Ah, November – the Malcolm in the Middle of months. South Africa is fresh off the 2023 Rugby World Cup victory, while homes and stores alike are deciding when to transition from Halloween to yuletide decorations. Which begs the question: what is November’s claim to fame? Is it the forgotten middle child of the calendar year? I think it’s high time we give November the recognition it deserves.
The Bokke’s victory tour has been completed, so do we still wear our jerseys to work? Can we casually drop our “Best Team in The World” status into conversations? Similarly, with Christmas still a way off, do we hang our wreaths or do we risk them rotting before carollers make it to our doorstep?
I reckon November presents the perfect opportunity to pause, embrace the mundane and find beauty in the ordinary. It’s the month where we can take a collective breath as we gear up for the holiday season. This month is a reminder that sometimes we need a palate cleanser before we tuck into mince pies, pickled fish and gammon.
November may not have the glitz and glamour of other months, but it offers us the opportunity to reflect, recharge, and prepare for the festivities that lie just around the corner. We tend to sprint our way through December – attending a flurry or get togethers – without truly taking the time to take it all in. November gives us a chance to plan our race accordingly.
Embrace November as your personal timeout, a chance to regroup and get ready for the joyful pandemonium that is December. Remember, even Malcolm in the Middle had his moments of glory, and so can November. It’s the month that allows us to rest, regather our strength, and emerge victorious, just like our beloved Springboks.
In the grand calendar of life, every month has its role to play. Let November be your month to recalibrate, and when December arrives, you’ll be ready to make it the grand finale you’ve been waiting for!
What the world was musing over this past week
You’re never too old to skydive
Dorothy Hoffner is proving that you’re only ever as old as you feel. The 104 thrill-seeker recently earned herself a Guiness World Record as being the oldest ever skydiver.
Sharing the joy
A grandmother and the young man she accidentally invited to her Thanksgiving dinner in 2016 are opening up their annual holiday celebration to a new set of strangers. This unlikely pair have been celebrating Thanksgiving together for 7 years. This year, they’re teaming up with AirBnB to host more guests and make even better memories.
Building wells in Africa
YouTube personality, and feel good guy, Mr Beast travelled to Africa to build 100 wells in impoverished communities. Despite some backlash, he stands by the work he’s done.