32 and content

Yesterday I turned 32. What an amazing time to be alive. There are so many mountains to climb and challenges to overcome. I have a sense of destiny awaiting while feeling thankful that I have opportunities to reach for things greater than where I come from.

I had no party, no event, not too many people over and it felt libarating. Having the option to choose what to do and then choosing a simple day, with loved ones. Those very close to me. This, in the form of conversations, phone calls and messages. I appreciate the day called birthday and I understand why it’s such an important day to almost every one.

I realise that health is something one takes for granted and that it is one of the biggest blessings in our lives. Without it, nothing works. I’m eternally greatful for mine.

I am a beliver and it shapes every part of my life. I’m thankful for every new year that’s added to my life. I’m so thankful for all the good gifts I have recieved and I’m eternally greaful for salvation and a walk that challenges me to grow.

I hope that this is just the beginning, I hope that my story continues further into the happily ever after. I hope that I grow in character, skill and spheres of impact. I hope to spend more days feeling content and less days thinking about what I do not have. I hope focus on who I’m becoming and not what I’m acquiring.

Plant Based

3 Months ago, my wife and I embraced a new way of eating. We’ve tried all kind of diets and eating plans but none have ever worked out for us. We wanted to see results in the way we looked and felt. We mostly wanted to shed some pounds and with that feel more confident in our clothes.

Friends of ours introduced us to a Netflix documentary called What The Health. They suggested we try out a plant-based diet or vegan as most people know it, but these two should not be confused, more on that here. Our friends were meat eaters traditionally, and so, we were seriously shocked that they would consider this an option.

I, for some time, refused to watch the documentary as I was afraid to change my diet. I had tried so many things before and wasn’t in the mood for watching what I eat all the time. With Lauren’s help and constant nudges, we eventually got around to watch it. It is an understatment to say that this put my health on a new trajectory.

From day one, we went all in. Cold turkey. We stopped buying meat and my wife started learning some new recipes. We stopped eating our favorite bacon and eggs breakfast. We stopped eating chicken and especially pork.

Bey Bey Portion Control

After the first few days, I started noticing a difference. I felt lighter. No more did I feel the heaviness that always came after a big meal. Removing meat from my diet meant that I no longer needed to worry about portion control. I could eat until I felt full and then stop.

I felt more energy. I felt positive. This even led to us starting to walk again. The biggest thing I started to see was that the scale was showing some favorable numbers. I was struggling to dip below 100kg’s, but after changing to plant-based I started noticing that my clothes started to feel more comfortable.

I am never going back. After 3 months of doing this and seeing so many positive results, I can say without a doubt, that this is my new way of life. There are rare occasions where I will still eat meat but that is only if it’s lamb.

This is easier said than done and I must admit that, if not for Lauren I would not be on this path today. If you find yourself in a similar place and are struggling in this area, I advise that you watch these 2 documentaries:

#link1 #link2

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You are on time, your own time

New York is 3 hours ahead of California, but that doesn’t make California slow.

Someone graduated at the age of 22, but waited 5 years before securing a good job.

Someone became a CEO at 25, and died at 50. While another became a CEO at 50, and lived to 90 years.

Someone is still single, while someone else got married. Obama retired at 55, & Trump started at 70.

Everyone in this world is on their own time zone.

People around you might seem to he ahead of you, & some might seem to be behind you. But everyone is running their own race, in their own time.

Do not envy them & do not mock them. They are in their time zone, and you are in yours Life is about waiting for the right moment to act.

So, relax. You’re not late. You’re not early. You are very much on time.

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Teaching -cism in silence

As a child, just after apartheid, I don’t remember learning about how white, is “better”, and black “is not”. I don’t remember sitting in a lecture being indoctrinated. I don’t remember anything else, but I do remember the subtle cues around me.

I remember certain people being treated differently and later I learned why, more specifically, I learned who.

Today, in our open and free democratic society, I see a new trend. The word race is slowly replaced by class. Some people are still treated differently. Soon our kids will figure out who and then, sadly, why.