“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Denis Waitley
More than a year ago I saw an email pop up in my inbox: UNICEF’s Kilimanjaro Climb for Kids 2014. I signed up after some thought and prayer, to raise $4000, save $6,500 and travel to Africa to climb the house of God, Kilimanjaro to help fund health services for children in Africa.
1.5 years later, I sit in the relative comfort of a coffee shop, sipping on my soy cappuccino, having not climbed to the top of Kilimanjaro. I didn’t make it to the plane. Heck, I didn’t make the $4000. I did all sorts of crazy things to raise money for UNICEF. I ate snails, wiz fizz dipped in spam and consequently, spammed all my friends with repetitive requests to donate to my cause. But sometimes life doesn’t go as planned. In fact, for me – life never goes as planned.
I didn’t have the money to go, I didn’t have the job to raise the money to go, I didn’t have the fitness to go…most importantly, I didn’t have the spirit to go. I’d lost all cause and reason. Getting a job hadn’t been as easy as I hoped, I went from living with a friend (rent free, bless his soul) and collecting my thoughts, to deeply demotivated and overcommitted. I was living in sub standard housing, more than 1 hour away from the job that I had finally managed to get. A job that I hated. I was stuck in a rut. I finally had to let my dream go. I continued living like this for some time, listening to my family members hand out spoonful after spoonful of advice. It seemed that everyone had a better idea of what I should do with my life than I did. I did not agree.
Then one day I received a message from a friend that went like this:
Them: Ps. It’s redonkulously cheap!!!
Me: That was the most unexpected, but agreeably coolest, question I could have been asked
Them: I know right. Have a think about it. But not to long because it’s in 1 month
I knew that even in my wildest dreams this couldn’t happen – I was broke, and struggling.
And then something amazing happened.
…..to be continued…….