Thowback Thursday #2: Appreciating Life

This Thursday I am taking you back to when I was 15/16 years old, so around 2001. On our last proper family holiday my parents and I travelled to the Gambia and it wasn’t your average family holiday.

Giving out sweets, pencils and pens to local children (thats my Dad to the far right)

This family all live in one room, all generations under one roof in the house you can see behind. Although they have nothing compared to our western lifestyle they still invited us in and shared with us their food and hospitality

Helping out at a local school with pens, paper and money for a broken roof

This was one of the best experiences of my life and one of the most important lessons my parents could ever have taught me. To see how others live and survive with so little, really can put your life in perspective. In our lives it’s so easy to moan and stress about every little detail. These people had so little are so happy and smiley all the time, it taught me a huge lesson that it’s the smaller things in life that matter, family, friends and good times. The rest is just a bonus. 

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