It has been a long time since the previous post.
The faithful old KLR did its 111 000 km!
I want to share three thoughts with you. As a solo traveller for most of my life I learnt to appreciate certain values. So, please sit up and listen!
1. Appreciate your loved ones.
“JY is verantwoordelik vir die mooi wat uit my kom. JY het die hele tyd gesit met die sleutel vir my hart. JY het my vlerke gehad, en dit uiteindelik vir my gegee.”
Translated: YOU are bringing out the beauty, which is in me. YOU are the person who kept the key to my heart all the time. YOU had my wings and now, at last, I got it from you.
Be good and kind to him or her today, tomorrow and the rest of your life.
2. Listen to your inner voice.
I have a dear friend Andrea Fourie. She read Kate and felt connected to her in some way. A few weeks ago Andrea sent me a BBM, urging me to go and see a doctor. She just had the urge, her inner voice, to give this warning to me.
I did go. Andrea probably saved my life.
3. Never lose your fighting spirit.
Whether you are riding through a desert alone, an isolated Siberian region or battling with the muddy patches of Makgadigadi or life, always give your best. And if your best was not good enough, accept it with grace.
Two days ago I was diagnosed with a tumor in my heart. I was shaken when I realized that the doctors actually have to open my heart and make it stop beating to cut out the tumor. I felt like paralyzed. And then the strength I got from the stony plains of Northern Kenya, the desert plains of Sudan, and especially my belief in God calmed me down.
Next week Monday the doctors will start on this great and wonderful job to remove the tumor from my heart. I do not doubt, like with the KLR, that also this venture will be successful.
I bless all those miracle workers, the doctors and nursing staff, for the great work that they are doing. I bless Andrea for getting me to a doctor. Most of all I bless YOU my friend for being my friend.