Twenty Sixteen [MMXVI]

Holiday greetings, Good people.

I am pleased once again to announce the arrival and ushering in of the long awaited 2016. Pheewks! 2015 imeDie. Sheer satisfaction. How has your 2015 been thou’?

Now, without further ado, lets take a look at 2015; venye ulianza na pupa since day one 00:00:01 hrs expecting that it will flow as per your plans( never forget-we plan, God executes) Don’t worry though, we in this predicament together. Task:Describe 2015 in one word. I’d use ‘FUN’. From Jehovah Wanyonyi going to be with the lord(himself), Mayweather kunyorosha Manny Pacquiao, our very own Julius Yego setting a blistering 92.72m record Javelin throw, the beloved POTUS Obama, the saint Pope Francis, Bayern’s tactician Pep Guardiola visits to Kenya…just to mention a few of the #BestTBTs2015, #2015WillBeRemembadFor, #Highlights2015. Plus hey, how could I forget how legend Mollis made some boss chick to “Sullenda na kuShoka” πŸ˜€ FUN indeed.

Also, more importantly, one Chisekana Innocent was able to quench a long time thirst of artistic expression by opening this kijana_shupavu blog. I’m really proud guys. Thank God. Haters nyongweni priss, this is just the start. Kudos! (claps, cheers!)

Too much about the past, Twenty Sixteen is here, literally (No pun intended.) Let me surprise you; According to the Gregorian calendar MMXVI falls under a leap year. Bet you didn’t know this. Ata mi sikuzaliwa nikijua. πŸ˜€ Google helps. And btw, Kijana_shupavu has his birthDay,29th Feb. Gifts in advance. And for the misers who are deeply stressed where they will get their 2016 calendar, just find a 1988 one. Or if you’re that old, ya 1960 inaweza.

Writing about 2015 events, got me thinking about the famous New Year Resolutions(NYRs). In my opinion, they are simply useless. Never worked for me. You??! For this reason, through experience- after reading widely and deep- I came to a conclusion that NYRs are to some degree, just BS! So for 2016, I decided to have a new kind of NYRs: Saying NO! If you are anything like me, your list of NYRs reads BHAGs(Big Hairy Audacious Goals.) We resolve to be better by doing more.

Instead, why don’t we try focusing our energies and goals on what we should NOT be doing. This will boost our productivity. “Politely saying NO can free up astonishing amounts of time.” Noted Curtis Sittenfeld, a best selling author. Okay, lemmi take this humble duty, to help my dear readers create a ‘Stop-Doing’ list for 2016. Suppose you woke up kesho and received two phone calls. The first call says you have inherited 100million dollars. The second call says that you are diagnosed with a deadly disease and you have less than 3 months to live. Just imagine, this wont happen probably. πŸ˜‰ What would you do differently? No, wrong quiz. What would you stop doing?

Saying NO-and closely guarding your focus-must be part of your productivity equation. This requires faith in the value of your goals. I’m also trying this stuff in 2016, so don’t feel lonely. We in this together mtu wangu. Please enjoy your new year, will you? Get yourself this jam by Juliani- New Year. Get that girl you’ve always wanted to hit, buy that iPhone 6, speak your mind always, sing in the shower, puff some kush, keep secrets, Never give up, read, take risks, Be romantic, Be choosy, Collaborate and make connections, Compliment others and don’t expect life to be fair.

Baadaye watu wangu.

Yours faithfully, Kijana_shupavu!


Why you should try Free Writing

So, its Jesus’ happy birthday today and normally, everybody is in a good mood. (If not, I’m directing Santa to your place now!) This ‘good mood’ got me feeling a bit creative. I picked my phone, nikawasha data, logged into my very dormant WordPress account and started doing a free style. I’d love to call this Free Writing i.e. to write randomly what you think atΒ  that particular moment.

Watching 9PM news by the very bald Larry Madowo makes me see the dynamics offered by life. Yeah! ICYMI, let me be Madowo for a moment. Now, several expectant mums around the country and world in general gave birth in this day. I mean, they share a birthday with the famous Baby Jesus. Awesome, isn’t it? On this same unique day, a man (sadly from my home county) killed his wife because alikula gizzard, which is traditionally served to the man of the house (mzee wa Nyumba.) A deep sad reality!

This got me thinking: Why doesn’t everything happen according to plan. Like everyone else, your 2015 got its share of the good and the bad, right? Thanks for agreeing. 1st week of 2015 we got mighty plans, venye hii mwaka tutaHappen, how you will start talking to your 11-month old crush, how you will save for that iPhone 6…bla bla bla. Worry not though, you got around 5 more days to achieve your resolutions.

According to research, free writing helps to:

  1. Increase your creativity- this continuous non-stop writing allows the creative juices in the brain to begin flowing. Of course with the help of some herb. πŸ˜€
  2. Generates new ideas- it goes beyond creativity and resurfaces ideas that may have been hidden at the back of your skull. And for this reason, get a pen and a paper. Await further advice.
  3. Β  Makes you feel great, like I am now. I’m amazing myself at the level of creativity and shear volume of information I know.
  4. Forces one to think differently and creates a chain reaction of new thoughts. Lemmi surprise you for a moment, some authors of the All time best selling novels had this humble background. But now, they are inspiring the world.

I see you’re skeptic yet curious to try. Now, do something different before the year ends and put that pen to paper. Lets your hand flow freely with your mind. Thank me later. πŸ™‚


Yours faithfully, Kijana_shupavu!