It has been a little over one week since we landed here in Cape Town and it feels like we've been here a month because so much has happened since landing. Initially, I felt like we were on vacation because of the majestic mountains that we woke up to every morning and the amazing weather we get to enjoy. But then venturing into the mountains really put things in to perspective. Being up there made me realize the beauty of the Earth that we live on and just how simple life should be. Spending time alone reflecting on the challenges in life helped me to appreciate the things that I am so blessed with. While watching the sunrise one morning, it all hit me; I was on a huge mountain in South Africa with so much privilege while so many people living in South Africa will never get the chance to see what I'm seeing, and that hurt me. I couldn't wrap my head around the fact that numerous people here do not get what others thrive on. I keep going back to the image of our first day here in the township. While standing in that township, the view we had was of million dollar houses just across the street. It disturbed me so much that the people living in those million dollar houses wake up to the same exact sunrise as the people in the township just across the street and their lives are completely different. Through this trip thus far I have grown to realize the simple things in life and want to take with me what I saw in that township in order to change my way of living. I truly want to live my life more simply in order to remember that others live their lives even simpler than I ever will. I feel as though being here has altered my perspective on life and helped me to not take life and the things I have for granted.
Time Flys when you're Having Fun!
January 10, 2013