What Courage Looks Like
Moses’ first live performance
Tomorrow – October 9 – is Independence Day in Uganda. Moses, aka “Mr. Man,” will be performing a song for President Museveni during tomorrow’s celebrations. It’s a dream come true.
Several weeks ago before I arrived back in Uganda, Moses and his wife were diagnosed with HIV. You may remember Moses from an earlier post. We became buddies back in the Spring when I started instructing him in CrossFit (see pic below).
Moses confided his fears to me as soon as I arrived back in early September. It was a blow to me for several reasons. One, Moses is a good man with a good heart. His passion for life is unmissable. I love him because he is an underdog, persistently chasing his dreams of becoming a country music star. And two, because HIV/AIDS has been a social fixture for my generation, yet I’ve never experienced the viciousness of the virus up close and personal before.
After he broke the news to me, I committed to giving Moses hope for the duration of my stay in Uganda. In the end, I am ashamed to admit that it was he who gave me hope. To many, this terrible virus is accepted as a death sentence - dreams smashed and families broken. But Moses hasn’t wallowed in his plight. In the 30 days I have been in Uganda, Moses performed his first live show, recorded and released his debut album under the stage name “Mr Man,” and is now playing in front of the president of Uganda and thousands of others on independence day. What a stud.
Having a tough day? Feeling sorry for yourself? Think of Moses. Moses IS courage. This guy is chasing his dreams while fighting for his life. God Bless him.
I thank God for the people and experiences he has injected into my life.
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