I am studying the Montessori philosophy at the moment (in preparation for having my own school in a few months time!) and the entire philosophy revolves around the idea that we each have a cosmic role to fulfill. You see, Montessori, by studying nature, realised that each thing in nature has a ‘cosmic role’ (plants, animals, elements, spores) – it has its necessity to survive but on top of that, it also has a role to add something to the environment around it for the greater benefit of all.
She used the example of coral to display this idea – tiny little coral organisms need to absorb sunlight and water to survive – this is their role in life, but then, on top of this primitive instinct of survival they also join together and end up building entire islands! The tiny little piece of coral, the small little organism, doesn’t know that it is going to be providing an island, a home for thousands, it just acts on its subconscious that wills it to act that way – because this is part of its cosmic role. From the tiniest little piece of coral to the biggest mountains, everything in nature has a unique role to add something to the environment around it for the benefit of the whole- including us humans.
I believe that if we have a dream, something that fuels us and gets us feeling passionate, something that we love doing so much that when we do it time can fly by without us realising because we are in such a state of joy – then this is part of our own cosmic role. Our deepest dreams, in my eyes, are not just ‘fantasies’ that we should downplay the importance of as if they are unreachable ideas – I think that our life dream is our subconscious shouting out to us what our unique cosmic role is, what our piece of the puzzle is.
Too many of us let our dreams slide by, and it is not just unfortunate for the individual, but for all of us because we each hold a special piece to the bigger puzzle.
And so, I have decided to go out with my camera to meet the people of these lands of South Africa and find out what their dreams are. One thing I miss about being a nomadic hobo in South America is the bustling excitement of life on the streets, meeting new people and making connections with strangers. It is an amazing feeling to actually meet every person that you pass and get to know them on a personal level, sharing life stories and feeling united by the mere fact that we are alive and in the same place at the same time. You begin to see yourself in every toothless smile, every cheeky grin, every teary eye. I miss that feeling of unity with strangers. And so this project of mine is to get me into traveling mode here in my ‘home land’.
My dream is to keep the dream alive – and maybe it will spur these strangers on to go chase theirs too! Besides, who doesn’t enjoy putting a puzzle back together?