The purpose of life is different for all of us. Some of us find our purpose and others never do. This brings me to the ways in which each day we are solicited for donations to help the world and we should help those who are less fortunate than us. However, there is something much different when one packs up their bag, packs up supplies, and flies to a foreign land to make a difference.
This is something that is very emotional. This is the type of experience that ignites one’ senses. It cuts to your core. You feel it, smell it, touch it, and hear it. You can taste it. This type of travel has become my life purpose.
Many years of my life have been vacationing to obscure places. Combining an exotic experience with helping others provides tremendous pleasure and satisfaction. In my opinion, there is nothing better than to travel this way.
With that said, I woke up one morning, jumped out of bed and decided I was headed for Africa. Specifically, to Kenya. I wanted to see where the lions roar, the buffalo roam, where the hippos honk and the giraffe and the zebra play. I wanted to spend time with kids and families who needed just about everything.
I got a head start on collecting donations and ended up with about 300 lbs of supplies (according to Delta). This included school supplies, over the counter medical supplies and reading glasses. Everyone was so appreciative. These supplies served all generations of the community.
Spending 2 weeks with the Massai Warriors at the Massai Simba Camp is life changing.
It is a place to learn about the ways of life of the Massai. This is a true authentic experience. You can walk with the elephants, dance with the Massai, learn to throw a spear, visit the health center, visit the school, teach a class, and learn how to bead. You are greeted with huge smiles by people who are so happy to meet you. Just as we want to learn about life as a Massai, the Massai wants to know all about us. We touched their hearts and they touched ours. We have made friends for life.
There is nothing more enriching and exciting than learning about cultures that are different than ours and participating in theirs.
The truth is, it is for selfish reason; we are driven to do this. Why? Because helping others makes us feel good. There are so many places to go and so many people to help
After all…the purpose of life is a life of purpose.