Birthday Count Up – with pics (2018)

 

Wow this was quite the process and I am glad I did when 40 and not 80. Such a beautiful time thinking back on the memories and people over the years – really amazing and I encourage anyone to do the same…

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A little look back as I always like to do on this day but this time back as far as I can remember.

1978: 0. Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide – being born

Don’t remember that one so much but from all accounts it was pretty traumatic for both myself and mum, almost killing us both at different stages. I have been told I was without oxygen for a long period of time (which probably explains a lot!)

1979: 1. Minlaton, South Australia – crawling about

Again no too many memories of this one… Fairly sure I was just being one and hanging out in Minlaton having just moved there from Mt Pleasant

1980: 2. Minlaton, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia – being 2

Not a big b’day for me but hope someone got cake

1981: 3. Minlaton, South Australia – preschool

Wasn’t a fan of preschool and was a bit of a mummy’s boy or to any of my sisters and brothers

1982: 4. Minlaton, South Australia – kindy

Again still no memories of birthdays just yet but remember being 4 and wanting to be 5 for the whole year

4th birthday and got a shirt from WA from my godfather!

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1983: 5. Minlaton, South Australia – starting school

This one I do remember as I got a new bike (second hand bits and pieces bike dad made from old bikes) and it was bright yellow. Plus it was school time! A backpack with an Aussie flag on the back.

1984: 6. Kadina, northern Yorke Peninsula, South Australia – year 1

Change of town for me and think I scored pretty well on this birthday with a Star Wars backpack and ET blow up chair!

1985: 7. Kadina, South Australia – year 2

This one I remember as I was given a puppy by my sister and it got a bit sick the first night and then vomiting blood the next and died soon after but a nice thought… and my sister was into making me birthday cakes!

1986: 8. Kadina, South Australia – year 3

Classic with my best friend Travis Borlace and very heavily into football paraphernalia and the Woodville Warriors – who my brother played for…

1987: 9. Kadina, South Australia – year 4

I remember this one really clearly as Travis Borlace came back from Adelaide and I had been sent Halloween stuff from my oldest sister in the US the year before and so I had a Halloween themed birthday with Travis and homemade sausage rolls (my favourite food back then!)

 1988: 10. Kadina, South Australia – year 5

I had a party for this one as I was starting to try and impress the girls and got presents from girls for the first time like smelling rubbers (erasers) and trucks from the boys.

On my actual birthday day I remember having meat fritters and getting a slot car set but had to stop early because I was so excited and kept say geez which my mum thought was blasphemy and said if I said it again I would have to stop and in the excitement geez it was good – hence game over!

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Photo: footy awards night, a big deal & trophy!

 

1989: 11. Adelaide, South Australia – year 6

Made the big move to the city and pooled a bunch of friends together for a sleep-over and a football carnival the following day

1990: 12. Port Augusta, South Australia – year 7

First birthday away from home while on a football trip for the week. Was staying with a kangaroo shooter and on the afternoon of my birthday I managed to have a massive football injury where I turned my elbow inside out and break the growth pallet in the middle of the elbow – ouch. But my dad drove the 3 hours to pick me up and then take me back home that night with a broken elbow!

1991: 13. Adelaide, South Australia – high school and year 8

Now at high school and an al- boys catholic college… remembered not wanting to tell anyone it was my birthday for the torrent of punches I would receive for each year…

1992: 14. Adelaide, South Australia – year 9

With my two best friends at the Mongolia Grill – all you can eat. Being 14 and growing I remember eating a lot. First of many great b’day memories with my two best friends Tom and Andrew.

14 yo1993: 15. Adelaide, South Australia – senior school, year 10

Had a sleep over birthday party once again but setting off chlorine bombs and playing strip pool down to our jocks but only boys… seemed to make sense when you are 15

1994: 16. Adelaide, South Australia – year 11

Again another sleep-over just with Tom and Andrew watching toilet humour that they had given me for my birthday – Bottom and Bargearse

 

1995: 17. Adelaide, South Australia – year 12

Family dinner with a couple of brothers, a sister and my beautiful grandmother – I think I had Japanese ramen on the menu

1996: 18. Adelaide, South Australia – working at winery and vineyards

Cool small party with friends just after our high school graduation and just before I took off to Japan for 9 months.

1997: 19. Adelaide, South Australia – Flinders University 1st year

Now back in Australia and at university but not liking being back in my own country. Great birthday however with a family dinner and a few friends

1998: 20. Adelaide, South Australia – uni 2nd year

Still at uni, still hating it and just wanting to fly the nest but again a top birthday with many a drink at a pub with friends

1999: 21. Adelaide, South Australia – uni 3rd year

The big 21st Birthday Party… I think around 70 people at the Sacred Heart Middle School club rooms – bad taste theme and lots of safari suits!

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2000: 22. Mt Gambier, South Australia – uni 4th year and teaching practicum

Away on teaching practicum in the countryside – loving it and a great school day teaching Japanese to 5-year-olds and PE to 12-year-olds

2001: 23. London, England – supply teaching at primary schools

Finally out and about the world! Went to Lord’s cricket ground for the tour and was job hunting as I had newly arrived.

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Photo: leaving Australia that year to take off (forever!!!)

2002: 24. Pusan, South Korea – teaching English

Teaching English and with my Canadian girlfriend at the time who organised a surprise birthday for me at a traditional Korean bar with dong-dong ju (milky rice wine) and pajan (vegetable pancake) with loads of friends from Canada, Australia, Korea and elsewhere…

2003: 25. Nanporo, Hokkaido, Japan – English teacher

On the Japanese English Teacher program and teaching during the day and a wonderful dinner with my neighbours – Mr and Mrs Matsuda in the evening with incredible Japanese food, plus cards and gifts from my parents!

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Photo: Matsuda Sensei and b’day bonanza from Okusan!

26 yo2004: 26. Vancouver, Canada – teaching snowboarding and English to foreign students

What I remember of this birthday was great… out with my friend from Japan, Rich and some buddies and them basically forcing me to drink till I had a station pizza (vomit) sure I was kicking and fighting…

Photo: slight change of food from the year previous and looking like a beer hound with some weight on my face!

 

 

2005: 27. Todos Santos, Guatemala – working at volunteer program for gringos

Where I first started the trend of getting up for sunrise for my birthday. A great day where I took special medication that allowed me to keep my dysentery away for a day, drink alcohol and eat curry made by my mate Loz and shared with some lovely people visiting the town – Amity and Tom.

Photo: sunrise on a hill in the highlands of Guatemala; and b’day curry with Loz and Tom (who I still keep in touch with!)

2006: 28. Maceio, Brazil – teaching for an English tutor program for university students started by a couchsurfer and I, and teaching at public schools

Outside hanging out with my local friends and the family where I was staying – good food, good people and cashasa (the local fire water)!

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Photo: with Sergio and his family where I lived for 3 months in NE Brazil

2007: 29. Tumby Bay, South Australia – teaching my beloved year 3/4 class

Half way through the year of being a ‘real’ teacher and shared it with my wonderful students. Sunrise on the beach in Tumby, day at school and then headed up to Lock (town name) to have dinner and for a conference the following day. The kids tried so hard to make my day special, and it was… also got my bike covered in balloons and streamers!

   

2008: 30. Bonga, Ethiopia – teaching teachers at a teachers college (but mainly learning!)

An incredible day where I ran my first marathon. I came first, second and last – it was only me. Looking back on it I was a bit crazy and a huge challenge but it has certainly toughened my up for anything else in my future and let me understand how people have to be that resilient everyday… My incredible friends and family also raised $5000 to go to the local orphanage – amazing and life changing for so many kids in the community

2009: 31. Adelaide, South Australia – in between riding a bike around New Zealand, teaching in Aboriginal communities and starting with the Global Poverty Project

I did a 31km run from my sister’s house in McLaren Vale to Adelaide and thought this would be something I’d do every year – nup. Lovely birthday back with my family. Was also the start to a boys weekend with dad for the last time…

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2010: 32. Adelaide, South Australia – volunteering and presenting for the Global Poverty Project

A bit of a strange one this birthday as I was on the verge of hemorrhoidectomy, dad being quite sick and had just re-met an amazing woman who would become my longest girlfriend ever (to that point) but was also a great night of food and family at my sister Lulu’s house and vineyard

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2011: 33. Sydney, Australia – working for the Global Poverty Project and becoming a volunteer leader with Australian Volunteers International

I was at my brother’s house and breaking a month of Living Below the Line ($2 a day for all food and drink). Good sunset, custard and company!

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Photo: best custard ever!!!?

    

2012: 34. Quebec City and Montreal, Canada – leading The End of Polio campaign in Canada

A remarkable day of fortune, thunderstorms and smiles. A very early sunrise in Quebec City, 4.15am wake up!

Amazing thunderstorm and then torrential downpour so enjoyed my homemade custard in a bus shelter hiding from the rain. Then managed to stumble into a Rotary Club presentation and speaking on polio eradication!

Great place I am staying with a friend of a friend who cooked me an amazing salmon dinner, with Quebec beer, a walk around the area banging pots and pans (8pm protesting against the government for 75% increase in fees for students) and chocolate cake! Si bon!

    

2013: 35. Willunga, South Australia – home owner, biological provider and about to embark on the Stop the Transmission Of Polio program in Africa for 6 months

Started day with a run up Willunga Hill, a blog under a big beautiful gumtree – https://lunny06.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/34-to-35/ dinner at my sister’s place with wonderful vege and fish curries!

    

2014: 36. Aldinga, South Australia – tiny house number 2 and Teaspoons of Change

Highlight was the sunset with a Coopers Sparkling Ale over a typically beautiful evening in Willunga in the fulltime effort to build the second Happy, simply community house project! Hung out with my mum and enjoyed her cooking and company for dinner. I also made solemn resolutions to go for a 1000km walk in Japan to kick start a new idea called Teaspoons of Change. Wrote my blogin the evening with my Coopers beer: https://lunny06.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/privileged-and-passionate-in-my-35th-year/

 

2015: 37. Juba, South Sudan – beaten up by soldiers but still I love with humanity

Rooftop post sunrise on the UNICEF building with my rolex (chapatti with fried egg in it). Couldn’t get up before sunrise as the curfew they have of daylight hours only in South Sudan (for UN workers) and also around sunrise just a few days before I was walking near the president’s palace (unknowingly) and got beaten by some South Sudanese soldiers. This day was much calmer as I enjoyed my rolex, worked on communications for a polio-free South Sudan and felt gratitude towards a world that has let me interact with it in such a wonderful way… https://lunny06.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/nothing-special-but-always-special-37th-year-ahead/

2016: 38. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Teaspoons of Change presentation to 100’s, Flaming Lamborghinis and a very special woman…

This was an action-packed day in KL. At midnight in the first minutes of being 38 I was drinking Flaming Lamborghinis in a swish bar in Kuala Lumpur hip hop dancing and having present to hundreds of young global citizen enthusiasts in the day light hours previous. The day after this midnight start was also wonderful, not much movement out of the hotel room but every minute special and spent with a woman I was falling madly in love with…

   

2017: 39. Tokyo, Japan – Rotary Peace Fellow learning about peace and itching for the world

The sunrise in summer in Japan is early – 4.23am to be exact where I was in Mitaka, Tokyo. I didn’t get up for the sunrise but soon after at 5,30. I looked over the small Chofu airport had a can of pokari sweat and wrote about a challenging and rewarding 38th year of life – https://lunny06.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/38-a-year-like-no-other-but-what-year-ever-is-in-my-life It was written with one month of study to complete and then field work and research for the coming year. The day was a busy one with assignments and lectures but a wonderful one as my Serafina had complied a video of b’day messages from around the world…

 

2018: 40. Jakarta, Indonesia – JUMP! Foundation program but national holiday – sunny day for a walk + being dehydrated, sunburnt & exhausted

There were a number of plans in my head for this birthday, especially a marathon since that is what I did for my 30th b’day but the equator, running and a lack of training meant no marathon for me but the least I could do is a 40km walk and so I did! Sunrise next to cess-pool, otherwise known as a lake in Jakarta and watched a wonderful video Serafina prepared for me of the biggest hobo https://www.facebook.com/100008024268256/videos/2118051821805606/; then walk along busy highway for too long to get a series of annoying bus trips that are slow and wait to pick up people all the time to the city of Bogor. Hope to hike up a volcano so set out towards one and by the time I got to the base of it I had been hiking and sweating for too many hours and too buggered to go further up. It was a lovely day of urban hiking and lunch was in some bushes hidden from people as it was Ramadan. Eventually I made it back to Countrywood the overly luxurious accommodation where I took a swim in the pool and assessed my prodigious sunburn. Dehydrated, sunburnt, hungry and exhausted Rick I went for a dinner of noodles and tea-tarik (sweet milky tea). A quick chat with Fina and a very welcome bed to read b’day messages and fitful sleep of being exhausted – just the way I like it (except for the sunburn).

And a blog on how grateful I am to be 40… https://lunny06.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/40-years-a-whole-bunch-to-be-grateful-of

 

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40 Years – A Whole Bunch To Be Grateful Of

The idea that most popped into my head on my 40th b’day (while walking 40km in Indonesia and getting my arse sunburnt off – not literally my arse but certainly my face, neck and arms) was GRATITUDE (in capitals since I’m allowed to do that because I’m not in Uni anymore!).

 

 

Sorry, Gratitude…

My points of gratitude:

  • Health – being able to walk 40km at the age of 40 – just because I have good health to do so and somehow survived accidents, fatal health issues and good fortune that not everyone gets to make it to 40.
  • Travel / Privilege – I was in Indonesia for my 40th birthday just one of the more than 90 countries I’ve been privileged to visit in my life to date. That privilege is called luck and birth but I’m grateful for it.
  • Love – surrounded in it from my partner, Serafina, my family, soooo many colleagues, friends, acquaintances, students, audiences and almost everyone I come in contact with around the mission I’ve made for myself.
  • Purpose – how lucky to have found a purpose and consolidated it by now at 40. I love waking up every morning to pinch my skin and do exactly what I love to do each day: participate and learn from the world and do my best to have a positive influence on it for access and opportunity for everyone, everywhere.
  • Freedom – I absolutely have total freedom to do as I please, where I please and how I please (within some laws and rules of respect with Serafina and needing to make a little money every so often). I lacked some of that freedom while doing my Master’s so it is sweeter than before and Serafina and I have made a plan where I can travel but be back in Adelaide at least every 6 weeks – isn’t see ridiculously wonderful!
  • Participation – I’ve been playing a certain type of game – global citizenship / social justice / active citizenship – long enough now that I can really carve out a space for myself to be requested by schools and opportunities and engage in certain circles of influence and participation.
  • Life – I’ve been handed one of the best deals you can get in life in terms of privilege and I’m endlessly grateful that I get to live the way I like to live, that is nuts in a world where very few people have the same opportunity to do so.

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As for my 30’s and in the past 10 years a lot has changed – I don’t feel like I should be something or doing something others expect of me, I live from my heart not my head. I’m comfortable in who I am and what I do, despite mostly a lack of mainstream acceptance. I’ve gradually been getting recognition for pretty much the same things I was doing in my 20s but now that it has been for 18 years and the numbers are bigger the recognition is stronger (note that I don’t think I deserve the recognition, but it is a bonus to have).

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With that kind of lead up to my 40s I’m really not sure what this decade will provide and circumstance will have a say in that but I could not be in a better more exciting position if I tried – I’ve just completed a Master’s in Peace Studies where I’m no longer accountable to anyone else, I have a dynamic and invigorating relationship with Serafina and a constantly growing one with her son, Noa and I have ultimate choice in what I do next knowing that the harder I throw myself at the world the more it tends to catch me.

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In January thanks to Serafina and the work and support of others, my concept of Teaspoons of Change become a company. I’m not sure where it will go and what it will exactly do but lastly, I’m grateful to have something in the world that represents who I am, what I believe in and that can be used to contextualise and contribute small but significant ideas and actions that have a positive impact on people and the planet.

I have a lot to be grateful of on my 40th birthday and I know that gratitude will continue to extend into the future…

I’ve also just done a revamp of a count up of my birthdays each year which are often in different countries and usually include a sunrise. If you are interested check it out here: https://lunny06.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/birthday-count-up-with-pics-2018

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Walking & Riding for Teaspoons of Change & the Global Goals in 2018

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It’s been a while to get on this blog but nice to be back here.

I’m off again ready for another trip! My last proper trip was back in 2014 when I walked 1000km and cycled 1500km in Japan to think about and launch the concept of Teaspoons of Change.

This next trip is going to be very special as I will be sharing with my co-pilot in life and organisation of Teaspoons of Change, Serafina! We won’t be technically living on $2 a day for this trip but we don’t live on much more than that anyway living in our Happy-simply 30m² apartment in Adelaide 🙂

This trip is 1000km, 17 Global Goals, 2 people, 0 emissions and LOTS of Teaspoons of Change!

I will be walking, Serafina riding, and going from Adelaide to Mt Gambier and back again in South Australia in September…

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Teaspoons of peace that will last a lifetime

Blog put up on the Rotary Voices website on my recent experiences for my Applied Field Experience around the world looking at Teaspoons of Peace – https://www.facebook.com/teaspoonsofpeace

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With peace makers from around the world at the International Institute on Peace Education conference in Innsbruck, Austria

By d’Arcy Lunn, 2016-18 Rotary Peace Fellow, International Christian University, Tokyo

Take visiting 15 countries over five months, then add in any number of training events, an internship, research, attending conferences and events, and meeting two Nobel Peace Laureates, and you get an amazing formula for gaining skills in peace building. The final and most important result of this equation, though, will be what I eventually do with it all. I have some ideas about that.

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2018 New Year’s Constitutions!

New Year’s Resolutions and Message – 2018

Hi People of purpose for planet and global society!

A happy Christmas and a very merry New Year from Adelaide, Australia where I will be till the end of March (the longest time in 17 years since I left after university!) 😉

2017 was a mixed bag of all the best things in life and a few simple but persistent challenges (formalised education in a Japanese university being that elephant in the room).

Serafina and I go from strength to strength learning more, sharing, growing and content in the continuous energy and effort to make a relationship be a nourishing and beautiful thing (hopefully less from different corners of the world in the coming year).

I love touching base with all of you to share some thoughts from last year, looking towards next year and filled with stupid, specific and exciting new year constitutions for 2018!

But the biggest point is as always to say a huge thank you to all as I continue to live on the hospitality, generosity and kindness of others and the world…

The world continues to be a wonderful place and I feel very lucky to interact with it in the way I’m allowed to do so each set of 365 🙂

Some dot point to sum up 2017…

  • 6 months in Japan completing the course work for my Master’s in Peace Studies – it was mostly uninspiring, lacking context and relevance and now up to me to turn it into some thing practical and impacting in the world
  • However, I was given the opportunity to go on a 5-month experiential learning / research trip to interact with peace-makers and communities dedicated to peace and that was an absolutely thrilling and a high quality learning experience that will stay with me forever… The trip included research in North America and Western Europe, some peace conferences, an internship with Search for Common Ground in Liberia, West Africa including being an election observer and some wonderful engagement with the International Community School in Amman, Jordan supporting Polio Points and testing a new model for Teaspoons of Change
  • I was also fortunate to give 167 Teaspoons of Change presentations and workshops to 12,383 people in the calendar year across Asia, North America, Africa and Europe

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See below for my scorecard of 2017 New Year Evolutions and some weird and wonderful New Year Constitutions for 2018!

2018 is a very exciting year ahead as Serafina and I drive Teaspoons of Change to become an organisation that will align business, education and personal development with the Global Goals practically and personally through Teaspoons of Change! http://teaspoonsofchange.org I also better finish off my masters in Japan and may squeeze in a 1000km walk somewhere and possibly a marathon for my 40th B’day in May…?

Big hugs and best well wishes to you all for a healthy, happy, purposeful 2018!

Many Thanks, d’Arcy.

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New Year’s Constitutions – 2018 and review of 2017!

For 2018…

  • Try to catch at least 10 leaves falling off a tree throughout the year
  • Give people low-5’s instead of hi-5’s – keep it old skool Bronx 80’s style
  • My favourite colour for 2018 will be black! Not a favourite but will learn to like it
  • A sheep-shaped cloud – carried on from 2017 as no luck so far!
  • Try and do 2-min meditations with Noa on Sunday mornings
  • Try to live with the least amount of hate, ever? (most amount of love…!)
  • Memorise all the countries starting with T (12 – including Tibet)
  • 10 push ups a day, see if I can find a chin-up spot for a few times a week!
  • Continue to not buy a single bottle of plastic bottled water – 6th year in a row
  • Meet someone from Turkmenistan
  • Write postcards to family and friend’s kids for birthdays!!!
  • Buy Nothing New Month once again in October

Kick off Teaspoons of Change as an org and set it up as a beautiful bonsai business!

The resolution results from 2017…

Go outside within 15 minutes of waking up each morning Mostly but tough in winter but enjoyed it!
Find a sheep-shaped cloud Nup, continued!
Appreciate my shadow more and those of others Not much, didn’t really get into it but Serafina does
10 push ups a day (I continue to like this, not that results show!) Loving my push-up bars!
Friday Funday dance off with Serafina and Noa A few times, difficult being in different time zones
Continue to not buy a single bottle of plastic bottled water All good 5th year in a row!
Listen to at least one song every two days Mostly, loved new music!
Memorise all the countries starting with Q (1), R (3) and S (22) S was a killer but got most
My favourite colour for 2017 – dirty gold! Not the best but good experience to appreciate it
Meet someone from Niger – carried over from 2016 Done! Lovely bloke
Write postcards to family and friend’s kids for birthdays Loved it and will do again this year!
Buy Nothing New Month once again in October Forgot and did in November – love it!

I also run a WhatsApp group called living geography with pics from around the world as I travel so send me a request if you are keen to join: +61 428 416 765

2018 by possible date and place *note all written in pencil and subject to (frequent) change:

Date Place What!
Jan – Mar Adelaide, Australia Writing final thesis for Masters and setting up Teaspoons of Change
Apr / May Tokyo, Japan Graduating for Master’s in Peace Studies
29 May Japan Marathon for my 40th B’day
June ??? See where Teaspoons of Change & legs are at
Jul – Dec ??? Dedicated to Teaspoons of Change somewhere with Serafina and building a movement!!!

See where the crystal ball really sends me!!!

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‘Hey White Man!’ – how I can empathise a little more with women…

‘Hey White Man!’ is something I hear a lot as I walk the streets of Liberia. I’m not unfamiliar with these kinds of calls from living a year in Ethiopia to the calls of ‘Ferenji!’, or Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania ‘Muzungu!’ or in South Sudan ‘Kawaja!’ and I know there are many other versions of ‘foreigner’ in many other countries.

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Call outs are not limited to when I look like a pregnant turtle and are not exclusive to Africa…

For the first few weeks after arriving in these situations I’m fine with it and often a call out is given with a cheeky smile, but it soon turns into frustration and annoyance for me and I largely ignore it and the people yelling out at me.

I know where this calling out comes from, they are excited to see a foreigner and it is fun and a laugh for them to call out ‘Hey White Man!’, but it is not just that one kid, teenage boy or immature man that says it, it is each one of them in the span of kilometres of walking, as I love to do everyday.

I don’t want to be given attention for the colour of my skin or for simply being different to everyone else on the street. I just want to walk down the street.

Don’t worry folks this isn’t a poor white man story! It is a small reality and one I have to choose to live with when I come to these countries and decide to walk the streets.

What it has taught me, and many times before, is what it might be like for women in any country (except maybe a few?) to walk down the street where males jeer, call out, whistle, make sounds or objectify them in some way.

For me the calling out is temporary when I choose to be in certain parts of the world and decide to walk the streets, but women can’t easily choose to not be a woman and have to live with this their entire lives.

Fellas, enough eh… Surely we can be respectful, mature and honour our women of the world without calling out and do it in a more meaningful, respectful and considerate way or in the least keep it to yourself.

Ladies, on behalf of the males who feel they need to call out, I’m sorry. I have a little window into what it must be like to receive this usually unwanted and certainly unneeded attention in this way!

Lastly it is usually so easy to know when someone is going to call out and the kind of men and boys who will do it. It is almost always when there are groups of around 4 or more males and the big mouth of the group will always something, often just after passing them like a scared dog does and rarely in the moment where there might be eye contact. It is rarely an older man (maybe because he has learnt how stupid it is) and very rarely is it a female because I’m sure in general they have more respect than that.

I’m not going to be stopping any or many of ‘Hey White Man’ calls here in Liberia with this blog but I do hope it is seen as an attempt to feel some of the frustration of women and men they have to put up with who don’t know how to behave with respect. This is why there is a campaign of #metoo and Global Goal #5 for every country to work towards gender equality.

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This should not be seen as a place of possible harassment, but for women, it is.

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The True Superheroes of the World are Their Guardians

Think about Superman, Batman and maybe others (that is about my knowledge of superheroes) and how they were raised and how they got their values, behaviours and attitudes for doing good in the world.

Admittedly some of it comes from an unfortunate incident in their childhood and them wanting to seek revenge, but Superman and Batman were both raised by foster parents and guardians who aspired them to be and do good in the world.

Imagine if Superman and Batman had crappy guardians and used their powers for evil? Lex Luther, The Joker and all the other villains would dominate with evil in the world.

So, for those of us who don’t wear our superhero masks and capes to the shops anymore (except for my partner, Serafina and her son), we can aspire to be like the guardians of the superheros, to bring up our children to aspire to good and protect and support those who are vulnerable and facing challenges in their life!

Sorry to limit my superheros to the two obvious ones, I didn’t make it past the old superhero movies from the 80s…

If you want to be a superhero guardian or parent then check out Teaspoons of Change with a bunch of small but significant ideas and actions that contribute to positive impacts on people and the planet! Then who knows what good your daughter or son might do for the world!!!

http://teaspoonsofchange.org & https://www.facebook.com/teaspoonsofchange

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