Durban, South Africa
Talks With the Guys
It was great sitting—after walking—with a group of young men, at the amphitheatre, and talking about the things which are important to them. Two of them have aspirations toward being big musicians. I offered a reality check.
“Perhaps less than 1% of musicians make it big, and of those, many of them have a tough life. Perhaps your music is a hobby and not a career. I was basically relaying some messages about practicality and the responsible role of a man in the society.
“What are some of them? Let’s try being good listeners, good executors, good providers and good protectors. Build, maintain and disassemble when needed. Know what it takes to groom yourself for being good dads and good husbands.”
The batch of boys are from the Zulu community. They appreciated talking about such life matters. I gathered that it’s not often that some older guy chats with them about these things. They see me as a coach. After all, I'm directing them in the play.
The play, “The Queen’s Secret,” was performed for the last time this evening. The young men and women in the drama did splendidly. They were lit. Stellar performances. Standing ovations were well deserved each night.
I do feel like I’m walking with these actors in some way in this life. Within a matter of less than a week, we bonded amongst ourselves in a strong family sort of way. We were looking out for each other. South Africa is a lot like that. Thieves galore; friends galore.
May the Source be with you!