I Have a Dream

A lot of people probably don’t know this about me – and those who know probably think I’m joking (because my voice tends to have that natural sarcastic/ironic undertone to it), but my dream consists of living a self-sustainable life in a farm-like setting.

And this is not like me saying that I want to win the Nobel Peace Prize for planting strawberries in Antarctica, which I claimed to be my life goal after learning about the Green Belt Movement and Wangari Maathai. And this is also not like me saying that I want to become Kofi Annana (the female Kofi Annan) once I’ve completed my tertiary education.

My honest dream is to own a piece of land, preferably with a little creek on it so the water mill (and yes, it must be a water mill, no wind mill) can “produce” energy. There has to be a huge garden section, not so much of an animal section. Though I admit, a couple of goats and alpacas, and a donkey would be nice, too. The goats for the dairy factor.

The second part of that dream includes providing a home for a number of people, particularly troubled teens, handicapable people and others who may need some sort of support system.

It does sound so simple: going back to the basics of humanity. But it’s probably not.

Today I was walking through the city and while crossing a bridge a saw a duck trying to swim against the river’s stream. I, “the superior” human being, honestly thought how boring its and the life of most animals must be, to spend all the long looking for food day in and day out, i.e. to find a way to survive for as long as possible. When I looked up again, a shiny silver Mercedes was passing by. And despite, or in spite of, it being a symbol of capitalism, I also realised that we “the superior” human beings are doing the exact same. We live to survive. We work for money to buy food. Some of us buy cars to be able to make money, some buy cars to be able to transport food, and others just have it as a status symbol.

What I’m trying to say is that we often forget to enjoy the simple things in life nowadays, or even worse that we never learnt what those things are and hence we don’t know anymore how to be happy with the basics instead of all the shiny, fancy upgrades and add-ons. Many of us have lost our sense of community, our sense of helping others without expecting something in return, the practice of reciprocity, our taste for nature and all that is natural.

And all the things I was just blabbering about are what attracted me to this projects:

Ouaganet – Helping Hands and Hearts

And I know it has been done in a similar form hundreds of times. And yes, I’m also saying this because I love Oxfam Unwrapped (not so much the World Vision version of it due to the fact that they (used to) offer coffee plantations) – my family still looks at me half shocked/half amused every time they receive a gift certificate for “1.5 goats” or a “latrine”.

But honestly it’s amazing. And if I can’t fulfill my dream for myself just yet I will in the meantime do my best to help someone else fulfill their dream (of a better life).