Differing from my other blog posts, this one is less about my travels of the past, and more about my thoughts while living abroad in South Africa. My current time in Johannesburg has been spent in stark contract to the life I was leading in London. While travel is sometimes about the change in scenery and experience, it is also about the change that happens within ourselves as we travel.
On that note…
In an attempt to void my life of TV, internet (this blog was originally written in a notebook, I’m just sayin’ ..) and all that comes with it, I find myself in a state of contemplation. As birds fly overhead, the sun sets and fresh paint still dries on an otherwise white canvas upstairs, I can honestly say I am worlds away from the fast pace of London.
While I know these first few weeks have been tough, and are likely to get tougher, I find stepping out of my comfort zone to be extremely rewarding- not just culturally or work wise, but on a personal level. The cynic, pessimist in me realises that in the end we must face our life and death alone. If as a young, 20-something (yes, I can still say that for a few years yet) I don’t have the strength to live and enjoy my life alone, then what chance do any of us have in the future. (It does help when you have a boyfriend just a continent away thinking of you though..)
I’ve found in this first month or so, that my addiction to electronics has mirrored my addiction to human contact. With this codependency on electronics portraying large similarities to our codependency on others, the lack of either is the quickest, most surefire way to clear your head and clarify what means most in your life. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not bashing our natural codependency on others, I am simply trying to signify the importance in taking time out in your life to clear your mind and find out what is most important- if only to realise the monumental importance of the people who make up the fabric of your life.
Now, if you’ll excuse me…. I have some friends and family to write.