Away from anything or anyone truly familiar.
It’s been a wild ride these last few weeks….almost month, and perhaps for the first time I am forced/have the opportunity to really sit with myself. By myself. No safety net.
I am always thankful for these moments. So easy to take for granted in the throws of everyday life; amidst the routine and comfort of the known. And while the rush of travel and submerging headfirst into a culture and world other that one’s own provides that compelling hit, these moments do equally so. They resignify the importance of what I believe to be the basis of the human experience…..community. Togetherness. Relationship building.
People need people.
I have been blessed to have been embraced so fully by the CTC family in Maai Mahiu, their fearless leader, and new friends all around. Each day has been like a dream; a seamless microcosm of life as I hoped it to be. Change is brewing, seeds are germinating, bridges are being built. We’ve successfully launched our pilot city composting program, performed initial project assessments (both of the CTC land here in Maai Mahiu and the garden at Maai Mahiu Primary School), started conversations, experimented with farm-to-table recipes, and shaken many hands in the process.
And as I predicted….and been forewarned… 3 months is not enough!
As I sit here in the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) office in Arusha, Tanzania, coming off an epic weekend of big ideas, I can’t help but smile. Slashwanttopinchmyself. Is this real life? Did we really just fortuitously get put up at the house of the AWF president? Did I really just spend the day off-roading with the anti-poaching unit of the AWF as we tracked herds of elephants and experimented with drones? Did we really have the big idea to kill a bottle of White Horse over an evening of conversation at the kitchen table? Ouch. And, yes. Thankfully, yes.
If the next two months are anything like the last, bring it!