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Quite a cold day, outside my window. It’s calm, quiet and very relaxed… day after the general elections.There is a nursery rhyme I used to teach to my little students back in a beautiful nursery school in Eldoret,Kenya.Here is a new rendition,for a much older crowd.

Oh be careful little eyes what you see. Because, often, nothing appears as it is.

Oh be careful little ear what you hear. Because, things get lost in translation.

Oh be careful little hands what you do. Because, you hold your future.

Oh be careful little feet where you go. Because, you lead.

Oh be careful little mouth what you say. Because, words are prayers.

 

2:57pm

9/8/2017

Nairobi, Kenya.

Song: Vivaldi-Four seasons(Winter)

 

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Angry!

Angry!

Throw the glass on the wall!

Send that hateful text!

Slap her face!

Angry!

Burn the house down!

Shoot his foot!

Cut him!

Angry!

Cheat!

Steal!

Kill!

Angry!

Angry!

Angry!

Angry!

20:15pm

7/8/2017

Nairobi,Kenya

Learning

Once upon a long ago, I was 3, and my mum took me to this school. The details of that day still linger in my mind. The school, with a single building  that was cream in color, a small turtle(which was our school pet), a big ‘Mzambarau’ tree, red monkey bar and a beautiful headmistress. I remember my first friend, his name was George, perhaps the most naughty boy I’ve had the chance of meeting. We held hands, all day long, he was my safe haven in this new place, my first conscious recognition of the learning process.

Over the years, my definition of learning has evolved; from the visual aided, and repetition of words spoken by my first teacher. To, a process that takes place on a daily basis.

Have you ever been in a situation or experience where all you can think is ‘What the actual hell is going on?’ Well, it happens a lot, to each one of us. And most of the time, we feel like it’s a shitty occurrence, and that life sucks. Then, there are those days that our heads are in the clouds; because everything is going on well, the sun seems to be shining, and joy oh joy! Life is a beautiful thing.

Two examples of experiences that shapes our lives; relationships and our area of  trade. Often, we meet people- be it lovers or friends, and at times, they do not hang around,  but instead, exit either like a gentle breeze, or like a nasty hurricane. And, they may leave us being better, or, in the light of the moment,worse. We tend to dwell on the actions that had  brought about the separation, instead of the thing that they have taught us; about ourselves and about others. Or, there are those that stay by your side, showing you different perspectives as you grow in step. Similarly, we work in various places, with various people. You might have a wonderful boss; who wants you to keep growing, or alternatively, have an asshole-who you feel is constantly out to get you. But, what did you get out of that process? Did you grow you network? Did you learn a new skill? Did you visit a country? Did you realize that you are good at one thing and suck at another? What did you learn?

To live is to learn, at least that is what I have come to believe, and try to practice on a daily basis. And truth be told, moving from a previously fixed mindset to one that is trying to view things in a new perspective is not easy. But I believe, it will be worth it, some day.

So…let us sit down at the end of this cold day, and write down 2 things we have learned, as tiny as they may be. Because, to live is to learn.

 

12:22pm,

3/8/2017

Nairobi, Kenya.

Song: Attention by Charlie Puth

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People get the leaders they deserve. That is what I believe. 

Are you a corrupt nation? Always trying to get an easy way out of any issue or situation? Are your conversation riddled with how one tribe is bad at something? Do you not care about how your actions affects your neighbors and immediate environment?

Well…that is the kind of person the country will get as a leader. Change your mindset,change your attitude, change your behavior and you will change your country.
11:12pm

Thika,Kenya,

26th July 2017

Song: Life- Whitney Houston or someone

Stop

Drip,

drop,

drip,

drop,

please,

stop,

before,

I drown,

In this pool of misery.

 

 

 

Every time I hold her hand as she cries about him.It makes me wonder why we fall in-love, what the whole point of being vulnerable to someone who has the ability to fill you with so much joy, and at the same time, so much pain. At times, it hurts me more than it does her.

‘You deserve better’, that is what I always say. Pull her close and tell her that everything is going to be okay. “But, will he change?” she asks,”Will he ever change??”, “Please tell me he’ll change” she looks into my eyes.

“Baby girl, if he were to change, wouldn’t he would have done that by now? Maybe, he is waiting for a sign, or maybe, he does not know what he wants or how he wants it. Maybe he is as confused about this thing as  much as you are, or, maybe he is just using you. So  many maybe’s”, I shake my head in confusion.

“What if he’s the one???”she sobs.

“What is the one?” I ask.

“The one who completes you, the one who builds with you, the one who is there for you through it all” she says with so much conviction.

“But, aren’t you as complete as you need to be without him here? Isn’t he supposed to complement you and be by your side as your teammate? Not a requirement to be complete? Are we all wandering around in search for the one? Moving from lover to lover, seeking the perfect fit? Do you think that he is your perfect fit? Despite all these tears?” I ask.

She looks at me, buries her head on my neck…and sobs away. And, holding her, feeling her pain,and… my tears fall.

 

Drip,

drop,

drip,

drop,

please,

stop.

Before,

I drown,

In this pool of misery.

 

 

12:44pm,

21/7/2017

Nairobi, Kenya.

Song: Love is pain- Dej Loaf

 

Social Change

Social change is the transformation of culture and institutions over time. It’s moving from one school of thought to another… the adaptation of new systems, routines and ways of life in general. 

When we encounter social change, we encounter the movement of a community, a country… A continent even. The old skin shedding off…bit by bit.

Is social change possible? Definitely. Positive social change is the true goal. This dynamic movement of society,forward into better behavior, better institutions and better lives. 

And so you ask,who brings about this social change? You. 

Don’t do business for the sake of business, be sure that your business contributes to the the forward movement of your society.
5th July 2017,

Nairobi, Kenya.

That Song

The power of music is one that we have not yet fully understood.

Have you ever been in a car,or passed next to a shop or restaurant, and then…that song comes on. Suddenly, you are walking down memory lane…to a special time in your life. Or, your mood changes?

That song holds so much meaning and emotion, a little bit of your past, some hope for the future. Then, there is that one song, that brightens up your day, makes you feel like you can take on the world and anything that life decides to throw at you. And yet another, makes you feel like the clouds are closing in.

The song that comes on the radio, and, your eyes shut…you drift away. Off you go, carried by the melodies, to that evening when that special someone introduced you to a song that they love, and now, each note makes you ache with longing or instead,causes a deep loathing. What about that other song, the one that makes you remember childhood days, sitting at home with your family, rocking to a song that your parent or sibling loved. Or, the song that played when you were on a road-trip with a bunch of friends, singing away. And, lastly, that song that always makes you cry…and you do not know why.

Music…such a powerful thing. It moves, it touches, it pains, it heals.

A song for every occasion; a song for every beautiful memory, a song for every painful memory, a song for every friend, a song for every lover, a song for a stage in life, a song for every emotion, a song for every dream…

That one song.

 

 

As a bonus, here is a list of songs that made me write this article. Each with it’s own special effect.

  1. For motivation- Strong Woman- Beyonce Knowles
  2. For my girls- Formation- Beyonce Knowles
  3. For a reminder- Gratitude- Jah 9
  4. For…I have not yet known how to explain- I feel it coming- The Weekend ft Daft Punk
  5. For a past love- Affairs of the Heart- Damian Marley
  6. For drives with my mother- All night long-Lionel Richie
  7. For more drives with my mother- Nikubambe- Brenda Fassie
  8. For my first concert with my best friend-Mandela- San Fan Thomas
  9. For motivation- Kama Kawaida- Kagwe Mugai x Mayonde x Fena Gitu x Muthoni the Drummer Queen
  10. For a bump on the road of life- Rockabye- Clean Bandit ft Sean Paul and Ann Marie

And to many more songs…

The power of music on the brain

The power of music- A research paper

8 surprising ways music affects our brain

Timestamp:

1:15 pm, 30-6-2017,

Nairobi, Kenya.

Song I’m listening to: Redbone by Childish Gambino

 

 

 

 

 

Young and Unafraid.

Remember when you were young and unafraid?

Well, I do. Climbing trees, jumping off walls, climbing ceilings for the fun of it. It was an adventure to take a risk; going down  that unexplored path, opening up to endless possibilities. Like second nature.

 

Time Stamp:1:51 PM

25th June 2017

Nairobi,Kenya.

Song: Shake it of- Taylor Swift

 

 

 

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