The Soloist, Contributor
My cousin died two weeks ago. He went to sleep on a Sunday night, but did not wake up the Monday morning. The autopsy results revealed that he had a massive coronary, resulting from blocked arteries. He was only 49. It has hit our entire family really hard, and woken us up to the reality that we do not know what is happening inside our hearts.
We are constantly warned to eat right and exercise, but we usually never stop to take that warning seriously. I plead guilty to that. I hate to exercise, but, for the most part, I eat right. I recently cut back on my sugar and caffeine intake and I am working on eliminating 90 per cent of the carbohydrates in my diet. But exercising has never been my cup of tea.
We did not expect our Lenny to die now; his dad transitioned into his 80s, his mom is still alive, our grandma died at 108 and our uncles and aunt are climbing steadily into their 80s with no signs of departing this life any time soon. Heart attack, like most other serious illnesses, does not have an age limit, so we now realise that we must take our life in charge while there is still time. So, although this was my personal little wake-up call, I am using this medium to tell all my readers to look into your hearts.
What a place full a bangarang like Jamaica land we love! And what a way politicians love mix-up? I am tempted to tell them all to take a hike to Mars and never return. On one hand the Labourites are doing what they do best - self destruct - and on the other, the comrades are doing what they do best - get away with everything wrong that they do. After all, they say this is People's National Party country. From Spaldings Market to awarding contracts to 'fren' and company, our Government can do anything it pleases and all we will do is clog the airwaves for the usual nine-day 'yak-yak-yak' then go about our business untill they do it again.
I must say that where the Laborites are concerned, I am extremely happy for the leadership challenge. The youthful Andrew Holness was supposed to inject some vibrancy, modern thinking and renewed hope into the party and Jamaica. Instead, he called an election too early and since the loss, has become almost comatose and the butt of jokes likening him to a mere child still wet behind the ears.
The challenge from Audley Shaw has unshackled his balls and certainly woken the baby who's now constantly screaming from his crib. I would have preferred if he had the guts to honestly reveal the findings of the commissioned report, held a retreat in a room with mirrored walls with everyone, admitted the party's failings and pledged to fix themselves. Instead, the rumour mill has it that a special team of 'surgeons' is working on a facelift of the real report.
The one thing I know for sure is that that party is so full of loose lips, the truth will get out. Sad thing is, all will go back to normal because all they care about is self. I hope that if those rumours are true, the authors will protest.
I wish we could somehow get rid of all of the present green and orange crop and everyone connected to them and start afresh with leaders who have no resemblance to them whatsoever. I have no hope for good government/governance in Jamaica in mine or my children's lifetimes. They just prey on the weaknesses of the gullible masses. In the meantime, can we all do something significant - if nothing comes out of the Spencer trial, the Azan atrocity or the Paulwell pickle?
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