Inspired in Mombasa
In 2010 we lived in the US, after four years in Rwanda. It was difficult to be away from our Rwanda crew and to adapt to living in the US. We were clearly designed for East Africa life.
We traveled a ton, spending the majority of our time in LA, San Diego, Nashville and New York. I also spent a month in Cross River State, Nigeria. We lived out of suitcases most of the time.
It was fruitful in terms of business development, learning, growing, enjoying friends and family and getting “centered”. We spent a lot of time determining who we want to be, in our marriage, as individuals and in our business and philanthropic endeavors.
But we missed that deep inspiration and relationship we have with our friends in East Africa. They are a different breed; rugged, lots of life experience, deep, with a true desire to serve humanity above all else. There are few surface discussions. Most are about world events, making the world a better place and other discussions on humanity.
While I was in the states I found it quite difficult to write and get into our work. I was losing touch with the people we serve, with Africa and my soul. But since we’ve been back in Rwanda/Mombasa I’ve had the privilege of meeting people like Philip McAllister and Sebastian Lindstrom that have inspired me once again to be more, do more and expect more. To live life to it’s fullest.
Philip, an Irish chap, just met us and immediately gave up his room for us to stay as long as needed. He’s been in 76 countries and currently fund raises for Camara, a technology based NGO. He’s a magnificent person that inspires me daily. And on top of that, he’s just fun to be around; never short on quality conversation, adventures and good ole Irish wit. He truly loves life and all the beauty it has to offer.
And Sebastian is…totally outrageous and a bit insane; a typical prerequisite for the people I befriend. He and Philippa (an absolute ray of light) are a dynamic duo, whimsically dancing through life, inspiring all those they encounter to follow their dreams and respect the camel.
I love this life. I’m rejuvenated and once again my inspiration is flowing out into the world. I’ve written more in the last week than I did almost all of last year. I am grateful for this journey.
Jared, following your blog and tweets makes me want to go to Africa! I always thought of Africa as a place of poverty, deserts and war. Instead, I read about you spend g a day at the lake, coming home from the beach and all the interesting people you meet. I understand there are troubled parts, but you’ve changed my perspective. I look forward to more of your writings. Thank you.