HUMANS, HUMANS. EVERYWHERE
My Humans of South Africa experience started on Instagram.
So it came about that I met up with Sandy from Humans of SA for an interview in late 2014. I arrived willing to exchange conversation about myself and my (very) new blog, but left with a new friendship firmly intact. The Lord often blesses me with amazing friendships at points in my life when I least expect them; this was to be one such occurrence.
Humans of SA in context
Sandy started Humans of SA in June 2014 with a vision to tell the stories of every day people she came into contact with. Sandy lives in Cape Town but features people from around South Africa. Styled along the lines of Humans of New York, Sandy has put her unique style and stamp onto Humans of SA. The blog has been well received with Sandy publishing her 500th post in late April 2015.
Humans of SA has four main sections by which people are featured and their stories told:
Bricks and sticks – a space for photographers, for those who, to quote Sandy, “see the world, through the glass”
Pens and pencils – a page to build the creative soul, a place for artists and animators to share their work. A space for those who break off a piece of their souls and put it on paper.
A thousand words – a page for writers, a passion close to Sandy’s heart.
Attachment theory – the newest edition to Humans of SA, looking at fashion from a new angle and posing the question “how does that which we wear connect us to a person or memory”.
The Human element
In addition to high profile people featured on the blog, the success of Humans of SA lies in the raw, real emotions expressed by everyday people through their unique art forms.
1 – Nikki van Diermen, Antique Shop in Kalk Bay
2 – Sandy L, the Book Lounge Cape Town
The post Raj – Living on the streets of Cape Town paints a stark picture of the unpredictability of life, juxtaposed against the desire of the human spirit to rise above circumstance. Raj shared with Sandy, that following the death of his wife from cancer “I then opened a shop in the location. During the xenophobic time the shop was robbed, everything was looted. The car was burned. I had these injuries so I had to have an operation. They put 48 staples into my arm. I had another operation on my ankle because it split. I have been on the street now for some time. I mean I don’t like my situation, I don’t like living like this.”
An everyday human that so many of us encounter, or may even be. Humans of SA allows me a glimpse into a fellow human’s life and often opens the way for deep, personal introspection or, at the very least, just a good read.
For a deeply touching journey, the post A house of memoirs by Billiam Walsh is an emotional read and a look into family dynamics which plays dangerously close to home. “Passing Frank, with his hand perched at his lower back, I asked him if he was all right. He said that he was fine and would be along in a minute. I would call him a liar if I thought my grandfather cared. He never did like Frank.”
I have always had an appreciation for those who are blessed with the talent of writing, the wordsmiths amongst us. Such talents, so often restricted to volumes of literature, is a refreshing and welcome find on Humans of SA.
3 – Jeandre Marinier, Madiba
4 – William Hindle, Sandton traffic
5 – David J, Loop Street Cape Town
6 – Jo-Anne Knoetze, Turffontein Johannesburg
But the post Craig – Father A Nation struck a chord on a deep, personal level. Talking into the role of men and the current state of affairs that sees us men not stepping up to the plate and honouring our roles in society, Craig’s Father A Nation Project seeks to “restore a man’s sense of being okay and raising the banner of what it means to be a true man.”
Craig continues “We are going into communities and taking men through a healing and restoring process, we are then getting them to do a pledge to be a real man and a real dad. We want to go national with that.”
A project that is actively contributing to the betterment of our society. One man, playing his part and encouraging change amongst his fellow men. Men just like myself.
Humans of SA continues to remind me that we each have a story, often more than one, which are worthy of being told. Take some time, put your notions aside for a while and ponder the myriad humans waiting to engage on this thought-provoking blog. Thomas Browne really hit the nail on the head when he said “we carry within us the wonders we seek without us”.
Fancy a R500 fashion voucher? Follow My Lime Boots on Instagram, then see how many of the three posts I’m featured in on Humans of SA you can find. Comment below with the headings of those posts as well as your thoughts. The person closest will win the voucher. Where more than one person gets it right, your thoughts in the comments section below will determine the voucher winner! This giveaway is only open to South African residents and closes this Friday 15 May 2015. Good luck!