By Christabel Netondo
2-0-1-7. It came. We’ve experienced.We’ve learnt. We’ve broken down a little if not much. We’ve had a series of joy and sadness. Some fell in love some broke up .We’ve made (un)recognizable strides. We’ve reached milestones .We’ve embraced changes to our personal growth. Some were fired, while some got that C suite office .You and i endured the January blues , drought and brokeness. We didn’t die. Then came the mid year crisis, in June. From inflation that deeply rooted our economy consequently pinching the common mwananchi. Yes! We bought a kilo of sugar at 180KES, but still we didn’t die. You broke down ,and had to pick up the pieces and dust yourself off the dirt; for life did not come to an end. Election came. Slay queens generation. Anti-Trump fever. Unending strikes. Boy child empowerment. Baba’s withdrawal. Nyashinski cameback and Nkaiserry dismissal. Mushrooming paybills. Then came , Is Nyakundi and Is you. Still, life has been on.
Nonetheless, WE’RE ALIVE.And you’re evidently reading this piece. Something that we cannot take for granted. For some came and failed. They saw the sunset but never saw it rise and it’s for that reason that I’m writing this article, seated under a worn out tent on a plastic chair with my phone battery almost dead. A eulogy of a life well lived parted on my laps. Somewhere deep down the rocky region of Lwanda. This is my forth funeral on record, that I’ve attended this year in span of 2 months each, and I can attest to you that death is real and cruel.You never know when it will strike. It just comes and you’ll only have one option of accepting and moving on past death. It’s not that easy.
I’ve witnessed all that happens in funerals from uncooperative organising committee members to the emotions displayed because of the lose of a loved one. Free flowing tears, up to the final rituals at the 6 feet under. But dear reader, APPRECIATE every minute you’re alive. THANK the Almighty daily for the gift of life bestowed to you. Go out have fun, make news friends have new experiences in life today, for you may not know about tomorrow. Enrol for that course you so much desire, put into practise that business idea you’ve had for months, for tomorrow might never come. My friends, make peace with everyone around you, and ignore any factor that inhibits your happiness.There’s never a right time until it’s the right time. Break up with procrastination and self loathing. Live your whole each day. Challenge yourself to be a better version of you.
Oh! It’s almost drizzling. I have to get a vehicle to the other side of the village.
By His grace, we have faith of facing tommorow.