My phone vibrates, a message has come in. What now KCB, I mutter to myself as I reach for the phone. I had received a message from them a few minutes earlier, advising me mteja mpendwa, usimpe mtu yeyote nambari yako ya siri kwa simu, barua pepe, sms au ana kwa ana. KCB haitakuuliza namabari yako ya siri. PIN yako siri yako. We have become a bunch of con artists, gullible folk, we have to be reminded every so often a bank would not ask for your pin.
Anyway so the message. Turns out it is not KCB. It is a certain fellow who has sent me KES 2.00 by mpesa. Wtf Gideon! Who sends you two shillings? What are you trying here Gideon? I cannot fathom. I check because I was not sure, turns out you can actually send 1 – 49 shillings at no cost to a registered/ unregistered user. But what motivates a person not known to you to send you two shillings? What can I possibly do with it? You wanted to know my name? Or were you expecting me to call you back and inquire about this message? Tough luck buddy.
This is the society we currently find ourselves in. People trying to get you at every turn. You are assaulted by these messages on sms, phone calls and email daily, it is relentless. As if that is not enough, retail outlets, restaurants, name them, are also constantly pushing you messages of products and offers. It is crazier for me as my phone is sending me duplicate smses at times. So I can get one message even five times. I have taken the phone to the company service center, apparently several people with the same model have complained, they did a software upgrade, nothing doing. If anyone has a solution please tell me.
OK, I am done making a fuss. So before the message, I was reflecting on this 2016, The Year That Was article I wrote same time last year. I was curious to see what I felt at that time and if the same things held true this year. In similar vein, I regurgitate 2017.
Sonny. Djasiri has really grown, in all senses of the word. Physically, his pants are hanging, his knees have razors or something sharp, so do his toes. It is a good thing distressed jeans are a thing. Socks I just have to keep buying. He is the smartest kid I know. IKEA effect aside, he really is, hahaha. Never fails to, impress, crack me up, gets me curious, I have learnt so many random things as I seek to answer his many questions. I have also learnt that he understands even things I thought he was too young to understand. I am now more aware that kids see through us, when we are sad, when we are stressing, when we are happy, they are aware. Your smiles do not fool them. Be conscious of the environments you create for them at home.
Writing. It has been a year of consistent and not so consistent writing. But it has been great! At times, I just can’t write. And I am OK with that. Then at times, a random message, in this case, by 2 bob Gideon, gets my writing juices flowing. I am so glad I started this blog. Thank you to those who encouraged me to and everyone else who has consistently indulged in my musings.
Books. Reading is one of my favorite avocations. Some titles I enjoyed: The upside of Irrationality and Irrationally yours both by Dan Ariely, Blink – Malcom Gladwell, The subtle art of not giving a f*ck – Mark Manson, Kafka by the shore and 1Q84 both by Haruki Murakami, Modern Romance – Ansari Aziz, Shanghai girls – Lisa See, The book thief by mark Zusak, Grey by E L James, The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling, to name very few. I certainly am looking to reading more next year, at least two books per month, especially African writers, non fictions, Biographies, history, etc. My birthday is soon approaching. I am open to receiving books for gifts, that instead of cake, any day 🙂 You are not limited to January, there are 11 other months.
Change. It has been a year full of it. It has been fantastic! So much growth, mistakes, overcoming fears, worries, getting stronger. I cannot wait to see how 2018 shapes out.
- Living. As I mentioned in the 2016 post, Life is not logic, life is not philosophy. Life is a dance, a song, a celebration! It is more like love and less like logic – Osho. So I celebrate each day, realising that it is a blessing, that it is God’s mercy that keeps me going, not anything I did, have done or will ever do. It is His mercy and Grace.
- Doing my best. In whatever it is I am working on, give my all. This is a work in progress as we head into the new year.
- Dangers of anger. In this matter, I have always lived by the mantra that I can tell someone to go to hell in the morning, never react when angry, take a beat. It is in anger though that you see peoples true colors. Do not ignore these colors.
- It is all up to me. You chart your on path. You are responsible for yourself, you want something, you go for it. Life is not fair, move on. Everyone is going through something.
- Self acceptance and love. I am not perfect, but who says I cannot get better? I run my own race.
- Protect yourself after you find you. There are people who’ll work hard to see you lose that. They’re in your family, your church, your workmates, your neighborhood, people you look up to, those you trust; and sometimes your mind is the enemy. Protect yourself.@Rixpoet
Highlight. Visiting Bermuda. Was such a great time, need to go back, I pray 2018 offers more opportunities, so many places I want to go.
Thankful. To my family, true friends, music. What would I have done without you three?
Next year, God willing, I aim for the same things I did 2017, see the featured image.
I wish you kindness, love, peace, joy, laughter, you deserve them all.