World Mission 196 is happening
Something I would never have thought would happen is actually happening right now. It almost does not feel real. For the past month I have been spending precious time with my Ouma in South Africa. Things like taking photos, putting up statuses on facebook, doing “exciting” things were unimportant to me. I took in moments. I was present for this time. I want the memories and I wanted to live the real life. Not a fake life. It was December the time when everyone always has something cool to share with the online world. I didn’t, I had conversations to share. Moments to collect but this time is nearly over. In just three more sleeps I will be hopping on a flight and I will be off to Seychelles.
The world mission will begin. It started with I need to get away for awhile and do some travel. It turned into I never want to stop travelling. It then evolved into I will see all 196 nations before I die. But 6 months ago I nearly died. So who knows when that will be. Therefore I will attempt to visit all 196 nations within 500 days. For the past month I will tell people what I am planning to do. At first I get a glance “yeah right”…. but then I explain. I explain that this is a mission for me. Firstly it is to feel alive. Then secondly it is about raising mental health awareness around the world. I want people to ask family, friends or strangers… Are you ok? I want them to not judge to stop and listen. I will stop and listen. If on this mission I stop one person from committing suicide or getting help when they have been suffering from depression then that is enough for me.
New Years Day in the early mornings I had a conversation with someone and they told me that I will come across just one person and that moment I will realise that this is why I packed my earthly belongings in boxes and hopped on one plane to the next. I firmly believe that. Everything still feels so scattered. It is such a huge mission and I know I can’t do this alone. I am not Superman. They don’t exist, but together we can be. Together people will work with me to make this happen. Already I am receiving support from my family. I am making a brand out of WorldMission196 and already my family are helping me with this. With the help of my family thus far it is turning into reality.
If you read this far I want this mission to touch you too. I want you to acknowledge that mental health is very real. That if you are suffering from it to contact me. I will help you the best way I know how. I am not a professional but I will help you get the appropriate help. If you know someone who may be contemplating suicide I want you to ask them straight up if they are. To go with them to get help. It is a long hard road but you can get better. We all can. And we can all live with purpose.