Children are resilient, me too. Circumstances change, I’ll adapt. I loathe mediocrity, dullness and apathy. My mind renews like shedding skin. I’ve wept and become strong. I’ve watched a body disintegrate and witnessed a spirit growing until it refused to be encumbered by its heaviness. We age, embrace it; celebrating my independence and freedom.
Twenty things I do:
- Bird watching and listing, in my garden, friends think I’m an expert!
- I “see” people and listen to them, enriching my life.
- Spike up a boring breakfast with Tipo Tinto and orange juice.
- Cook passionately for every person who eats at my table, especially for those I take for granted. It forces me to be creative.
- Always have an open mind – change revitalises
- Anywhere from home is a “road trip”, include binoculars, camera and picnic basket.
- Street photography in my hometown seeing extraordinary things
- Hair and nails grow, lipstick washes off, change frequently.
- When bad things happen compromise e.g. when I have flu I sleep, a puncture forces us to watch the world go by. Sprain an ankle reason to read. When I’m sad watch a movie.
- Be the example that inspires people
- Belong to clubs, they motivate, encourage and teach, positive criticism makes me skilled.
- Apathy is stagnation, learn new skills and keep up
- Be adventurous, conquer fear.
- Explore “unchartered” waters. Pack a sleeping bag, and hit the road, just make a left turn and then a right, be surprised.
- Writing reviews heightens experiences purposefully.
- Learn from examples e.g. Beethoven was deaf, travellers who excite have been blind, Stephan Hawking reached for the stars, Christopher Voelker a brilliant photographer. A 90 year old recites poetry, is au fait with technology, plays Bridge, wears stilettos and considers breast implants! Michael Strauss drove to Italy on a Vespa! What handicaps me?
- Never say never. Life is short.
- I’ve forgiven myself for mistakes, shortcomings and idiosyncrasies. I’m just human.
- I can’t change anyone or their opinions, that’s their problem.
- God counts my days and nothing I do can change that, how I spend them is my choice.
Our travel bug has taken us to Namaqualand, Kruger, the Karoo, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. We’ve been to India – which I still dream about; Vietnam, which made me doubt the propaganda I was breastfed, I’ve been to Europe and Canada. I loved Thailand, but abhorred the prostitution. In France I say “I’m home”; England soothed my spirit and Portugal inspired passion. In Germany I cried and witnessed man’s inhumanity. In Mexico I made peace with myself. I am African.
- Have passport will travel.
- He who travel’s light travels far
- Never miss an opportunity.
- The bottle is always half full.
- Laughter is the best medicine.
In 2018 we’ll pack our Overlander and travel, for one day or 10 years who knows.