Panic at the Dop Shop

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There was a rumour floating about that there would be another presidential address this evening. The content of this predicted address, and not the address itself, apparently resulted in “brisk trading” in the local liquor outlets.

The story doing the rounds on social media is that another alcohol ban would be announced and it resulted in a level of panic buying amongst the public. Think toilet paper panic buying, just with a higher octane level than the butt wipes.

There is a moment in life when you have to acknowledge realities. Dashing off to the bottle store to purchase copious amounts of alcohol because you might not be able to get it tomorrow is an example of a reality you need to face up to. A ban on foods, definitely get in there and stock up. A ban on sugar … live with it. A ban on alcohol … if you can’t live with it then you might need to converse with the “man in the mirror”.

The rumour has been debunked and there is no presidential address and no ban on alcohol sales (at this point anyway). We know that the only constant currently is change, so this could indeed be realised at some point in the future as our politicians find reasons to experience the novel by exercisng their grey matter.

It doesn’t happen often, so when it happens it can lead to … interesting results.

Getting back to that mirror, there are moments in life when it helps to reflect, to look at your reflection and see if it looks back. When it looks back, if it can look you in the eye, does it like what it sees? Do you like what you see?

Life is about balance, you’re never going to get it wrong all of the time just as you won’t get it right all of the time. It feels that we get it wrong far more often than we get it right though. In reality, living your life the best you can will mean getting the balance about right, managing more on the positive side of the scale than the negative.

Too often it is easy to overlook the fact that you cannot enjoy life without the bad. How do you appreciate the good if you’ve never had the bad. It would amount to a life of monotony. In the case of doing the right and the wrong thing, you learn by getting it wrong what is right and let your conscience guide you further.

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Author: Morné Condon

Automotive journalist in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, following new models, old cars, car clubs and motorsport. My interests are not restricted to the automotive environment, although this is where I am mostly to be found.

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