A young boy was rushed from Mossel Bay to George Provincial hospital at the beginning of last week for an emergency operation on his foot. The boy is a participant in a youth empowerment program run by The Surfer Kids NPO, a non-profit organization started by my wife and I in 2010. The boy showed […]
Life put us through a hellish experience earlier this year. My wife, our baby boy and I were all pretty seriously ill. All three at the same time. In hindsight I’m grateful for the experience. Obviously I didn’t feel that way at the time. All I wanted was for it to pass. Thoughts of gratitude […]
Something major happened yesterday. It was a personal father-son milestone. One that I will likely never forget. It has do with trust. My wife still breast-feeds our 19-month old baby boy. So she’s got something I’ll never have when it comes to comforting him: breasts and, more importantly, breast milk. Whenever he’s scared, or just […]
I’ve always rebelled against structure. There’s so much of it. We’ve created endless structures that govern our lives. From our beliefs, social norms, traditions, governments, to fashions, taste and just about everything else. And I’ve always struggled to accept the structures around me. I spent a large part of my young life trying to break […]
My struggle to escape is an unconscious attempt to avoid living in a world that’s been robbed of it’s adventure, magic and fun. And ironically, while we’re looking for a way out, the solution lies within.
I used to believe in coincidence. I used to be a stubborn atheist, confident that all notions of spirituality and divinity were bed time stories created to lull the insecure and help them cope with the inevitable darkness of our world. A drug, to help the weak temporarily escape the cruelty of nature. Today I’m […]
My wife gave birth, at home, to our first child last week and soon afterwards a friend wrote us a congratulatory message that simply read: “Now you will know true love.” It wasn’t the first time I’d been told that. Even years ago, before we started thinking about it, friends who had children would tell […]