Dear Tourist

Africa is fucken expensive for Africans. Remember that when you bargain with local people who are trying to make an honest buck with honest sweat. Bargaining is fine, but be reasonable. Do you really expect an African to subsidize you?

At the end of a long day, this lady

goes home to this:

The world on your doorstep

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Back in the day, South African people fighting and longing for freedom wondered why the world didn’t care.  Now we know, because now WE don’t care.  Well, we say we do.  Like millions of people expressing their disgust at the lack of humanity shown by people captured unknowingly on a camera secretly filming them while they  shrug off a person posing as poor and homeless.  Yes, we behind the computer have the worst of judgement when dead babies wash up on beaches because the government of who knows where decided to stop rescue efforts.  This from the safe spot behind our computers.  But I ask you, what would you do if someone forced to flee their country in distress pitched up on your doorstep?  We are all guilty.

Happy birthday to me

This is somewhat of a crown birthday, a milestone.  My age finally matches my waistline. Grateful for a good life, good people.  For a healthy body and mind.  Life’s a piece of art in progress.  Lots of pieces put together, never perfect, jagged unmatched edges coming together in the end, with cracks.

The importance of goals

I know that I knew this before in theory, but today it struck me as I looked at my bank account and saw more money than I expected.  Realizing I could support my mum a bit more (something I was feeling worried about) and even pay off my apartment mortgage in the next 5 years.  I just suddenly felt the urge to plan it out so I could see it more clearly and play with the numbers and time frame.

I realize NOW what it means to set a goal.  I feel it in my bones.  A goal is something you actually want to achieve.  Not JUST that, you have to plan out in chunks of time and money steps, what you need to do to get there.  You have to want to and be able to do the things in your plan.  You  HAVE TO tackle those chunks systematically, AND track yourself.  If you do not do this, the chances are you WILL lose focus and get side tracked reacting on impulsive wants and desires.  This is the way I’ve been living really, not altogether irresponsibly, but with no clear direction.

Living without goals that you are actively working on and tracking is  like just walking off in blindly, changing directions hoping that you’ll like wherever you end up.  My dear, you could walk off a cliff, end up in the middle of a desert or a jungle, into a lion’s den, perhaps come across a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Spent energy, spent resources, all watered down in all different directions.  In the end.  Nothing accomplished, at least nothing that you’d considered you actually wanted to do, unless you were one in a million lucky.  We only have so much time, we only have so much resources.  For most of us, our physical resources are limited.  Setting goals without a doubt maximises your potential and resources.

Now I realize that it works this way with everything aspect of life.  Achieving a goals does not involve the supernatural “ask the universe” process of hoping some overambitious dream will magically “manifest”.  Its about planning to accomplish something,  Creating an actual time trackable plan to get there, ACTUALLY working towards it by following the plan, AND tracking yourself along the way.

Today realizing I’ve actually already started working towards my goals in a haphazard way for a good many years.  But getting to them very slowly because of being sidetracked and not really understanding what my main priorities actually are.  So today I’ve put them down in a ms word doccie, with where I currently stand towards reaching them!  I will be tracking them at least monthly

Basically, the 2 goals I’ve written down:

  1. To pay off my mortgage in 3 to 5 years
  2. To buy an additional property within 5 years

Yes its all financial, but I will be applying this to the rest of my life as well!  Gosh, I feel like a newborn baby.

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