Living in the now; Kanyaga tile…

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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Loryne Awiti

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97 comments on “Living in the now; Kanyaga tile…

  • Rhodah Nangila

    Wow! So captivating! And we keep on growing! Like when I grow up! When I turn 18, 20, 30 and finally life begins at 40.
    Keep it up girl. For we live today knowing God has our tommorrow.

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    • Loryne Awiti Author

      Yes we definitely do… 😌😌😌

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      • Maggie Mbugua

        Woow.. this is very motivating. Let’s live in the moment.

      • Benkitez Ngao

        Wow! Nice peice. I also believe in living in the present since the future is uncertain. Truth be told life given meaning by our present deeds. It’s our present decisions that will make us own the future

  • Barny

    Great piece!We often focus on the next level thinking life will get better but forget the present!

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  • Njeri Ochieng

    A beautiful reminder to live in the moment. Don’t rush…

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  • Boaz Wabwile

    Nice piece Lwala. Living life as it comes reduces a lot of regret. Looking forward to more pieces like this in future

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    • Loryne Awiti Author

      I agree no looking back no what if questions… 😌😌😌
      Looking forward to writing more pieces 😊😊😊

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  • Pala

    Beautifully written. Calls us to enjoy now so that we do not regret tomorrow. Reminds us of the gift of the present that if celebrated gives great hope for the future. Thanks for thes reminders.

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    • Loryne Awiti Author

      True we all need this reminders when we just think of the now and enjoy those little moment😌😌😌😌

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  • Afandi

    Awesome piece Lwala!
    Thanks for the reminder to live in the NOW💖

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  • Edna Daudi

    I relate to this …we should live in the moment

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  • Kelvin Arasa

    🤣i also feel like beign a child again. (No responsibilities)

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    • Loryne Awiti Author

      😂😂😂I thought I was the only one who wants to go back and play kalongolongo without worrying.

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  • Oyando

    Nice one bro

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  • Kagure

    You only got one shot in life. Make it worth it.
    I love the flow of the narrative, Awiti.💯

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  • Joshua Lwala

    Nyaluanda that is a nice observation of life. Continue exploring it as there is a lot more to come across.
    We are looking forward to read more from you.
    Congrats

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  • Jacky

    That’s a great piece right there… I’ve related with almost everything you’re saying …let’s start living and see what tomorrow holds ….keep it up Mamie

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  • odongo

    Yes!one day at a time. Good read

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  • Nathan

    Exciting piece of writing 😁…period ya kanyaga tile imeisha😂😂

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    • Loryne Awiti Author

      Manze those days are gone, now the memories all we’ve got🎼🎼🎵🎵
      😂😂😂Feels good to be on the red floor

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  • Prince Raj

    So very interesting Awiti! Reminds me of someone who once said, “The most burdensome thing in adulthood is adulting. ”
    Keep going girl! 💪Bring more of such intriguing stuff!

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    • Loryne Awiti Author

      Thank you Raj 😊😊😊 no one prepares you for the future or adulting its better to live as you go by😌

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  • Pras

    At this point I’d say we share the Sansa lense😂😅, 💯

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  • Wayne

    Live in the moment 💯

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  • Annet Kithaka

    I don’t know the magic but kitchen conversations are so sweet. Glad we made it there👏👏.
    I love every paragraph but this stood out differently :the grass ain’t greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it👌👌

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    • Loryne Awiti Author

      Yess the kitchen is simply the room for sweetness😂😂😂😁😁😁
      Yes the greener pasture is where we water the pasture😌😌😌

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      • Ogada Boaz

        Growing is a great responsibility with decisions to be made. Sometimes they weigh us down and envy the little ones around us.
        …nice piece

  • Nelson The Poet

    Power🌞

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  • Mariam Mbodze

    Niiice 🙌🙌go gyal… This is beautiful… Am encouraged

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  • Frankey

    This is so interesting.Keep the fire burning🥰

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  • Adrian

    Wow! This is really amazing. We should in deed live in the moment and make good memories now🙌. Thanks Lwala.

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  • Ms.Muthee

    Wow! The grass is greener where you water it!

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  • Lawrence

    This was literary my thing..constantly expecting that the next stage is where the fireworks display…but constantly facing disappointment, but all along the fireworks were in my hands, all I had to do is light them. Thank you lwala for your lenses👌😉

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    • Loryne Awiti Author

      I am glad this we are on the same lens.. I too have been there😌😌😌but we learn luckily

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  • Stellah KAGIRI

    Tomorrow is surely not promised….today is the day..brilliant piece

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  • Ian

    ‘Sieze the moment’
    -Coco

    Good one🔥🔥

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  • Jerry

    Nice piece..focusing on the now is so important…living each day as it comes

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  • Lauryn

    Beautiful piece, captivating 👌
    I love it…

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  • Frank Marube

    I always wish there was a way of knowing am in the good old days before i actually left them.

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  • Gina

    Amazing piece of work 🙌. So relatable. Felt nostalgic at some point 🤭

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  • Enock

    Tomorrow is not guaranteed, enjoy the present🙌🏼

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  • Ochieng Tebo

    Nice piece, I’m encouraged

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  • Rafiki

    Amazing!
    An art that is to be passed down to your children, on paper or verbally. They’ll have the solid truth at hand.
    Keep up!

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  • Rimui

    😂😂 Take me back to the good old days…. Growing up has got all of us wishing that life had a road map and clearly labelled road signs

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  • Loryne Awiti Author

    Thank you 😊

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  • Molonko Maureen

    Absolutely true!!!
    No worries for tomorrow because we got to live on what is already available
    Go Gal!

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    • Loryne Awiti Author

      Yes we end up missing now worrying about tomorrow 😔😔

      Atleast now we are on the know😊😊

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  • Sam Wanyua

    Nice piece!

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  • Yvonne Kibe

    Everytime you send these links
    I know it’s time to have a good read!
    I Love how much Truth you put out here in a simple and clear way.🔥

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  • Matthew Muange

    Wonderful piece Lwala

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  • Joyce👑

    Living in the now✌This awesome Lwala and this is the beauty of life, it’s a low-key jumanji experience😂, in every level you are connecting,learning and knowing what’s in you and we should choose to be present and feel every moment.😊. Thanks love, looking forward to more❤

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  • Sheila moraa

    We should enjoy the little bit oftoday since tomorrow is.unplanned.. Wow so beautifil

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  • Kashata

    Pole sana nimechelewa hapa comments. Anyway, this is some great flow of the story. You had me at the connection between Kanyaga tile to kanyaga lami. Pure creativity

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  • Kelly G

    Thank you for the timely eye opener!

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  • Ogola Richard

    This is really amazing. Be blessed🔥

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