This is not like a bad ‘Bye Felicia‘. It is a good one. That I am happy to let go of 2014 knowing that I have grown. Grown up. Growing old happens by default. Growing up; it takes special talent. I kid you not! It is a mix of plenty of mistakes, sitting in your own naughty corner and having time out in your head, reflecting, being responsible for all your actions, taking in the highs and the lows… the whole shebang!
I took my usual cathartic solo trip mid-year. It was a defining moment for me. When I came back, I threw myself into this little place I call home and I love every bit of it. I look at some of the seasoned writers on these streets and can’t help but think at times that my blog ‘looks like a doodle’. No offence to all toddlers out there. 🙂
Key takeaway of 2014 was growth and I am very grateful to God for that. This is not like a list of 10 dadadada things… but do read on. This year:
I read quite a bit on the Rwandan Genocide (feel free to gift me ‘Left to Tell’ by Immaculée Ilibagiza). I really enjoyed ‘An Ordinary Man‘ by Paul Rusesabagina. I learnt that you can be that one person who makes all the difference, no matter how insignificant your efforts seem to be. It also reaffirmed the fact that media is such a powerful tool and we should be wary of how we use it.
I learnt a number of things. That without God, it is all vanity. That mistakes are all part of the learning process. That I need to know when to stop. To stop watering that which wasn’t meant to grow in my life. I also learnt that my time is irreplaceable. That it is very valuable. And wasted time is worse than wasted money. On matters money, I should lend only that which I can afford to lose. That my talent might get me though the front door, but my character and consistency is what will keep me in the building. I could go on and on. I have learnt a lot!
I appreciated friendships that challenged and moulded me. My two very lovely and crazy friends have made this year bearable. My friend who challenged me to go back to school. My colleague who really helped me get past a difficult period. My friends who got married this year. Thanks for paving the way for us. A big thank you to each and every one who has impacted my life in one way or another. You have made 2014 beautiful!
I travelled further this year. There is still SO MUCH exploration to be done. This was my favourite trip. It made me realize what a teeny weeny fraction of Kenya I have been to. That you don’t have to go to Santorini (well, I do actually) to experience such utamu.
I obsessed over my mug. I call it my travel mug. Best buy of the year! Oh and did I mention Biggie’s Mocha frappe? #FadaLord! That thing is the truth.
I laughed out loud while reading Bikozulu’s article on prostate cancer awareness. Please read it. I can bet you will enjoy it as much as I did.
I shocked myself by cutting my hair. Yep! Woke up at 5 a.m. with the urge to do so, and I just did.
And that’s it. 2014, it’s been real! *Bye Felicia*