Yesterday had me glued to the computer screen. What a day! Will the Egyptian people find the way out of chaos into freedom and democracy? Millions are rallying on the streets of Cairo and Alexandria. What about the other millions? Don’t they care? Are they afraid? Maybe they are just cautious, they don’t understand what’s going on. Who does anyway?
The pictures I see stir me. I hope the Egyptian people’s wish may come true: to live in a free and democratic country.
A song by Bon Jovi comes into my mind: “It’s My Life” (2000): „I ain’t gonna be just a face in the crowd. You’re gonna hear my voice when I shout it out loud!” There is this huge crowd in Cairo – but it consists of individuals. Some of them were interviewed, the crowd suddenly had a face, a voice, a story. It’s as if they were saying: „It’s my life, it’s now or never“, this is the moment of truth. If there is no change now, suppression might go on. I want to live now while it’s not too late to change things, I don’t want to be put off until the next election in September.
This is a song for those who have a rough ride in life. “It’s for Tommy and Gina“. He is a dock worker, she works in a diner. They appear in other Bon Jovi songs such as “Living On A Prayer”. They fight and live their dream: “It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not, we got each other and that’s a lot for love, we’ll give it a shot.”
This is a song for fighters. Not for those who have already given up: “This ain’t a song for the broken-hearted, no silent prayer for the faith-departed”. It’s for those who go their own way: “I did it my way”, quoting Frank Sinatra. It’s for those who accept the challenge: „Better stand tall when they’re calling you out“. It’s for those who “don’t’ bend, don’t break…don’t back down”.
It’s for Egypt.
I know – it’s easy to give advice and comment sitting on a comfy sofa. People have been killed on the streets, many have been injured. There is certainly no easy solution in this situation. But what else can I do?
So here’s to you Egypt: my thoughts, my prayers go out to you. It’s YOUR life, it’s now or never!