It all started with a visit to the stunningly beautiful Fish River Canyon in the southern part of our country. I was transfixed by this beautiful scenery and amazed that something so beautiful could exist and in our very own country. I think from that day onwards I started to appreciate nature that much more. So what inspires me about Namibia you ask? – Definitely the beautiful nature.
Namibia probably has one of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets (well in my opinion in any case) and you can’t help but fall in love with it. It certainly is every photographer’s dream destination.The thing I love the most about sunrises and sunsets is that this morning’s sunrise doesn’t define itself by yesterday’s sunset – it inspires me to leave yesterday’s problems behind and start each day a new. It inspires me to appreciate each new day, because you never know what tomorrow is going to hold. Sunsets are also proof that endings can be beautiful and gives me hope that I might just one day get that fairy tale ending after all.
The high sand dunes that our country is so very well known forgives me hope that I can conquer any problem no matter how big it may be. I once climbed Dune 7 and getting to the top was so rewarding, it reminded me that no matter how big my problems are, that I am strong enough to conquer them and even though it may be hard work, that the reward in the end will be totally worth the struggles to get to the top.
Over the years I have found that nature has an unbelievable capacity to heal the soul and this I experience every time I go to the coast, there’s just something about the waves that seem to give me a sense of clarity and calmness and I can just sit there and let everything go. It’s like my very own free psychology session, with the sea seemingly being my “psychologist”. The following quote so beautifully sums it up: “The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” – Robert Wyland
Nature has acted as my mentor as well in giving me life lessons, the most important lesson being that things change and that nothing is permanent. This I have learned through the seasons that come and go, through the Jacaranda plants that bloom and then fall to seed again, the storms that we once in a while experience, after which the sun comes out again. All of these have inspired me to be patient, to wait it out, as nothing is permanent and has taught me that one day things will change for the better.
The stars shining in the sky inspires me to stay on course and to shine brighter than the rest. It inspires me to be the very best version of myself at all times and teaches me to appreciate and value others, because as the saying goes two stars shine brighter than one.
Namibia is commonly known as the land of endless horizons and it is these very endless horizons that let me know that life is filled with endless possibilities and this inspires me to reach for my dreams, because it lets me know that anything is possible. Then there are the little things in nature such as the animals living harmoniously together that inspire me to appreciate and value relationships with loved ones.
In essence our beautiful Namibian nature has helped me realize that I am just a piece of the puzzle and that life is so much more than just me.