There comes a time in life where we heed a certain call. And we listen mindfully. Why? Out of boredom maybe, or stupidity, naivety, or a weird sense of wanderlust. I followed the bellowing nature’s call of Aotearoa, a place that I have had the pleasure to call home for more than six months now. A long, long time ago, back, when hair was only growing on my head and not luxuriously sprouting all over my body, I was entangled by the first pictures I ever saw of New Zealand – this was way before the Lord of the Rings made its way to the cinemas – and I immediately knew I wanted to visit this magical place. I needed to. Some 20-odd years later, and: here I am. Sometimes it is hard to explain where the final impulse to buy the plane ticket came from. As a matter of fact, I cannot actually recall the thoughts I had in that moment. All I know is that I made it, and that instant on a booking page somewhere in the depths of the www is responsible for a lifetime’s worth of memories burnt into my brain.
People inquire whether I reckon I am throwing my life away, spending a lot of time away from home without any perspective of having a family or a steady income. To those I say: No task I face, no suffering I endure is wasted time. I long for attainments, be it intellectual or physical. I build my character by humbling myself, test my qualities, my faith, my patience, my endurance. This form of education „purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.“ (- Orson F. Whitney)
Good things come to those who wait? In this case, yes, definitely. Endurance is key to this adventure, the biggest of my lifetime. I still am the same person that left Germany. Nevertheless, I believe I have changed. Six months in a different country and on the road made me understand what it takes to be truly human. What it means to be part of mankind. I think I have become more intimate with myself and my surroundings. I talk less and listen more. My way of living has become more personal and meaningful. I move with more intention and curiosity and I embrace nature to her fullest. Further, my soul longs for adventure, exploration, learning and love. In the end, this enlightenment is what this journey was supposed to be about. But now is not the time for contentment. It is time to foster the seed I sowed. There is so much to see and I am on a mission to explore the world.