The older I get the quicker Christmas seems to come around. Years also seem to be much faster in retrospect. Michael’s uncle had a good point the other day though; for each new year that goes by it is a smaller proportion of your whole life than any of the previous years. For example, when you’re 2, the previous year is half your life, but when you’re 50, the previous year is only 1/50th of your life.
What does this have to do with anything? Not much, except that the year is now feeling like it is coming to an end swiftly. Next week we’ll be in November and our local Shoprite has had Christmas decorations up for a good month already. Every time we go out and see another sugar cane field being harvested we know that we’re one field closer to home. (Read about our adventure into rural South Africa here and here)
We are really looking forward to having a few extra pleasures again next year, such as a a separate lounge and study, shops close by, reliable water and electricity, a dishwasher, personal garden space (even if it is small) and our own stuff. Being away for a year is a bit of an awkward time when you already have your own stuff. You can’t take it all with you, but you don’t want to waste money buying things that you already have, just to have to get rid of them a year later. It has taught us a lot though and we will definitely appreciate our “stuff” a lot more next year. I am, however, still constantly challenged when I long for our “stuff” back home considering that many people have waaay less than what we have this year.
Countdown: 2 weeks until Cape Town for Michael’s brother’s wedding, 8 weeks until Christmas and home time. Free 2015 calendar download coming soon.