Choma’s farewell message 2019
Can you believe we’ve finally made it to the end of 2019? What a challenging and fruitful year it has been! Now we can all unwind and spend time with loved ones. But before we all start our holiday, let’s reflect on the year we had and start planning for 2020.
This year has had its challenges - we had a lot of reports about gender based violence and femicide. We came together in fighting this, and used our voices to speak up against this issue. As we say goodbye to 2019, let’s not forget that we should still raise our voices, we are still #DoneWithSilence.
While you are having fun with friends and family over the holiday, remember that your body is your responsibility so it’s important to make healthy decisions. Practise safe sex to avoid contracting STIs, including HIV and having unwanted pregnancies. Use a condom every time you have sex, even if you know your partner’s status.
Make healthy choices
Choma, having fun does not have to involve getting high or drunk - you can have a good time without getting involved in alcohol or drug abuse. Nothing is more important than a healthy and fulfilled you, so don’t risk that over one night out. Remember that friends who care about you, will not force you into doing anything you are not comfortable with so don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ to drugs and alcohol.
I know you hear this all the time, but drinking and driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do - it’s a big no. Make alternative arrangements to get home after a night out, and do not get into the vehicle of a drunk and/or high driver - it’s a huge risk.
The year ahead
I’m so excited for 2020! I know that there are so many new challenges to overcome and goals for all of us to reach, and I can’t wait to see you shine next year, Choma. If this year has been tough for you, remember that next year is a brand new opportunity to try again and to continue working on your wellbeing. The life that you want is in your hands, your dreams are valid and please know your worth.
Because it’s the end of the year, I will not be available on social media and on the website from December 20th 2019 until January 2nd 2020. So, if you have anything you want to share with me, I will only be able to respond when I come back.
In the meantime, have a safe and restful holiday. Prioritise your mental, physical and sexual health and be alert and cautious wherever you are. See you in 2020!
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