A friend recently asked me if I’m ever overwhelmed by the people we know. He even threw a ‘like seriously’ in. Let it be noted that he is a (single) smoking-hot, thoughtful, basketball-playing lawyer of Ugandan nationality, born in Zimbabwe and has lived alone since the age of 9 in 3 different countries. I nodded like a particularly loose bobble-head. “All the time.”
I have known for awhile now that the best thing about me is the people I know. I claim regularly that beauty, brains and humor are by association and that surely you are a reflection of the company that you keep. Therefore, I’m awesome.
The title is a delightful accident; ordinarypeople was already taken. Ubuntu is a classical African philosophy or worldview that translates in isiXhosa loosely to humanity or ‘I am what I am because of who we are.’
According to our very own Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2008:
“Ubuntu – the essence of being human, speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being all by yourself. It speaks about our interconnectedness. When you have this quality you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. “
So there you go, I was right. As usual.
It is time to start telling their stories. Individually each is extraordinary, mostly due to their livability. Collectively, well we’ll just have to see. Selfishly, they chronicle the places I have been and the very best of what I know. If nothing else, I would like to leave that legacy for my daughter. I also hope to improve my story-telling ability through practice.
Since I plan to get way better at this, I will start with the most obviously impressive person, and therefore easiest, I know. I hope you are enraptured by her enough stick around to read some more. If you are, it is likely because you know me. In which case you are ordinary. Also liable to pop up in this space.