Updated: Sep 2, 2020
"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware"
- Martin Buber.
I can't tell you how true this quote has been throughout my life and perhaps one of the reasons I am so keen to explore my province, my country, my world. All I have to do is say YES to an opportunity, get out the door and then trust the process. The destination I plan is hardly ever the destination I arrive at. This was the case for me just last week. This journey began 11 years ago, and it has hardly even come close to the end.
It is embarrassing to say that it was just 11 years ago when I first heard the traditional South African song Shosholoza. Having grown up in Africa and even having my best friend at the time South African, I couldn't believe how this had passed me by all these years. Here I was in my late 20's in a remote and rural community in Northern Alberta feeling like I had found a part of me I didn't even know I had been missing.
I'll never forget the feeling of hairs raising on the back of my neck. I sat in the audience at the Women in The North Conference and watched a woman sing and dance this inspirational and traditional South African song with a rigour and a passion I was not expecting. I was undeniably mesmerized by her dance, her boldness and her story of struggle and triumph.
After the conference ended, I sent her a simple email applauding her for her edu-taining presentation and offering to be a volunteer to her if she ever needed it for future conferences. I just felt in my core, I was meant to learn from her, to be under her wing, to dance this thing called "Life" together despite the 30 year gap we had in in our ages. I had no idea what the future had in store for us.
Just like that, I had set the universal powers that be into motion by clicking "send". She responded to my email with open arms and we made plans to meet the next time she came from Saskatchewan to Alberta. Monica and I began our own dance together. we began working closely together, speaking at workshops together and encouraging each other on our respective journey of public speaking and research while she completed her Ph.D. Both of us shared a passion for entrepreneurship, and she could relate to the challenge of juggling family life while chasing personal dreams and dealing with clients.
Seen at the Giro Depot on Gabriola Island