What an incredible time it was! When I look outside my window now I see mostly a grey sky, and feel raindrops and the cold air on my skin. In South Africa they would be very happy to get some rain. They are facing severe drought with water restrictions in the whole country. It is hard to imagine from the chair I am sitting in now. One of the many differences between the two countries I feel home.
I feel so grateful for the adventure that I am currently living. Happy healthy design has giving the opportunity to discover a new part of South Africa, and to connect with beautiful people. I’ve learn so much, and I know so much more about what we can do and what we can’t do in South Africa. All the people I met and spoke to really believe in our concept and idea, and say that targeting the female sexuality is something very needed. Of course there were lots of challenges, and there still are. Educational wise, marketing wise, financial wise. But the little moments of success, and the twinkles in the eyes of the ladies I have worked with keep me going.
Back in Holland I feel that it is harder to keep that fire inside burning. Maybe it is because I am not in the context, maybe it is the rain, I don’t know. What I do know is that also here I need my moments of success, or believers. Luckily I do get them. One woman this weekend told me her personal story about that she is not used to celebrate the lucky or beautiful moments or events in her life. Just because in the past people never taught her to do so. I still strongly believe that we need more celebration in life, and more joy. In South Africa I came across the book of Joy, a gift for the world of Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. It is a story about finding joy in everything life is. Not only in joy, but also in sadness. And sometimes I believe that the more people have suffered or have experienced pain in their lives, the more they are able to find joy in this process. It is not for everyone, but if you find the button how to do it, you will experience a fullness of life.
That is one of the biggest gifts of Africa to me. A gift for the Western world if you ask me. To find joy in life, and to celebrate the existence of humanity, just because we are all connected. That a smile can change the world. At least in your context. And they taught me again that a little bit of self-mockery is a good tip to reach this goal. Because through their eyes my habits and patterns are indeed a bit silly. At last I learned that I have a choice. Always. And I choose to make our Personal Period Soap the new ritual to celebrate the first period, or later in life the gift of femininity. And with this soap we also give women that can’t afford proper period education or soap the chance to do the same (and create jobs at the same time). Just because we are worth the celebration!