Sometimes life doesn’t allow you to do things on time. This past Friday I was sitting outside of the entrance to the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali. I will say this only once- if you do not believe in evolution, you clearly have not come face to face with a monkey. I urge you to go to a place where you can. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera on me, but just observing these little guys was enough to make me reminisce about my time in Morocco in 2009. Thus, I bring you the Moroccan edition of Fotogenic Phriday.
This was one of my favorite pictures from my short trip to the Northern African country of Morocco. We spent about 6 hours on our camels on this day, forever rendering my ability to walk normally. We rode into the Sahara, near the Algerian border. The afternoon activities included climbing the largest sand dunes I had ever seen in my life, watching the sun set, and sand surfing. A drum circle and traditional Burbur dinner brought us closer to the tribe we were visiting. It was a life changing time for me. A turning point.
Morocco was the first time I saw third world living conditions, extreme poverty and a happiness that pervaded those facts. A true learning experience. This trip would be the jumping point for all my later motivations, to experience life as others, to see their tribulations, and to bring a higher awareness to those who have not yet seen. Being from a Western country, I am uniquely blessed. I was born into a world where food was not scarce, my family is generally healthy, and we have a roof above our heads. The mere fact that I can sit in my home without the threat of danger or starvation puts me in a much different place than the people I met on that fateful trip.
You are surely also in a place of safety in this moment, nobody would ever be reading my website while in imminent danger, but it brings me to my next point. If we can all be a bit more thankful for what we have, we can all help future suffering.
Cheers to another weeks beginning.