So I visited Maputo last week...Being back home always brings with it a mix of emotions. Mostly joy and a huge sense of gratitude, but also a bit of pain...
You see, people often meet me and think they know me, like "I know your type" because I love handbags, shoes, traveling and the finer things in life, but little do they know what it took and how long it took for me to build this little life called mine. I call it little, because even though I am blessed beyond measure - I still believe that the best is yet to come...
From the sandy streets of a little town called Chamancoulo in Maputo, to Johannesburg and not so long ago - New York and even London on the cards (thank God I came to my senses!), I believe that if you truly believe in yourself and work hard enough, then anything is possible. I wanted to get out of the little town, I always believed I was destined for more. And even though I am still trying to figure out my talent - I grab every opportunity presented to me and make the most of it for now. This part here - looking back on how far I have come gives me the greatest sense of Gratitude. My grandmother would be proud - I am the women she wanted me to be. I hope you too take the time to pat yourself on the back every now and then. No, this is not egotistical but simply appreciating how far God has brought you.
The part that brings me great pain is seeing how I cannot change the world, well - at least not today. And how, some things and even people never change. The world is not a just place. Not everyone gets what they want or deserve in life. But the exceptional few who reach beyond stars may possibly reach tree tops - and hey, that is way better than nothing right?!
So next time you think you know me judging by my dress sense, the car I drive, or the fact that I am a CA - please remember, I come from and still do appreciate my humble beginnings...The best part about my trip to Moz every single time is seeing my fav people (my aunt, her daughters and my grandpa), and of course - the food (especially the seafood)!! But generally - Mozambicans are so humble and friendly, and boy do they know how to have a good time! Being there often reminds me that "this is what living is" - the simple things really : great company, good food (often made from very little that they have), some beers and the lovely sun.
Hope you enjoy the pics I captured.
P.S. Hope every day is Valentine's Day for you.