Leaving the Rat Race – Back to Africa
August 8, 2013 1 Comment
It has been a while since I last posted any cool technical articles and so on. Well to be honest with you all, I feel I need time out of the rat race. I just found no purpose anymore with the IT consulting I was doing, plus my back was not happy sitting on a chair for more than 8 hours a day. We just not designed to be locked up all day.
I was very fortunate to work for a charity for 2 years, but after that, I was working for banks and I felt the work soulless, draining, repetitive and just being a number in the “system”; or how the banks would call us “Resources”.
This was it for me, I was either going to face a long road down to depression or make a drastic change in my life. I needed a way out, and I needed to find a way out fast!
I was surfing in Indonesia in April this year and that is when the penny dropped for me.
I realised that:
We make a Living
by what we Get
We make a Life
by what we Give
This was my answer. I realised that, I do not need to go to psychologist or take antidepressants, what i needed was a way to give back.
This is where Ranger Rom was born.
10 years ago, I was in Luxembourg, again working for a bank, I hated it. I imagined living in Africa and working as a Game Ranger/Field Guide. I then realised that I was doing NOTHING about my dream, every year would pass, and I would have a new excuse. Well this time, I had enough.
I was tired of the rat race, fashion and the constant bombardment of materialistic culture from food, cars, property and etiquette.
I love technology, I really do. I take pride in the work that I believe in. Ranger Rom is proof of this. It uses state of the art technology from Amazon EC2, S3, CloudFront, Ruby On Rails, ImageMagick, Jekyll and all sort of cool stuff that could take 10 blogs to write on, seriously! Since working on Ranger Rom, I actually enjoy developing products, because it is for a great cause, but most of all, it’s fun.
I realised that I had a choice in life, and now is the time for change. Now is the time to step out from the sheep, pull the wool over the eyes of the wolf; and make a stab at something new and creative.
I might fail, I might fall hard, but at least I will have no regrets when I am 113 years of age, sitting on my bed, going – I wish I did that when I was young.
But this has now changed, and I encourage you all to follow my New Adventures, but more important to follow your dreams and your heart. Today I have posted the first chapter, and yes, it is based on a true story. I am going to the bush for a long time. In between breaks, I will be doing crazy things to, like Paragliding from Mozambique to Madagascar and surfing enormous waves. However, my primary goal is to give back to nature.
Below is Ranger Rom’s first news report to read, so please feel free to join the world of Ranger Rom!
I came up with this quote, here it goes:
“When the fruit is ripe, don’t let it rot”
Ranger Rom is all about promoting wildlife awareness by creating cool games for kids and adults to play. Scheduled for release on the IPhone and Android at the end of this month! IPad and Tablets will soon follow over the next couple of months.