Africa: My Second Home
When I read this I got super excited! I initially had a million thoughts run through my mind and then when I actually sat with it the first and only thing that could ring true for this question came to me. Volunteering as a Homeopath in Africa. This is my ideal "day". Ever since I can remember (at one point I was convinced I was from Africa...and really I think in past lives I was) I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Africa. People ask me why and I really cannot explain it. It's captivating for me. The culture, the people, the land and dear god the elephants!
So my ideal day would be waking up in Kenya to the sounds of nothing I have ever heard before. The sun shining in on my tent from a different part of the world, basking me in it's warmth in a totally new way. If coffee was available, I am doing it. I would then gather round with the rest of the volunteers who would be heading out to different locations to treat the sick for free with Homeopathy! One of the exciting ways to treat multiple small villages is to jump on the travelling bus that heads from village to village treating acute cases. I would spend my day taking cases, learning about the lifestyle, dis-ease process (they are different here) and stories of the people of this nation. Not only would this change my view of how important it is to live my life simply but honor and respect all the gifts I have been given back home in Canada. The non-for-profits that run these services tailor to those who are in need the most.
After a half day of treating (in an ideal world it would be a full day) I would take the remaining time I had to go and visit an elephant rescue sanctuary. There are a ton in Africa all over. Honestly, I would break down into tears at the sight of the first one I saw because these animals are my spirit animal. I have a divine connection to them and great respect for their kind. I need an elephant hug so that would have to happen and lord help me if there are baby elephants around. I would end up as muddy as they do during play time.
I would end my day heading back to the camp to clean up, eat and gaze upon the night stars sharing stories with all the amazing new people that have now become an extended part of my family. Before bed I would sit in silence to meditate and I can't even imagine the sights, sounds and smells that would occur just by being still in a new place...a place that has always felt like home.