100 day Trip Update- The Breakdown

  • April 29, 2016

So on day 12, I had a mini breakdown… Having stayed with friends for four days before, I experienced extreme luxury and was spoilt with great conversation. From that, I went into complete solitude. No cellphone reception, no people around me, barely any roads. I didn’t even stay at camp terrains. I literally set up camp at the side of the road. This made me quite venerable and very aware of my surroundings, for pretty much 24hours a day. I barely closed an eye.


I would describe myself as a cautious person. Weighing up risks carefully before taking them on. In this case I weighed them up over and over, and logically they made sense but I still needed to be aware and cautious of my surroundings. This drained me physically and emotionally. I’m pretty sure I’ll get used to it soon. Those three days however, was a bit too much.


All this said, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I’m continuously realizing with how little recourses I can manage and survive. I am learning that I am in fact a strong individual. I’m pushing through all the challenges thrown at me, and getting emotional or overwhelmed by some, is not the worst thing.


My breakdown lasted a full 2hours (obviously the things that led up to it lasted longer). I cried. Prayed. Read Isaiah 40. Played guitar. And that was that. It might happen again? We’ll see. I didn’t intend for this journey to be a soul searching or emotional one. However, when you are alone 24hours a day, you can’t help but to learn more about yourself. I have dissed my emotional filter. I have no one to hide my emotions from, no one to impress or really consider. I could’ve bottled this breakdown up, not share it with anyone. Dealt with it “like a man”. Ha! I chose not to. Humans are not meant to be alone.

1 Comment on 100 day Trip Update- The Breakdown

  • Anica says:
    April 30, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Hi Dirk
    No humans are not meant to be alone but having alone time can be very good for the soul. Enjoy the journey and do make friends along the way!


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