I am so proud of myself. I passed all of my exams, practical assessments and presentations and am now officially a qualified nature guide!
And so marks the end of my time at Nature Training in Zululand – It’s been an absolute rollercoaster and I’ve had some of the most incredible times of my life.
It’s wonderful to be surrounded by likeminded people sharing the interest that you’re so passionate about, when time together only enhances your views on all aspects to do with it.
To be able to sit and drink and vibe with super awesome people whilst discussing the mind-blowing workings of nature, whether that be host plants of the citrus swallowtail butterfly or the economical purpose of elephant’s destruction is my favourite thing in the world.
I have learnt something from absolutely every single person that I have met throughout my three months here. About animals, and insects and trees, but also about mentality and attitude and life. I know that for sure this is truly an experience that I will hold in my heart forever, and I am truly saddened to be leaving Zululand, and all the people in it.
I really love philosophical quotes and deep meaningful conversations, but by far the worst thing that I have been told to listen to is the well-known saying that “all good things must come to an end”.
Personally I wonder, why would you say that to someone? Of course there must be an end to everything, but is it really an end?
I don’t think so, I think this is a beginning.
This three months have been merely a wonderful beginning for all of us, a foundation for the rest of our lives. If not to continue in this beautiful industry, then a step forward in life, taking with us everything that we have learnt from each other.
And so I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you to each and every one of the incredible souls that I have met through this experience. Thank you for putting up with my constant giggling, loud laughing, singing, rapping and dancing, my need to pick up every insect crawling on the ground when we’re supposed to be looking at birds in the sky, my compulsory need to film absolutely everything instead of helping the situations that we found ourselves in. And thank you for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself.
I hope that I have also taught you all something valuable, through my loudness and laughs and my ramblings about the meanings of life.
I know in my heart that this isn’t the end, so it’s not goodbye, we’ll see each other soon!
Hambe kahle. (‘go well’ in Zulu)