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Homeward Journey

Long Walk Home

By T. EmmanuelPublished 5 months ago 4 min read
Homeward Journey
Photo by Vlad Bagacian on Unsplash

Once upon a time in the picturesque country of Rwanda, nestled in the heart of East Africa, there lived a young computer enthusiast named Samuel. He had grown up in the bustling city of Kigali, but today, his heart longed for an adventure far beyond the city's limits.

It was a bright and sunny morning, and Samuel had made a decision. He was going on a long walk home, to his ancestral village, deep in the Rwandan countryside. The journey would take him back to his roots, a place untouched by the digital world he so adored. With a backpack full of essentials and a determination to experience the beauty of his homeland, Samuel set out on his journey.

As he left the city behind, the constant hum of traffic and the glare of computer screens slowly faded into the distance. The bustling urban life was replaced by the serene beauty of the Rwandan countryside. Rolling hills covered in lush green tea plantations stretched as far as the eye could see. Birds chirped merrily, and the air was filled with the sweet fragrance of blooming flowers.

Samuel's first stop was a tiny village, where he rested and chatted with the locals. They shared stories of the land's history and traditions, often passed down through generations. Samuel marveled at the simplicity and warmth of their lives, so different from the fast-paced world he knew.

Continuing on his journey, Samuel crossed a wooden bridge over a gently flowing river. The water was crystal clear, and he couldn't resist taking off his shoes to feel the coolness of the stream. It was a stark contrast to the digital rivers of data he dealt with on his computer.

The sun was beginning to set as Samuel approached his ancestral village. It was a place his parents had told him about but one he had never visited. The village was nestled in a valley, surrounded by majestic hills. As he walked through the narrow dirt paths, he saw children playing and villagers working in the fields. The simplicity of their lives struck a chord within Samuel.

He was warmly welcomed by his extended family, who were thrilled to see him. They shared a hearty meal of traditional Rwandan dishes, and Samuel felt a sense of belonging that he had never experienced in the city. The night was filled with laughter, storytelling, and the sounds of traditional drums.

The next morning, Samuel joined the villagers in their daily routines. He helped plow the fields, learning how to cultivate crops in harmony with the land. The physical labor was a stark contrast to his desk job, but it felt satisfying and real.

Days turned into weeks, and Samuel's long walk home had become a longer stay. He had not touched his computer or checked the news since his departure. The village had become his world, a place where he felt a deep connection to his roots and an appreciation for the simplicity of life.

One evening, under the starry Rwandan sky, Samuel sat with his grandmother. She told him stories of his ancestors, their struggles, and their resilience. He realized that he was a part of a rich tapestry of history, and it was his responsibility to pass on the stories and traditions he had learned during his journey.

Eventually, the time came for Samuel to return to the city. He bid farewell to the villagers, his family, and the serene countryside. As he walked back to Kigali, he carried with him not just the memories of his long walk home but also a profound appreciation for the beauty of Rwanda and its people.

When he arrived in the city, he found it bustling and noisy, just as he had left it. But Samuel had changed. He now saw the city with a different perspective, one that appreciated the simplicity and warmth of rural life. He knew that he could balance his love for computers with a deep respect for the traditions and natural beauty of Rwanda.

Samuel's long walk home had been a transformative journey, one that had connected him to his heritage and to the land. He realized that there was more to life than just computers and news, and he would carry the lessons of his adventure with him as he continued his life's journey.


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