Written by: Sean Brathwaite
About the author:
Sean Brathwaite works with Canada World Youth – a youth focused organization in Canada. He is delighted to be participating in the two week YCI CSI Innovation project in Tanzania.
“If I could turn back time”…kept playing over and over in my head after my first day in Zanzibar. All I could think about was my early childhood years in Barbados. It felt like only yesterday I left my birth place, instead of nearly forty years ago. Everything seemed the same…the house, the dala dalas, the chickens, the fruit trees, even the lingo -“I’m going to Town,” “Up the road, down the road,” “Going to the shop.” All familiar.
I heard my parents’ voice in my conscience telling me to turn off the lights, don’t waste the water, waste not, want not. It reminded me of a simpler life.
I realized I have a very cushy life Canada, maybe too cushy. I questioned myself about my wants and needs. What do I really want? What do I really need? I do not know. I do not miss television, cable, reliable electricity or hot water. I deal without blinking an eye. My time in Tanzania keeps reminding me that “It’s the simple things in life that counts.”
Hakuna Matata – no worries.