Sometimes nature gifts us a Valentine’s story out of the blue, sometimes we look amongst ourselves, and sometimes we simply feel like exploring the esoteric nature of love itself.
So what is love?
Having over a decade behind us of releasing our Valentine’s messages into the world, we thought this year would be a good time to sit back and reflect on the lessons love has taught us over the years, so for everyone’s benefit, we’ve picked out our favourite Londolozi Lessons of Love given to us by nature:
2010 Taught us that Love is Fun (and a bit ridiculous)
What’s the point if you can’t enjoy that love with someone? Go crazy, be spontaneous, go on adventures, explore, make each other laugh, be a little bit silly…
Being a true friend is about being able to rely on someone regardless of the circumstances. It’s about affection, camaraderie, an enduring trust and respect… The Londolozi family tries daily to uphold these values in our dealings with each other, our guests, and indeed the magical wilderness area we live in.
2014 Helped Us See That Love Can Be Mysterious
For hundreds of years, people have tried to understand love. To describe it accurately, to measure it, to capture it… yet even when you are in it, it somehow remains amorphous; an unfathomable combination of an endless variety of facets: passion, intimacy, commitment, romance…
To attempt to truly understand it is an unwinnable task, but to enter into it accepting one will never truly know… now that is true love.
2016 Was About Passion
A famous John Lennon quote goes as follows:
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
Whether Lennon actually ever said that is still up for debate, but the message is pretty clear regardless.
Follow what you love with passion, whether it’s a person, an activity, a calling, and happiness is the reward you are most likely to obtain…
The Ostrich Love Story of 2017 Taught us the Power of Patience
One of Londolozi’s greatest stories, the female ostrich who waited three years for her partner.
Arriving alone onto Londolozi soil in 2013, she eventually became so lonely that she started following the Land Rovers around, seemingly for companionship. Then on the heels of the 2015/16 drought a male ostrich moved into the area. The pair met up, and the rest is history…
The small groups of ostriches dotted around the south-western grasslands that we still see today are a constant reminder of how love is truly worth the wait.
Ask anyone in a successful long-term relationship the secret to their success, and chances are they will include determination on their list. The reality is that to achieve success in anything in life, dedication is a key component. That doesn’t mean that wild romance has to suffer, but in order to for long-term happiness to be real, determination is crucial. It builds momentum, strengthens commitments and empowers those with the resolve to go the distance, to where the true reward ultimately lies.
Our musings over our last decade of videos and the lessons they have imparted have led us to one irrefutable conclusion. It’s John Lennon again, but this time the words definitely did come from him. Although he may have received much of the credit from the writing of the song, the thought, the realisation and the feeling have ultimately been a universal human truth for many, many years…
All you need IS Love…