Whenever we reach a significant date, may it be a new month, a new season, a new milestone, or a new year, we oftentimes greet it with a fresh start. We put the past aside, set our intentions for this next chapter, and vow to be better versions of ourselves.
In light of this week's events, I felt compelled to share a piece I wrote in 2006 about living abroad in South Africa. Over a decade after the end of the apartheid, I experienced what it was like to live in a country healing from systemic racial, socioeconomic, and political divides. While I'll never truly be able to feel what it was like to be a black South African, what I witness had a profound impact on my perspectives around inequality.