We sat close to each other like they do and smelling the smoke we could only hear the fire. I am back in Africa.
Many times I wonder why there is such a sense of belonging when we see or hear that word. What is it about this word ‘Africa’ and its magnificent outline that makes explorers out of all of us. I wonder how many of us truly know the heart of Africa? Sorry to burst your bubble, but Ponto Do Oura does not count. Africa is so much bigger than what we think.
As we sat around the fire we spoke not only about what you expect from life, but what life expects from you.
Stephen Prestfield said that when something beautiful is trying to come into the world it will face an equal and opposite resistance. This means that the bigger your dream, the harder it will fight back. The greater the challenge you have to face to get where you want to be.
I have been noticing a new form of expression doing the rounds, namely ‘#firstworldproblem’. Some of these are:
My HDTV takes too long to turn on.
The air conditioning at work is too cold during the summer and too hot during the winter.
My clothes shrunk in the wash.
My cleaning lady quit.
Power Cable Too Short.
My bed is too soft.
Not enough dip for my chips.
Keyboard is dirty.
There’s no wifi in the subway.
TV remote is too far.
Left headphone is broken.
Dead pixel on TV.
Coffee is too hot.
You’ll know when you are within these situations that having wifi is the difference between sending a proposal to get paid to do something or not. The money could then be used to take your 4×4 to the Serengeti. And once you are there you are aware of the simplicity of nature and you feel that there is nothing more you need. On your return, however, the circle starts over. And bit by bit we take a little of the heart and sole of Africa and we bring it back home with us.
It’s a good thing though. You invite your neighbor and some family and friends and you tell them about your camping experiences and how great it was to be so close to nature. You feel happy and you like sharing your stories of exploration.
But, what happens when you turn the tap to drink water. It takes you a couple of seconds. Tap. Glass. Water. Easy.
Did any of your adventures leave a lasting effect? Do you take in and enjoy the moment and move on?
Or do you start to see the world through the eyes of a child again. Are you grateful for the small joys in life, even if it means wifi or some more dip for your chips. Look what happens when something as simple as water or the lack thereof gives you a one in five chance to reach the age of five, told by a boy at the age of four.