Bif Naked on the cover of Faze Magazine!
I remember getting my first new car not that long ago. It was red, sporty and all mine. I took care of her and she took care of me. Life was good. Then, within a few months her engine blew. I was traumatized. It happened on a highway and I still remember thanking God that I was still alive.
Within three years she had been through six, yes, six new engines! So, unfortunately, our relationship had to end. I was too afraid to drive her. I wrote a very nice letter to the company, stated my case and asked for an equivalent replacement—same make, model and mileage: I thought I was quite reasonable. They thought not: and I had to sue to reclaim what it had cost me. I knew I had a case, since the car was obviously defective but the dealership wanted to fight (standard procedure, I think). I started the legal process and within a year was told the case would cost me at least $25,000 to pursue. I didn’t have that kind of money so dropped it.
Part of me regrets that decision but another part is very proud that at least I tried my best to stand up and fight. What I learned from that ordeal has stayed with me ever since: win or lose, you have to fight the fight. Even though I lost that battle, I felt stronger, wiser and better prepared for what lay ahead.
Today, there is no shortage of battles to be fought: human rights, animal rights, AIDS, cancer, starvation, the list goes on. Fortunately, there are people out there willing to pick one and have a go at it [see Bif, Giving Back]. Be one of those people. If you’re not happy with what’s happening in your neighbourhood, school [see Whaddya Think], or even country, do something about it. You have a voice. Use it for something other than complaining about the things you’d like to see changed.
Lorraine is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Faze Magazine
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