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Updated 29 April 2020

An open letter to SA under lockdown - for everyone suffering alone

The lockdown has not only taken a devastating toll on our movement, lives and livelihoods but also on our mental wellness. This is captured in a heartbreaking yet inspiring open letter.

The lockdown has not only taken a devastating toll on our movement, lives and livelihoods but also on our mental wellness. This is captured in a heartbreaking yet inspiring open letter.


I remember the day when isolation first began,

Hope and optimism filled my heart - thinking that I would get through this.

I remember eating the first meal alone - thinking of my heroic social sacrifice.

I remember the first sunrise after a night of self-isolation, how the sunrise hit my anxious body.

Yes, I remember...

And I feel your pain,

I feel your pain of isolation filling your heroic heart,

I feel your pain of depression and succumbing to your own thoughts,

I feel your pain of self-doubt, the pain from your broken heart,

I feel your pain of thinking you are not good enough,

I feel your pain of thinking that by doing nothing, you are nothing.

Yes, I feel your pain, your pain...

But it's okay.

It's okay to be in pain,

It's okay to feel isolated,

It's okay to be sad and depressed,

It's okay to have a broken heart,

It's okay to feel that you are not good enough,

It's okay to feel that you are nothing.

It's perfectly okay...

But the reality is -

You are going to be okay,

You are going to turn that isolation into self-realisation,

You are going to turn that pessimism into optimism,

You are going to mend that broken heart and receive the contentment you deserve,

Because

You are not just good enough,

You are over enough,

You are not nothing, 

You are something,

You are everything.

Say it with me: We will be okay!

Mobeen Mohamed is a law student at the University of Cape Town