Peace 

Peace begins with your thoughts, words and actions…

You cannot go on an excursion to find peace.  It is not handed to you by your sister, brother and friend, because they too are searching. 

It begins with you. Within you. Be peace.
2125hrs

19/11/2017

Nairobi, Kenya 

Song:Exchange-Bryson Tiller 

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Tsunami

Recently, I watched a documentary about tsunamis and how the energy it holds moves through the ocean at a speed of 805km/h. Today however, I had an encounter with a different sort of tsunami…fear.

My day was going well. Running errands in the city in the sun,headphones plugged in. It was lunch time, time to do my favorite ‘waiting for government offices to get off their lunch break’ activity-sit down on a public bench, eat a sandwich and watch people going on with their routines. It was a beautiful sight,workmates walking from their offices off to lunch, some ladies carrying a TV wrapped as a gift and a guy bent over tying his shoelaces. 

Then came the screams. 

Fight vs flight mode kicks in. First thing…assess your surroundings, where is the issue coming from? Where are you running off to?  I could almost see the fear move from person to person…like water particles crashing into each other. An energy. Then it hit me.  

Flight…flight…flight. Run towards the calm. 

1517hrs,

17/11/2017,

Nairobi, Kenya.

No music 

The plurality of human existence- mine

I’m not just Kalenjin.

I am a lady,with a family and friends,

A leader in different aspects,

A lover of art, music, dancing, wine, good food, beautiful destinations.


I am not just Kalenjin, 

I am a scholar at times, 

A creative at others, 

A student most of the times,

And a teacher when need be.


I am not just a Kalenjin, 

I’m spiritual, 

Philosophical, 

Adventurous,

Poetic,


I’m not just Kalenjin.
This piece has been inspired by a book that is currently in my life- one that speaks about identity. You see, in my country, we are easily divided along tribal lines based on political ideologies and practices that are related to each sub-group.  

However, that is not the only line in which I or anyone else can identify with is it?  I like pinapples on my pizza,and drink very little milk,jazz is beautiful on a Sunday afternoon or Saturday evening sitting in a nice restaurant with a couple of my friends sipping on wine. Watching comedies makes my heart leap with joy while watching people suffer from poverty, disease,political brainwashing and wars hurt so bad. But I’m not the only one who loves these things am I? 

No. The answer is No. I identify with all the people who love dancing in the rain, taking a stroll by the beach, running around with kids, buying already chopped vegetables from the vegetable vendor, eating roasted maize with masala during cold evenings. 

My identity is multifaceted, made up of all the things that make me me. And this is replicated in every individual in this blessed country and world. 

So.

I am not just Kalenjin. 
7/11/2017

1910 hrs,

Kiambu, Kenya.

Song: None today 

Book: Identity and Destiny 

 

Feels

My favorite musician,Mr.Bob Marley- one of the ones that resonates with my heart says “Everyone will hurt you, it’s for you to find the ones worth suffering for”. 

It’s true that it’s easy to close yourself up and be emotionless, and not feel. I do that all the time,to ensure that these emotions don’t cloud my sense of judgment.  At my age, I’ve succeed about 30-40% of the time. That’s not such a high score is it? Well, back to the matter at hand. 

To feel is to be alive, I believe. And to know what and why you are feeling is to live. 

See , numbing yourself to the painful feeling is numbing yourself to the beautiful feeling.  However, understanding where these feelings are arising from and what triggers these feelings, is to understand what makes you tick,and that the tick might be positive or the tick might be negative. 

The positive tick or as Bob would say, “Some positive vibration” is something I describe as a warm tingly feeling of excitement. It’s usually caused by the things that make you feel alive, for example, family, love, good music, good sex, good company, good fortune, pride towards your achievements,abundance, dancing, singing…continue listing them in your head. These are the things you should do more of, and allow yourself to feel whenever the sensation arises. 

In comes the negative tick. The feeling(s) can be described as heavy, painful, cold or plain uncomfortable. Caused by fear, sadness, hurt, betrayal, disappointment…continue listing them in your head. It’s okay to feel these things when they arise, because they always do .

Understanding what each of these feelings explain is what I’m beginning to recognize as ’emotional intelligence’. And,using these feelings to guide you through life and your interaction with your immediate environment; which includes animate and inanimate objects is something that is worth learning. 

2304hrs 

14/09/2017

Nairobi, Kenya. 

Song: Affairs of the heart-Damian Marley (Such a coincidence hehe)

Strawberry Cotton Candy  Lullaby 

I’ve tried counting sheep to sleep, 

1…2…3…

There they go,

Jumping over pink clouds, 

Strawberry cotton candy. 



1…2…3,

There they go, 

Jumping over pink clouds, 

Strawberry cotton candy. 



There they go, 

Jumping over pink clouds, 

Strawberry cotton candy.



Jumping over pink clouds, 

Strawberry cotton candy. 



Strawberry cotton candy.



0224hrs

29/9/2017

Nairobi, Kenya. 

Song: Bibanke by Asa

I live in a country with 48.46 million people as of the last census that was carried out in the year 2016, when the last census was conducted. Of the 48.46 million, I fall under a category known as the youth, which according to the same census, accounts for 10.8 million people. As a youth in this wonderful country, my future lies in the hands of the current conditions which governs daily life. These include access to basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter, All of which, I have come to realize depends hugely on my ability to generate a sustainable income, that is able to provide the quality of life I want.

After graduating from one of the best universities in the country, I had the privilege of landing in a job, a privilege that not too many of my former classmates got immediately. However, they did not sit down and wait for a magical occurrence to take place, but instead,some of them went into entrepreneurship, a field that is usually considered ‘risky’ while others are still at home, hoping for the best.

According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, 53.4% of the population mentioned above are within the working age and in the year 2017, the Human Development Index by the United Nations placed the rate of unemployment in the country at 39.1%, which when calculated against the number of people in the country brings it to about 10.12 million people who do not have a source of income.

 

One of the things that I’ve been exposed to in the past year is the possibility of job creation by the youth, or anyone for that matter, without necessarily going through the whole process of heading to study for 4 years. The possibility of youth empowerment through access to technical training that has in the past been considered as ‘for failures’ or ‘for E students’. What is this ‘thing’ that could help us? Vocational Training.

Vocational training involves the training of individuals to have practical skills that would not normally be accessed through our current education systems. These skills may include, but is not limited to; tailoring, construction, electrical wiring, business management, and, as I have come to learn,key interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. Quick question(s), how many electricians do you know on a personal level? How many plumbers? And yet, we all have houses that require these services on a daily basis?

Will we be able to reach that ‘industrialized’ level that our country has set out to achieve by the year 2030? And, who are these that will be able to create and fill these gaps that the industrialization offers? Probably an individual who did not have the ‘privilege’ of going to the mainstream university with a white collar job promise, but instead, registered at a local vocational training center.

Listen

Shhhh, 

Listen. 

No really,

Listen. 
Do you often listen, 

So that you can answer?

Or, 

Do you listen,

So that you can understand?
Shhhh, 

Listen, 

No really,

Listen. 
2236 hrs,

17/9/2017,

Nairobi, Kenya. 

Song: Positive Vibration-Bob Marley