Life is a mixture of pain and pleasure.
It is full of joy and laughter, worries and disappointment. In my
life there are several days that still haunt me. The day you met me
is an exception.
I will remember that day. Can you remember the first day we met?
I know you could never forget. I was really excited at the main
hall and you came and asked me "What is your name?" At
that moment I never thought that you would get this close to me.
How did it all happen? You taught me everything. I felt that you
were more than a friend to me. You promised me that you would never
leave me. And you told me that you loved me so much. For two years
you were with me. You shared more joy and sorrow with me than anyone
I do not have unrealistic hopes. I never build castles in the sky.
But I miss you so much. Every single word you spoke is embedded
in my mind. I know that you will never break your promise. Until
now you never lied to me. I know you truly love me and need me.
That's why I agreed to stay with you.
A friend is a person who you can
always rely on to be there for you. Someone who is unique and who
always manages to brighten up your day no matter what you are feeling.
It is true that everybody has friends but what most people fail
to realize is that they lack true friends and also that they themselves
are not true friends. The value of friendship is at times not realized
by many people until they lose a friend. Today the true meaning
of the word 'friend' is lost. Today a friend is just someone you
hang out with so that the world you live in will be more fun. But
no one expects this same person who was there with you to abandon
you the minute you are faced with hardship and trouble.
It will always be the true friend who will always be there for you
and offer a shoulder to cry on, to support you through your bad
times and also who will stand by you no matter what. People don't
realize that to make a true friend it takes a lot of trust and love
among other things.
A month ago I realized certain things that resulted in me being
hurt very badly. I realized that I was one of those people who lacked
a true friend. Because of this I have given up all hope. When my
friend left me in my time of trouble, not only did I lose a friend
but I also felt as if she took away a part of me with her. I still
remember the day when she wasn't there for me. This was the day
she broke the bond of friendship we both shared.
One day a week ago I came across someone. This person saw something
in me that nobody, not even I saw. This person brought back the
light. And once again I saw hope. I will never forget this special
person in my life. I will never forget this person who made me who
I am today.
I only wish that this friend would not abandon me like the one before.
I now understand that true friends are hard to come by and I also
realize that I was also in the wrong before, as I tended to take
my friends for granted. I realize that friendships that are broken
and all the other bad things, which come your way, are blessings
in disguise. I now understand the value of true friendship.
to please ourselves
I sometimes wish I were a man.
No one would be likely to care two hoots as to what I wear, how
I present myself or even how I talk. Women in this country are harassed
whatever they wear. There is no way whatsoever that we as women
can wear what we please and not be the butt of ridicule.
If men's hormone levels hit a high thanks to the way we dress it
is specifically their problem. It should not mean that they have
the liberty to whistle and scream like drunk musicians.
We dress to please ourselves, not others!
A Disgruntled Eve
Everyone seems to be talking about
the political instability experienced during the last couple of
days. With this comes the news that we will face a general election
in the coming months.
Both the Government and the Opposition seem to enjoy threatening
each other. One party would say that if their demands are not met
they would call for an election. What annoys me is the fact that
these so called "patriotic, democratic politicians" are
actually ignoring the needs of the voter and clamouring for power
to fill their pockets.
Any sane person would know that the COL has skyrocketed and it is
a battle for the survival of the fittest. We don't need an election
to re-elect the MPs so that they can fill their stomachs with expensive
food and then flex their muscles in Parliament. A senior minister
went on record saying that they are very confident of winning the
election and this time around they will get more seats in Parliament,
while admitting that an election is not what they need but that
they had no choice. Excuse me, we voters should be given more credit.
It is a shame that these power hungry politicians will go to any
length to gain power at any cost.
For the last few months, we Sri
Lankans have been experiencing a certain sense of freedom after
the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the
Government and the LTTE.
We rarely hear ambulances screeching down Galle Road in the middle
of the night or during the rush hour traffic. Newspapers no longer
splash devastating pictures of a bomb blast. All these are signs
that peace is slowly being restored.
The other day, the vehicle I was travelling in had to stop at a
pedestrian crossing for a good ten minutes. I think all the passengers
were very patient. A long queue of young men, some without legs,
eyes and hands, clad in striped sarongs and shirts were crossing
the road. They were soldiers who were disabled due to the war. I
have always been very sensitive and feel a little guilty whenever
I see a disabled soldier. It's difficult to explain but I feel that
we have never really given them their due. Seeing these young men,
I wondered whether they too experience the so called peace. I feel
that the disabled soldiers have been totally neglected with this
new era of peace. We cannot and have no right to forget them. Just
as millions are spent on rehabilitation work in the north, the needs
of the soldiers should be given top priority. We rarely see donations
being made to either the Army hospital or families of these soldiers.
It's time to make a change. After all we were able to achieve peace
this far not because of our publicity hungry politicians but these