I have been requested by a fellow blogger, in fact someone I feel even to say a friend, to share a post in which I show some photos of my beautiful country South Africa.

Firstly, let me say this: No, there aren’t lions that roam the streets, in fact it is rather a safe place. Yes there are wild animals, but outside the city, hence the word ‘wild’.

There was this one time where a horse crossed the road, but that was a one time thing.

So I guess I could start where I grew up. It was a suburb just outside of Cape Town. I grew up there my whole life basically. From the day I grew up to exactly the day I left I was in one home. Literally the next day my family moved, oh the irony.

I have nothing bad to say about where I grew up. Great community and lovely people, beautiful forests and things to do. There just wasn’t a beach nearby, but I guess I can be content with a 20 minute drive to the beach.

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This is Majik forest. A place that gave so much memories, many walks, bike rides, picnics and one of the places to have quiet time. And it was just a 5 minute walk to get there.

Something I enjoy to this day is hiking. It may have been ingrained in me due to my father and his father going out for a hike on a regular basis. The more daunting it is, the better. I still have a dream to climb Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world, but more daunting than that I want to climb Mount Everest. It sounds like a silly thing to do because of the high danger factor, but that is what fuels my flame. They say if something excites you and scares you at the same time you should probably do it, so that’s what I’m going to do.

Here are some of the photos one can see in the southern tip of Africa. If you ever need a tour-guide/ hiking buddy you know where to look.

Moving into adolescence I came to the lovely town called Jeffrey’s Bay, the place with arguably the best waves. And this is no understatement, you can really look this up.

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I am very fortunate to have seen what I have seen thus far and to what I will see in the future. I have met some incredible people, some which I can call my friends. Just reminiscing over these experiences makes me realise how we can be so focused on what is wrong in this world, why we are treated unfairly. But then I see these beautiful places I have been to, the wonderful untouched nature in which I have placed my feet on. It is truly unique experiences that I have memories of, pictures I can take a look at every once in a while. Who knows what lies ahead? What is the future? It is rather unclear and that is why we need to make the most of our experiences. Sometimes the hardest thing to say is yes but it may change your life.

On another note, I am going to change my username to something a bit different. What I have noticed is that someone has in actual fact the same blogging name as me, just another domain. So if one has any ideas I would like to hear it. Hope these photos make it a bit easier.

Thanks for reading to this point! May it be a great year that lies ahead!

Can’t beat a sunset at the end of a post can you?

A journey to the unknown

I wish I could say this is my first entry to my very first blog: Wanderingwithapurpose. But it’s not. I had a few ideas on how to start my blog and the story I would write that would establish my blog but instead I pulled something out the archives and posted it showing that there is no more time for procrastination and just a time to start. It is the new year so it is a new beginning.

Speaking of the new year, I am entering a new phase of my life, a new season. I am leaving the security of my family and friends behind and embarking on a brand new adventure in a semi-new place with a lot more I don’t know yet I will just figure it out along the way.

With all of the unknowns that lie before me there is one goal, a goal that drives me to get up before the crack of dawn, to put the hours in of obtaining information and knowledge while also using my skills I have acquired over the years to make something of my year.

A lesson I have learned is that one can have all the wisdom and knowledge but if one does not use the knowledge to create, build or reach for something one is wasting their time and their reason for living. Head knowledge is great, but a mediocre brain with the hunger to reach success is someone I would like to meet for they challenge themselves on a daily basis and through their mistakes they learn, making their brain not so mediocre.

If it excites you and scares you at the same time, you should probably do it. I’m going to follow my dream and probably going to make mistakes along the way, but I know, eventually the lessons learnt is going to result in a success much greater than the ones tackling life with caution.

The journey alone is the journey that makes you stronger. Although I am going to do most things on my own I know that I am not. My friends and family are a phone call away and it is important to make new friends, which I will. Friends that will challenge me to stay motivated, energised and hungry for more. Being content with what I have but always in pursuit of more.

Although this is a new year and a new beginning, I am still the same person. I have just climbed to the top of the mountain. I am not going to turn around and go back, but rather go forth, going down to the next mountain, but with the mentality that there is more for me, I just need to be open and ready for it.

I also know that in the darkest times, in the valleys and in the deserts was the time where God truly shone through, revealing to me that I am never alone. I put my trust in Him this year and for all eternity, He has never failed me, even though I have failed Him. This new adventure was directed by Him so I will go forth now, seeking more of His voice. The attentive whisper, knowing that He is in all things, including me. So why should I fear?

There are many unknowns, but through Him, I am going to wander, with a purpose.