So, for full disclosure's sake, I was going to post the Wiz Khalifa's song, but then I listened to it. It is nothing like life in Uganda, and not very appropriate, soooo I guess I will just have the "work hard, play hard, work hard, play hard" part play in my head while I complete this blog post without subjecting the readers to the song.
Anyways, life quickly walks by in Uganda as opposed to the sprint in the United States. Even though daily life is at a slower pace breaks are still needed. Being frustrated and having to hone every last bit of patience is key. Having a ridiculous amount of patience is emotionally and physically draining. In the United States I have been annoyed when I have had to wait for 10 minutes in line. Now, I know real patience of waiting 5 hours, making hundreds of calls, and constantly changing plans due to a lawyer being 20 minutes away, when really he was never planning on coming to the meeting that day.
Helping to start this NGO is thrilling and filled with amazing experiences. The people I meet and spend my time with is well worth it. The fact that life is run a little slower, also helps to form stronger connections that help Acacia Avenue Designs become a part of the community.
That being said, breaks are still necessary. Being able to throw all of my emotional and physical energy into this company is possible, because I have learned that taking care of ones self is important. Some of the skills that are taught to the girls at Acacia are time management and coping skills. Teaching our beneficiaries these skills, along with others we are able to empower them. Empowering women to be strong leaders and strong workers in Uganda is how we are making a sustainable project that will boost Uganda's economy and better the lives of the women that go through our 3 year program.
So, back to working hard and playing hard.
I'm still a ex-pat and am still learning about the country I reside in. I live about 2.5 hours away from the start of the Nile. Going to the Nile is like living in Arizona and making your way to the Grand Canyon. It must be done.
My break from meetings and staring at a computer screen for hours every day was taking a matatu (a minibus) to Jinja to raft down the Nile.
Celebrating the 25th year of a fabulous friend by getting stuck on rocks, inhaling a ridiculous amount of water, flipping multiple times down the 8 rapids, bonding with my housemates, and befriending our raft mates was a much needed break from the stresses of applying to become an international NGO.
Now that i have played hard in the Nile I am 100% ready to work just as hard.
Hope you enjoy the pictures from rafting. [Just click on the actual picture to have it switch through].