This trip has reminded me of the incredible beauty and wonder of Zimbabwe. It has also re-affirmed the need to starting planning a permanent return to Zimbabwe.
In the past I always imagined that a trip back to Zimbabwe would only make sense once I was financially independent. The move to Zimbabwe would be a retirement of sorts. I am not so sure now. I believe it is part of my purpose to come back and take my message to a wider audience in my own country of birth. I wanted to wait until the elections have been held next year when it is "safe" to come back. Honestly I feel very safe right now in Zimbabwe. I have nothing to fear except fear itself.
I need to start coming back to Zimbabwe more frequently now. It would be too boring to wait until everything is just right, when all the groundwork has been down, when all the main challenges have been overcome. I need to join the numbers and working towards a better country. I see and feel the incredible energy all round me, wherever I go in Zimbabwe.
I don't want to be an outsider anymore. I can't act like an academic or analyst to my own country. I need to be practical and do things with impact and value. I don't need to be a spectator when I can be in the team. What I need is not a good vantage point from the stands but game time ladies and gentlemen. I want to play, I want to score, and I want to dribble. I would love to pass the ball.
I have been acting like a tourist for too long in my own country. How does this work? I talk about developments in Zimbabwe but am not actually part of them. I have tended to view things from a distance. Now I need to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty. The time feels right. What do I need to wait for? Is there going to be a call or alarm that goes off to say "Hey Bruce now is the time for Zimbabwe"? No! The time to complain is gone. I need to accept what I find or do something about it. The time to talk about potential is gone. I need to show that potential in action.
The talkshops are gone and unnecessary for me anymore. Welcome to the workshop. I need to work for this country. I need to work in this country. I need to work through this country. When Zimbabwe comes up in a conversation I must defend this country, I must speak good of this country because I am not just a part of Zimbabwe but Zimbabwe is a part of me. If I speak ill of this country it reflects on me as well. How do I criticise my own home? How do I dump rubbish in my own frontyard and laugh and smile about it?
In the past 10 years in the beautiful land of South Africa I have learnt one or two things across a number of fields. South Africa is such a great country which has exposed me to things I could only have dreamnt of. How do I pass on this knowledge in Zimbabwe? How do I make the most of everything I have learnt right here in the motherland? I have made so many friends and business contacts. How can I use my vast network to benefit my own country and continent? This is a pressing and urgent question.
I don't know how it is going to work out, the move back to Zimbabwe. The distance does seem a bit long to drive regularly but that is not something to worry about. The uncertainty and risk of going about it increases the excitement. The future is not cast in stone ladies and gentlemen, but we build it, we write our own future. We write our own cheques of life. When I moved to South Africa I was very much single. Now I am a family man. Any decision I make has implications for more people than before. I used to see that as a risk in moving back to Zimbabwe, perhaps it's more of an opportunity. My family get to see and experience more than country, experience diverse cultures and societies.
I recently reached out to my LinkedIn and Facebook network in Zimbabwe to meet to catch up or discuss business. I have been overwhelmed by the number of responses and surprised given that I reached out before the holidays. Coming to Zimbabwe once every few years is no longer going to cut it for me. It might take years to make the move back or even months or weeks. I have absolutely no idea but what I do know is that when an idea and inspiration comes to me like this, I begin working on it immediately.
So what has really changed that brought all this about in my life? How did I become a patriot? So passionate about my country and continent. In the past I did not fully appreciate what I had as a Zimbabwean. Initially I did what I could to conceal that I was a Zimbabwe. What a shame! I was lost my friends but now I am found as a Zimbabwean. I constantly compared to what others had. Now I realise that all along I have been sitting on that big mine but was too busy to realise and acknowledge it and actually do something about it.
Noone lives forever. As I have become more keenly aware of the passing of time, I realise the need to build and work on something that my children can not only enjoy and cherish but add to for a better Zimbabwe, for a better Africa.
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