2014 In Review

I started writing yesterday. But rereading it and sleeping on it, made me realise I had little to say. Apart from the birth of our son, we avoided life in 2014. We didn’t dare much and we didn’t take a lot of risks. We played it safe to be honest. So to spare you the mundane details of our 2014, I thought to rather just note what I did learn in 2014.

On Parenthood:

  • Being pregnant is not a sickness. But it does force one to reconsider one’s eating habits and life as a whole.
  • The hospital services in Namibia is awful – I can say a whole lot more about this topic, but maybe the 1st of January isn’t such a great day to do just that.
  • Parents are born the moment they hold their first born. It happens instantly.
  • Grandparents are born the moment they hold their grand child for the first time. It also happens instantly.
  • People who are not prepared to make changes to their lifestyles, should not become parents.
  • Payama drill can be a blessing. Sometimes it is the only time of day I find time to think.
  • Five o’ clock in the morning is a good time for our boy to wet his clothes (through the most absorbing nappy ever!), make his mother run for cover and make the cat stop dead at the door. It is also a good time to laugh out loud.
  • Packing for an infant is more complicated than packing for my dog.
  • Anti-biotics is a last resort. It is not a quick cure. It destroys more than it heals.
  • My husband is the best father I could wish for my boy.

On tourism:

  • Tourists leave their brains behind when they go on holiday.
  • Local travellers are by far the most difficult clients. They complain about prices even when they know the cost of living!
  • Being a dog friendly lodge is a pain in the butt when it comes to people and their untrained and unsocialised dogs.
  • Tourism requires hair on your teeth, patience and whole lot of coffee (or whatever you need to calm down).

On the SPCA:

  • Working with people is more difficult than working with animals.
  • Most people should not have a pet.
  • People are cruel.

On mothers:

  • Where on earth do mothers find time for themeselves? Let alone time for writing?
  • How do single mothers do it?
  • How do you survive multiples?
  • I’m truelly glad for the age of disposable nappies, bum cream and Panado.
  • Do celebrity moms actually breast feed, change nappies and do payama drill?
  • After 12 weeks of motherhood I can honestly say that I don’t know how a mother survives the death of a child without dying themselves?
  • Every book that you ever wanted to read, read it before you have child!

May your 2015 be one big learning curve, full of adventures and lost of excitement. May you learn from the mundane and never forget to look at the detail in the flower. See the small miracles in life. Notice the poor man on the street and stay in touch with reality. Make a new friend and learn a new skill. Family is important and that pet you have, it still needs as much attention as the first day when you received it. Support the SPCA and help the elderly. Take a photo, read a book. Travel. Make 2015 your year.


Published by Mariette du Toit

Namibian born and raised, I am the owner Mariette du Toit Photography - where I share photos of the beautiful people I capture in my unique Namibian documentary style and Travelling Namibia where I share travelling tips with travellers across the globe through reviews on the lodges and campsites that I visit.

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