I’m trying to return the favour…
Who was your role model?
Your parents, your big brother? Did you have anybody at all?
This week, Robin from Strandfontein, a township in Cape Town, shares his story with us – how he has gone from being “role mode-less” to being one himself.
Robin shares the ugly depths of humanity he reached when he was lost and had no one to guide him. It took having a stranger to act as a “big brother,” showing Robin that there was another way to live, away from drugs and gangsterism, for Robin to make change in his life that was so desperately needed.
This stranger introduced Robin to surfing, which has become the second love of his life. His first love is for the 14 kids that he now mentors in Cape Town – not just in surfing, but in life.
Robin’s story talks about the power of human connection, with one person directly helping another, giving time and compassion with endless benevolence.
Who we are today is made up of the people of our past, those that we have learnt from intentionally or through involuntary observation. But what Robin’s story suggests is that we can always reflect on this outwardly-built character of ours and consider whether that’s who we really want to be…whether the people of our past are the ones we want influencing who we are today, or whether it’s better to find new role models and work towards becoming the example they are setting, but for others…
“I’m trying to bring some change to their lives, I’m trying to return the favour.”
The Big Smoke is proud to promote the adventures
of the 365 docobites crew
and will feature a “Stranger of the week” every Friday,
so check back each week to see
who you get to meet next!
About 365 docobites…
The 365 docobites team, Epiphany and Carl, are travelling across five continents for an entire year to introduce the 365 docobites community to a “stranger a day” via a vlog of short and shorter documentaries.
Each docobite will be as unique as the stranger it features, allowing their identity to drive the content. Whether we’re with a stranger for a moment or a day, 365 docobites will capture the essence of that time in their life; humorous or horrific, dramatic or delightful.
What do these people look like?
What do they think about?
What makes them laugh, cry, scream and shout?
What is life like for the strangers of the world?