In my home language of IsiZulu we have a saying, that is so profoundly true: “ Ukuhamba kuzala induna” meaning that travelling breeds leaders. This is very true as a leader cannot be someone whose only experience of life is their own, it must be someone open to the experience more of the world as this helps in understanding how others think and what is important to them too. Travelling has certainly moulded and changed me for the better.
How I discovered travelling
As a girl from a small township in the hills of Marianhill, travelling was just a dream that I read about in books for a long time. It was not even something I thought I would have a chance to do in my lifetime, but I focused on the need inside me, and finally in many ways to cam true. Sometimes I am surprised by the fact that some of the places I have seen in the world that were on my travel bucket list someone else paid me to see them. Unbelievable right?
What I have I learned from travelling
Travel has provided many opportunities for education, to acquire wisdom, to learn humility and to enjoy the world in which I live.
- Growing up in the tail end of Apartheid South Africa, I wasn’t exposed to different races, languages and cultures. Travel has thrown that door wide open
- I believe in the inherent goodness of people all over the world. Everywhere I have been 99% of the people have been welcoming, loving, open to discussion, and wanting to live happy fruitful lives and contribute to the world
- I have had more and more an understanding driven home that your circumstances and past, do not pre determine who you become in your future
- That there is nothing superior about one culture, race or language the beauty found in the wonderful array is a complement to our creator
- I have become very tolerant to the beliefs of others even when I don’t share their beliefs, because I have learned to listen and try and understand life from their perspective rather than my inherent biases
- I have become very good at navigating airports, and other travel administrative nightmares
- I have become VERY protective of my right to travel freely
- It has made my faith even stronger, as I see how beautifully the world is made, with each part fitting together just right in order to sustain life on earth in every part of the world.
- I have become more appreciative of personal freedom as I have seen how in some countries people have none.
- I have become even more compassionate towards those who because of economic circumstances, war, crime and anything that threatens their personal freedom and safety and basic human rights, which I enjoy so freely, have had to leave all that is familiar behind and move to South African, to toil for a new life with just the work of their bare hands
- I have gotten to love South African even more as I realise that besides all our challenges it also one of the best places to live in for me and my family
- It has changed my mind set in that I will give my children an opportunity to travel as they get older as I believe this will be good for them
- I have learned to love travelling with my husband and experiencing the world with him. Also realising how the sharing the experience with someone else is so much sweeter
- I have become more determined to use every opportunity I have to see more of the world
Some of the moments of how travelling has changed me
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