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Back from South Africa

I’ve been in South Africa, in Kwa-Zulu Natal as my father has been very ill. Life is messy and there will always be events around the corner ready to test your resilience.

Thankfully, my father has pulled through although very weak and temporarily unable to walk. It made me wonder why life is so hard at times.  Why good things happen to those who don’t deserve it and why bad things happen to good people. I guess the answer to that is that life isn’t always fair. I like to be philosophical though and believe in a higher good. Somehow, someway, I like to believe in karma.

When times are tough and there are few answers, it helps to have a strong core – something to comfort you when everything seems strange and scary. For some this is religion, for others a strong inner sense of self belief..whatever it is, I have realised that it is necessary to have something to keep you feeling strong and ‘together’ when all the usual things fall away.

Although I grew up in Johannesburg in South Africa, I know very little about Kwa-Zulu Natal and felt very lost and alone there. There were days when I honestly had no idea as to my next step. I didn’t have solutions and so much of what I was experiencing was completely beyond my control. Not a nice place to be but now that I am back home, I feel that much stronger and resilient. It is only through putting yourself into unfamiliar situations that test you that you understand your strengths and weaknesses and learn what you are capable of.

So, next time you feel completely lost and overwhelmed by life, just remember that you will grow and learn from the experience and that is really is okay to not know the answers…or even know the next step.

Mandy X

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Mandy Kloppers
Author: Mandy Kloppers

Mandy is a qualified therapist who treats depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, and many other types of mental health issues. She provides online therapy around the world for those needing support and also provides relationship counselling.

4 Comments

  1. Sorry to hear about your Father and your loneliness. I worked in KwaZula Natal for a year and have fond memories but can understand the feeling of isolation in a strange area, especially when your emotions are being tested. Happy to hear your Dad pulled through and sending a hug.

    1. Thank you for your kind message Hazel. Interesting to know that you worked there for a year!
      I drove past beautiful beaches each and every day but only managed to put my feet in the sand once for about 5 minutes!
      All the best to you xxx

  2. I’m sorry to hear about your father. I’m glad he’s doing better and wish only for him to continue to do so. It is a lonely place waiting for a loved one to get better, and to be alone in a strange place can make it seem even more so. Remember there are many who think about you often and always have you in their prayers. I hope that comfort reached you and helped you through this time. You, your father, and family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless, sweetie. You are more than deserving of His good grace. xox

    1. Thanks for your message of support Amy. It was a tough time being in an unfamiliar place. Hopefully my dad will improve slightly but he smoked cigarettes for far too many years and he now has emphysema which places a ‘ceiling’ on his improvement. Let’s hope he gets as strong as possible. Thanks again for your lovely message. xoxoxo

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Mandy Kloppers

Mandy is a qualified therapist who treats depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, and many other types of mental health issues. She provides online therapy around the world for those needing support and also provides relationship counselling.

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