“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had, and not when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Henry David Thoreau
I may not be Henry David Thoreau. I may not have the words to be him. But if he and I were to meet somewhere in between, it would be in the midst of our need to find solace in movement.
My name is Halim Mejri, and this is why I am reaching out.
It has always been a dream of mine to travel, alone, in a self-converted van of mine, on a journey to find the little pieces of myself that I am sure are scattered everywhere. I do not dream of fancy airplanes or exciting boat trips. Traveling, for me, means driving a van, a moving home, fashioned by me, to a boundless destination.
I have chosen Africa as my boundless destination for more reasons than one. My journey indeed is a self-quest, but it is not limited to that. More than finding the little pieces of who I am, I would like to be a helping hand to strangers in need. It does not have to be financial. I think helping people can take a lot of forms, and I am ready to explore and push both my body and mind to their limits in order to make a difference. Very in touch with my humane side since I was a child, I believe that our purpose as human beings is to find roots where we are not planted. I believe my roots exist within the people I will meet, the fleeting moments I will share with complete strangers with whom I would like to create core memories.
My other reason for choosing Africa is to get to experience certain fauna and flora which exist only in the wilderness of this continent. Quite fond of animals, I would love to be able to take part in rescue programs in my momentary stays as I move forward with my journey. I do not believe we talk about such jobs enough and therefore we are inadvertently disregarding how important they are. I am also excited about trying out extreme sports and putting my body to immense challenges.
As a 3D artist, I also am sure that the places will inspire me creatively, and this will help me inspire other people. And by sharing this journey with all of you
I feel very weird asking for money. But I believe everything is circular. You get the help and you give it to others in return. As Van Gogh says: “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”