Living just over 60 years as a “Baby Boomer’ and being involved in numerous ‘careers’ over 4 of those decades, I find myself as a ‘1 year old’ Tour guide in the beautiful yet challenging country of South Africa. From military pilot, to sales guy, missionary and Co-founder of a Care center for abandoned and HIV/AIDS babies, the journey has certainly been diverse! I don’t believe its ‘by chance’ I am where I am now, but by Divine appointment. Thanks to encouragement from a friend Dave Ramsay and a course we co-facilitated called ‘Gifting uncovered, Purpose defined’ I was led to pursue this new venture!
Now, whilst most my age are either already in or considering retirement, my personal circumstances and a desire to use the energy I still have to live in my passions, motivates me to pursue yet another new career. The following words in the song “A whole new World”, from the movie Aladdin, resound in my heart and capture what I’m experiencing;
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I’m way up here, it’s crystal clear
That now I’m in a whole new world with you
Now I’m in a whole new world with you)
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky
A whole new world
Don’t you dare close your eyes
A hundred thousand things to see
Hold your breath, it gets better
I’m like a shooting star
I’ve come so far
I can’t go back
To where I used to be
A whole new world
Every turn a surprise
With new horizons to pursue
Every moment red letter
I’ll chase them anywhere
There’s time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you.
One year since I qualified as a guide, I have indeed discovered my own “Whole new World”, and what a wonderful adventure it has already been! The added blessing of it all comes down to the final line of the song ‘Let me share this whole new world with you’.
From those who have ventured on the tours with me, to those who have read my posts, each has shared in my #Babyboomerguideadventure. From Magnificent scenery, game and sea creature viewing, township tours, Mountain ascents, wine tasting, Aquaculture, tours, Amazing race adventures, golf tours, boat trips, coffee and tea excursions and so much else in between…all in the space of a year!
I look forward to what is to come in this ‘whole new world’ , with ‘new horizons to pursue’ and also invite you to ‘hold your breath, it gets better’ . Engaging, conversing, exploring and breathing in all there is to appreciate and enjoy….what a journey awaits.
I Invite you in to enjoy the #Babyboomerguideadventure…..I come recommended 🙂