Hello Bunnies! I’ve totally overshot the 28th of February deadline for our regular coffee date and with good reason: I’ve been gallivanting around the Cape on business as well as taking some time over weekends to explore and try new things. Along with travelling work has been pretty busy – it seems that everyone hit the ground running this year and that all too familiar over-busy feeling has been creeping in. That aside I’m finally sitting down to catch up and process everything that happened in February traditionally dubbed: the month of love.
Valentine’s day this year was a simple affair, given it was on a Saturday I was up early for a run with friends and then got home and spent some chill time with hubby and the pooches. We don’t generally book to go out to a restaurant for Valentines – they are normally so crowded and the food isn’t great so cooking something special and sharing some quiet time together is our love language. I made a pork roast with all the trimmings and we shared a bottle of alcohol free bubbly watching the sunset…. Bliss ❤
The weekend before last I was down at our home in Cape Town and sadly it was the same weekend that a devastating fire swept through two of the nature reserve areas near our home. You can follow all the news by just googling #CapeFire or #MuizenbergFire to see the devastation left behind, the lives affected and the creatures harmed. It’s been a really stressful week for me and I guess that’s another reason I haven’t managed to write until now. Through all the sad stories and the devastation that fire brings it also reminded me of the cleaning affect that something as tragic as a fire has on our lives. Sometimes we need the fire to clean out the dead wood so that the new buds of life get a chance to grow and shine.
These photos were taken in 2012 on one of the mountain ranges called Silvermine whose vegetation was destroyed by the fire. I love going hiking in the mountains around Cape Town, it’s the place I go to where I truly feel at peace with life, even if it’s just for just a little while. If I were to hike today I wouldn’t see these magnificent flowers because they were obliterated by the fire, but fynbos is amazing and it actually needs to burn every 10 years or so for the new seeds to be able to germinate.
I think there is something we can take from the cycle of fynbos renewal… not that we need a great fire in our lives in order to start anew, but rather that we need to see adversity as a gift that helps us grow as humans. If life were perfect all the time we wouldn’t learn how strong we are or ever get the opportunity to learn empathy for others through our own experiences. I really was shook by the fire – more than I thought I would be. It’s actually taken me a whole week to get back into a normal sleep pattern, but I’m grateful that I got to be there to witness it. I was humbled to lend a hand to all of the volunteer firefighters and a warm bed to those whose homes were under threat. I was truly blown away by how the community pulled together to support the efforts of those fighting the fire and through the whole experience I feel privileged to form part of the small community of the southern peninsula. It took the tragedy of fire to bring the community together.
Have you had a similar experience, where out of the ashes you found a new, stronger, happier, calmer, focused person inside yourself out of adversity? Let me know in the comments, we could all use the knowledge learned from those who choose to take the lesson of finding the good where life knocks us sideways.