After two weeks of “running” around South Africa, Zimbabwe and a very quick step into Zambia, Donna and I have returned in one piece with a raft of wonderful memories and a number of new friends. One of these new friends, a 66 year old American lady called Vicky, has completed over 200 marathons! A blog for another time.
I am very pleased to report that Donna did complete her first and “only” marathon in the required time and then to show how tough she is, backed up for another half marathon in Victoria Falls a week later, just for the experience… and of course another medal and t-shirt.
Travel is truly wonderful.
Not only does it help you broaden your understanding of how people live and survive in other parts of the world, but travel also gives you a deeper appreciation of Australia and how lucky we are to call it home. This trip was no different and just reinforced my belief in this fact.
The opportunities and support which are available to all in this wonderful country are limitless.
I believe on occasions we forget this and can become a little too insular and wallow in our own self-pity. It is very easy to do when your life is not exactly tracking the way you would like it to. I am certainly guilty on occasions of some wallowing in my own self-pity.
When this does happen, I try to imagine how my life would change if I had to live a life similar to the people I have met in a number of third world countries……. no flat whites, no weekends, limited shopping choices, Donna and I sharing our bedroom with my mother and our siblings, and no Wi-Fi. Retirement is an unknown concept.
So it goes without saying that I am glad to be home and looking forward to our next challenge and adventure….retirement is a long way off.11