Simplicity defines me.
Humility and gratitude inspire me.
Nothing conjures up these emotions as do reflections on village life.
Growing up, I recall being envious of friends who vacationed at exotic European and North American cities. Meanwhile, my family would spend summer holidays visiting relatives in various parts of Tanzania. I remember leaving the comfort and convenience of the city to vacation in places with no running water or electricity. Some may call it camping, but to us, it was everyday living.
Today, in my adulthood, I’ve come to truly appreciate the offerings of village life, which is far more dynamic than meets the eye. From the outside, village life appears simple, primitive, and even boring. But search deeper, and you’ll discover a wealth of stories, community, and tradition.
Still, village life is totally different from city living. The days are bright, colorful, and energetic. The nights are long, dark, and ripe for storytelling. What’s amazing is that the tranquility and purity of the village atmosphere allow for deep self-reflection. Limited power and connectivity allow me to effectively disengage from the constant buzz of the city and truly be present in the moment.
So I embrace village life. Are you a village (small town) or city person?
This post is part of the Zero to Hero 30-Day Blog Challenge: Day 1 – Who am I?