Don’t Be Kok, Be Lekker!
Traveling Psychologist Blog
Date: November 23, 2021
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Nat, one of the many friends I met here in Cape Town, taught me a phrase used by the locals… “don’t be kok, be lekker!” To translate for the non-Capetonians, “kok” refers to something bad, not good, displeasing. “Lekker” are those things that are good, preferred, and likable.
I have been in Cape Town now for 2 ½ weeks and have experienced SO many amazing things and met some fantastic people. I believe we all need to experience different cultures and people to not only appreciate what we have and how we live, but to open our minds to new ways of being.
Let’s face it, the United States has become a very polarized country in the last couple of years and to say that I am not proud of how Americans have behaved is an understatement. Does every country have their issues, of course. But as I sit here in Cape Town, I notice young people working behind counters actually doing their job well and not sitting around on their phones; I see people wearing their masks in public and in stores not complaining about it; I see people taking care of each other by offering the homeless their “take away” from the meal they just had at the local restaurant; I witness the people preserving water and electricity by participating in load shedding and being vigilant about their water consumption… I see community and people caring about more than just themselves!
Cape Town offers amazing views and the best wine I have ever tasted, but beyond that it offers me hope for humanity. Hope that we will one day remember that we are all in this together and that the only way we are all going to make it is if we see beyond our skin color, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and religious views. To truly be “lekker” we need to see the human in each other again and treat each and every person as if they are our brother and sister.
How will you be lekker today?