When I reflect back on 2018, a few unpretty things muscle to the fore. An email inbox that just didn’t get a handle on it. The kind of to-do list that manifested itself as overlapping scales of competing stickie notes; an insistent paper dragon that tarred my weeks with tasks. But there were heaps of magic days and nights, too: immersive jazz under the trees, hikes with the littlies that showed their wonder at the world to full effect and jaunts to Berlin and Amsterdam that satisfied a deep wanderlust. But the busyness was like a thief that took the beauty of perspective away, tarnishing life with a manic sense of “do it now”.
So if there’s a wish for all of us as 2018 draws to a breakneck close, it’s that we heed Tibetan Buddhist monk Pema Chödrön, when she writes: “You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”
We’ve enlisted a little help for finding harmony from consciousness warrior Banesa Tseki (p86), who shares her yoga and meditation tips with practical ways of looking at life.
Our analysis on the black travel movement (p72) is also generous in articulating how good for the soul it is. As one of the serial travellers interviewed observes, travelling freely as a black woman is a feminist act in itself.
Our cover story with the inimitable Minnie Dlamini-Jones also offers a sage consideration of what the local celebrity industry has become and how it’s pushed her to launch her own skincare range. These stories prove the incredible power of focus and priorities, especially at this time of year.
Busyness is an unproductive scourge that I vow not to take with me into 2019. Here’s hoping that you also find a powerful and passionate ethos to guide you towards a satisfying year-end.
Escape with a Montblanc suitcase, R12 600, p34
Celebrate with Dom Pérignon Vintage (price on request), p116
Luxuriate in a silk skirt from Witchery, R1 399, p33