forge ahead now that I have come to terms with the fact that I am NOT them and that there is still a lot to share around HIV & AIDS.
along in the hope that everything will turn out just fine, is not an option.
are faced with challenges, whether physical or emotional, will affect your
mental state and jeopardise your ability to function normally.
your challenges or fears is the only way to make practical choices in order to
change your circumstances. The question is; how do you do that?
everyone has a personality type to cope with challenges on their own so
acquiring the valuable and experienced counselling/guidance is paramount to get
you through tough times.
If you have been through a traumatic event or face issues at work, or even in your personal life, the best way to approach it is head-on and as soon as humanly possible.
above my health issues, many years ago I was on holiday and my then husband had
my 18 month son in a backpack carrier and decided to get a view of a mountain
from a closer viewpoint. He stood up on a low wall overlooking a sheer drop. I
freaked, lost the plot and screeched for him to get off the wall. Prior to that
I had no issue with heights, little realising how that one incident would
affect me for over thirty years.
Once I decided to own and face my fear of heights, I firstly went on a 1,5km Zipline Tour in Ballito, KZN. After a leisurely nature walk to the top of the cliff I was introduced to the “1st in the world” – all new “Parazip” proceeding to slide on a 400m cable from the top of the mountain. That was around 2014.
then decided, in 2018 that zip-lining was for sissies, so on World AIDS Day, I
proceeded to tandem paraglide off Signal Hill. What a blast and I can honestly
say I would do it again.
life, my choices!
Don’t be ashamed of what you’ve been through or what you’re dealing with.
What are your challenges and what are you doing to defeat them?
There are ways to overcome each and every obstacle; you just need the
About Cindy: In 2004, Cindy was diagnosed with HIV & AIDS. By 2008 she was subjected to Cancer (stage 3b) and TB Meningitis. Cindy had two Strokes and Shingles, four times in one year. And a hefty bout of Pneumonia… all that in a space of four years. In March 2018 Cindy had a massive heart attack leading to a double bypass.
It would be very remiss of me if I let this slide, especially after Liezel van der Westhuizen, a speaker colleague, friend, and Mastermind Associate could get so excited on my behalf.
I received an animated phone call saying:
‘Do you know that you are ranked Fourth (4th) on the list of famous motivational speakers in South Africa’?
Needless to say, I hopped straight on to the internet to check it out, lo and behold; there I am on a list of 80 of my peers, who would have thought!
I have no doubt it has a lot to do with the amount of visibility, through marketing, SEO’s and general PR that I have done since going public with my HIV status in 2011. (Diagnosed 2004).
It is however very rewarding to know that your message of HIV awareness is recognised, onwards and upwards.
Thanks again @Liezelv #GiraffeLiezel #Giraffeinthecity, much appreciated for sharing this with me, we as speakers should celebrate each other as candidly as you did as we all have an important messages to share.
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