Matt Mbanga’s Living Free Blog Entry 13 (April)
Matt Mbanga, who lives and works in a remote area in Africa, regularly puts Dorset Orthopaedic’s SAFO® through its paces. Matt chooses the SAFO to help him with the symptoms of ‘Drop-Foot‘ and regularly updates us on how he is getting on.
“There are few things as gratifying as inhaling the glory of a setting sun over Lake Kariba – Zimbabwe’s 360km long wildlife, water paradise!”
The golden orb plunging into the depths of the sparkling horizon has a way of untangling life as you witness one of the most breathtaking experiences on the planet.
I have the privilege of renewing my passion for this river-washed veld in all its rugged majesty during an inspiring 4-day adventure. The abundance of this lonely expanse of eternity continues to fill my heart with fullness, and joy, and life! The silent waves lap the bough of my floating safari and waves of renewed hope nourish my soul.
When surrounded by such an untamed expanse something feral is awakened in you – at least it has been in me. I have leapt into the murky waters from the top deck of the houseboat putting faith in my captain’s assurance that the crocodiles we saw basking on the banks would not attempt to attack in open water – they prefer to eat fish or attack small game along the banks!
The element of danger invites me to come fully alive and the frantic splashes of my fellow life-seekers treading water around me unlocks something central to our human existence. We were made for this, or if not this then something like it – something wild and free! No rules, no deadlines, just excitement, freedom, adventure, joy. No timetables, expectations or TV, no Internet, no news channels – real life, you and me, here and now. And the Matusadona mountain range and Big 5 African game as a backdrop!
I am thankful in many ways for the accident that almost cost me my life and has left me maimed for the last 10 years. Thankful obviously not for what I lost, but rather thankful that it freed me from the illusion that life is safe and predictable. It is not. I have no more power over whether I will live or die, on any given day, than I do in determining what animals I will see prowling, or drinking, or being stalked along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River that fills this inland ocean.
You and I may be from the opposite ends of the earth and have nothing in common other than our humanity, but wherever you are, and whatever you do today, choose life – come fully alive! You don’t have to go base jumping or kayak with hippos to live – you know what I’m talking about – maybe its simply walking across the room and telling your partner, or your child, or parent that you love them and promise to say it more often – life is too short not to.
Be courageous, be passionate, be adventurous – live!
If you try to save your life you will lose it (at least the true meaning of it as I have come to experience it), but if you give your life freely (to others and to the adventure of being alive) you will find it – and know the meaning of abundant life.
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