Why:« droledezebre » (text : Jeanne Siaud Facchin / Doctor in Psychology)
« The zebra, this different animal, this horse which is the only one that the human cannot tame, which can easily be distinguished from the other animals in the savannah while using its stripes to protect themselves from enemies, which needs the others to live and which tends its pups carefully, which is so different while being so similar. And then, as our digital prints, the stripe patterns of the zebra are unique and help them identify eachother. Each zebra is different. I will then keep saying that these <<strange zebras>> need particular attention to,live in harmony in this demanding world. I will keep defending all these <<striped>> people as if these stripe patterns would also represent the outbursts given by life. I will keep explaining to them that their stripe patterns are also great characteristics which can help them to avoid many traps and dangers. Like Zorro who wants to dispense justice, ever and everywhere, or like the <<Z>> link which reminds that they are emotional, wandering, rebellious, hermit, forgotten people… Please go on! You see, a Z… can hide another! How wonderful they are and how proud they can be. With serenity ».
Philippe : 52 years old « sagittarius» and «father» of a 22 years old boy ….
A professional career with accomplishments and stability (sales executive in a company for 23 years) but also a career made of stress, dissatisfaction, commitment in a little fulfilling professional choice but which, nevertheless, allowed us to have a <<materially>> comfortable life..... but with a chaotic "health" level.
Passions : architecture, creation, ephemeral meetings and trips
Eva : 41 years old « lio» with no child
A leitmotiv: giving a meaning to life …Try to make The dreams come true and discover who we are, and what we really like..
Passions : animals, nature and trips
We: Since 7 years, we have started our own small business In the creation, marketing and sale of customizable fashion accessories (bags) made of recycled materials (www.metamorf-oz.com), provided through an NGO based in India and in an ethical, committed and responsible approach. We have also developed another design concept in tableware: wineglasses without stem (www.waterwinewine.com).
Where have our childhood dreams gone …Our desire for freedom, insouciance, rebellion and for exploring the world.
There are times when being in the middle of your Life, you need to find an answer to your questions :
"Am i really happy?" "Do my life choices fit with values in which i believe?" "Would i do the same if i could?" "Did my actions rise to my desires?" "Are my commitments to work and consumerism still meeting my fundamental values?" "Why such anger with this world that surrounds us?" "How do i want to spend the second half of my Life?"
Hessel said « Time for Outrage ! » and why not start against ourselves ?...
Accepting to put everything back into question and runs the risk of getting lost with the usual ways you have lived your life, with your certainties, your confort zone and your daily routine…Some of our relatives say : "Ouah ! I admire you" or "You are crazy, that's nonsense !" or "you're lucky" but most of the time "congratulations, but i personally would not have the courage to do it!"
« Decide to do it » is not courage, it's only accept « to let it go», take responsability for our choices and confront the unknown ….
We are aware that the aim of this trip is not for a « postcard »
Also, one of the reasons that inspire us is the feeling that we have spent too much time looking after ourselves believing in values such as the family, the job and consumerism during our whole life, forgetting the world around us : the «invisible», « the ones on the margins of social policies », « the worse-off», « the ones we don't want to see because they are different » but also « abandoned, unwanted and abused »
This form of injustice that incences us but that we take part in because we don't react. Beyond prejudice, we are convinced that if everybody would contribute to the amelioration of everyday life for human beings and animals around us (even just a little), their life would be better. And actually, this is just a little for us but a lot for others.
That's why, along the way, we will try to be involved in eco-volunteer missions, such as building villages, schools, and also why not volunteering our time to orphanages, hospitals, sanctuaries for animals (like elephants in Thailand), defending the cause of animals, combating poaching etc…
We are lucky because we will have time so we can use it!
Conclusion : The biggest luxury is freedom…!
Our « modest » motto :« It's better living your dreams than dreaming your life! »
Final objective: the "Zebrattitude"
Locate a place (during the 5 years) that fits our expectations, that makes us putting down roots, and, why not, realising a project that dwells in us: building an atypical "Eco-Lodge" guest-house where the location, the environment and the connections whith locals would be our priority.