So I have been riding my scooter for almost 10 months. I rode out last week just to go sit and watch the waves break on the beach. I realised I had forgotten what it felt like being depended on people for transport or having to use public transport. Same like we have forgotten what it is like not to have a mobile phone. You have to organise so much more. Plan where and when to meet someone. You can’t just inform when you are running late…you just have to be on time. No internet to quickly look up information and why use your head to calculate if your mobile can add it for you, right.
So I have forgotten what it is like to be squashed up in the back of a minibus taxi. Climbing over someone else ‘s groceries and making sure not to break their eggs. Making sure you have change for the Guardtjie ( how on earth do you spell that?) Planning waiting time. Choosing the right train carriage where you can actually sit or late at night thinking about safety in numbers. I take the train to work every now and then just to remind myself of what it is like.
Now I see the sky when I look up at the traffic light. I drag my foot over the tar every now and then just to feel it. Smells enter your lid and seem to hang there for a while…some not so great! But I smell when I pass a coffee shop. I know someone in Saltriver likes bullybeef some mornings. Still have not seen the inside of it but I know where there must be a hairdresser, because I smell the shampoo at e certain spot almost every day. I love the goldfish view I have in the rain. I have learned to play with the wind instead of fighting it. I love the kids that flatten their faces against the windows to see as a strange armoured person passing their car…and then the shy little wave and big smile when you react. I love blocking a stream of cars in traffic that won’t let another car in, that is trying to turn into the road . And then wave as I zoot past and leave them behind. Then there are corners...big smile!
The point? It’s become standard and a daily routine. Now I want bigger, better and faster...But I have forgotten the freedom I now have and the change its has brought to my life. And that is all that I wanted. We always forget the impact that the little steps we make in our lives can have. It can change one’s world. So if your dreams are big and you are seeking something exciting and new, just take one small step and eventually you will get there without even realising it.
I have made another small step...can’t wait to forget about it too!