I first heard of Rosita when my husband’s niece had shared an article about a woman summiting to Everest Base Camp. Okay, there have been other women to do that. However, I didn’t know of any Samoan women that held this title. I was very intrigued to say the least and shortly after, became a fan girl of hers.
Being with and married to a Samoan man for over 20 years, I have been exposed to all the beauty, regality, and strict ways of this South Pacific culture. I’m sure for women of any ethnic descent, they live with a cultural standard imposed by years of history and tradition. To venture outside of that predisposition, they’re met with both support and skepticism. It’s not easy to think differently, when you’re raised by the village. I applaud Rosita’s courage and I always look forward to her blog postings about her latest adventures.
Everest Base Camp by Rosita Afele:
Firstly as a Samoan (born and bred) it was an incredibly overwhelming experience as growing up on a tiny island we were not encouraged to think outside of our small existence. So, the magnitude of what I was about to embark on was not lost.
This journey was driven by the soul due to a personal loss. In a way, it was a soul searching adventure for healing or some sort of closure. It’s fair to say that along the way I found myself and not the healing in the sense that I was expecting, but more about understanding myself, my passion, dreams and my place in the world. The need for the spirit to soar for greater heights is now becoming an unfolding healing journey. Emotionally, it was draining and spiritually, it was revealing.
It challenged my physical and mental capacity to the point of total exhaustion – for instance Day 2 (to Namche Bazaar), I collapsed and awoke the next day feeling depressed and miserable thinking the journey has come to an end.
The Himalayas were breathtaking at the same time daunting and intimidating. The landscapes and the views that stretch for miles up until that moment were just childhood visions off books.
How could you describe yourself in 5 words?
What do you love to do?
Exploring new places, learning and meeting/engaging with different people. I don’t do it as often as I would like because I’ve never had the opportunity, I guess, perhaps for the same reasons as most people (kids, family, resources to name the obvious .. etc..) and also culturally (being Samoan). It presents another layer of responsibility and pressure. However, changes in circumstance have opened up more opportunities.
What can you do today that you could not do a year ago?
Without sounding horrid, inconsiderate and selfish – The unexpected (loss of my parents) and expected (my daughter, now a young adult) changes have dramatically changed my life quicker than planned and I am able to bring the focus back on me.
Do you like your job?
Like – Yes! It’s the people that make the job and I am fortunate to work with and be part of a great team of people!
What would you regret not doing?
Not having tried in anything – like not trying to at least follow or live my dreams.
When was the last time you traveled somewhere new?
Just a few days ago, 10th Dec 2016, I went with our Hiking Group (thank you, Meetup!) to New South Wales to climb Australia’s highest peak … it’s worth highlighting the adventure that became a life defining experience for me.
Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
That’s for the lives, if any, that I’ve touched with my journey.
What does success mean to you?
Freedom. The freedom to express myself in any and every way – the freedom to think, feel, smell, touch.
What are you doing to pursue your dreams right now?
WORK LOL … dreams are expensive (hahaha) especially my WIP dream of “The Seven Summits”. Side note – I say Work in Progress (WIP) because like anything there are dependencies – external factors.
What are you most scared of?
I like this questions as I’ve recently discussed this with my close friends … I am not afraid of the prospect of death or dying, but what I am most afraid of is in my final moments I ‘regret’ NOT what I’ve done BUT WHAT I HAVE NOT DONE!
I want to live life not just exist.
What are you most proud of?
Where would you like to live?
I still don’t know – I am still searching.
If you left your current life in order to pursue your dreams, what would you lose?
I am now in pursuit, so hopefully I get there – putting it out there to the Universe!!
What bad habits do you want to break?
Stubbornness, holding a grudge.
If you were someone’s life coach, what would you tell them?
The view is better from the top!
Fun and furious questions:
- If you could do it all over again, would you change anything? Yes
- How old would you be, if you didn’t know how old you are? 20
- What activity makes you lose track of time? Reading
- Best cheat indulgence? Vino
- If you could only speak one word today, what would it be? Food
Click here for RositaTravels.com
Click here for the article from The Samoa Observer about Rosita and Mt. Everest
Much love and Aloha,
Faafetai your clueless wanderer