When you get pushed out of your comfort zone you sometimes inevitably force yourself into other people’s comfort zones. This happened when we were walking in the rainforest in Ghana. I was, once again, very much uncomfortable. I’m terrified of snakes and got scared when we were told not to pull the tree branches, because you never know what might fall down on you… In the rainforest we met a family. Mother and father and five children. They lived in mud houses. When we got there the father was repairing the roof on one of the houses and the mother was preparing yams. And along came we. With our cameras and hiking boots we stepped right into their comfort zone, right into their home.
They allowed us to take some photos and the children posed willingly and smiled for the camera, all but one of them. She froze and didn’t move. She was obviously a bit scared and suspicious, but she did not cry or hide. She held her head up high and faced the camera with a serious and brave look on her face.
I’ve been told that I’m brave for moving to South Sudan. I think people are brave when they dare to leave their comfort zone or let other people enter it. Bravery is when you face what is scary and unknown, whether it is a new country or blonde girl with a camera.