It’s funny how life is. Remember when you were young and all you wanted to do was grow up
? It always seemed cool to be an adult. Now that I am an adult, I wish I would go back to cooking grass with zesta jam tins and serve it as vegetables. The truth is in those moments we were living in the now.
I remember one incident in our house that really fanned my urge to grow up. At home, the kitchen floor is red and doesn’t have tiles. It’s the best place for juicy stories. So, during a particular time, one of my elder cousins came to live with us. He had interesting stories to tell, I must admit. However, they were meant for the chosen few. I used to be told “kanyaga tile” which meant: “you are not old enough to partake of the secrets of the kitchen.”
Apart from ‘kukanyaga tile’, I also hated setting the table and clearing it. Reason being wiping a stubborn piece of ugali that had found its way off someone’s plate and onto the table or the mat was such a huge task at the time. What are some of the things you wanted to get away from?
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Finally, we came of age to not kanyaga the tile anymore. However, no one gave me the heads up that whilst you are on the red floor you had graduated to washing dishes , disappointment. Despite washing dishes it is still way better to be on this side of the floor where everyone is. The sad part is, with time people grow up and eventually kanyaga lami. Even the red floor loses its hype with time.
This actually gives us a perspective of what life is like…
Onto the next one…
I believe that when you are in one stage of life all you want to do is get to the next level. We all anticipate that the next stage will be better than the current one. When you were in primary, high school seemed like the promised land. The stories of funkies, the tales of boarding school and the escape from “MR. RED” (if you know you know). Sadly no one told us about the lack of multiple choices in exams or the amount of knowledge you were meant to retain for the four years.
Let me not get into the zeal of joining campus. To me the word campus was the synonym of freedom. Oh the idea of walking the streets of Nairobi at night and marveling at the city lights and dressing up for date nights. If only someone told us you would need cash to do all this and the movies definitely lied since in all my two years I still haven’t collided with anyone in the corridors and instantly fallen in love, let alone heard of anyone who has.
Even now that we are on campus , some on their last days, others just done with the 8-4-4 system, it seems like life has not yet started. I am sure you have heard of the famous saying “ngoja umalize campus ufike huko nje.” It’s like all this time we are not living, instead we are always waiting for the next thing and failing to live in the now.
What is living?
Truth is, there will always be something waiting for us to explore. There will always be a next level waiting to be reached. The next thing will always be waiting for us to discover it, to start it, to experience it. The real question is what are you doing now? Memories are made in the now, feelings are felt now and opportunities are seized in the moment. What if we focused on our current situations and just lived.
To be honest the beauty of the sacred red floor in our house is we all live in the moment. It is the place you have a concert with an audience(whether they like it or not). It’s the one place where I laugh my lungs out and everyone gets bashed on my behalf. It is a place that is alive. Plus right now no one gets to kanyaga tile anymore simply because we chose to make it this amazing place for that moment we are in there either cooking or cleaning.
Folks the grass ain’t greener on the other side its green where you water it.Neil Barringham
Tomorrow is not guaranteed so live today like it’s your last.
To me this is living.
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