I’m back.Wachira John
I’m sitting lazily looking at my machine wondering what I’m going to do next. Some task I’d been trying to do has hit a snag and I need a break anyway so… Facebook! Quickly, my fingers go to work; a new tab opens, f-a- autocomplete and I ram the enter key like life depends on it. The page loads immediately. I’m met with a post which is a memory of an interview I published exactly one year ago; Emma’s interview.
Facebook has this nice feature that reminds you of posts you wrote exactly a day like this one year ago. It’s the perfect journal; makes you reflect on that time and what’s transpired since then. It provides you a scale to measure progress; either backwards or forward. In terms of blogging, mine hasn’t been going on very well. I’ve become an alien to my blog. The pen and the writing desk have grown metaphorically dusty and grown cobwebs. My own blog seems to me as though it’s someone else’s.
Obviously, I need a reboot.
Time away from the pen has been interesting though. I’ve ventured into other areas, met a ton of new people and learnt a great deal in a myriad of areas. There are other areas that I didn’t do so well. I’ll probably share them on the next paragraph. I’ve missed the thrill of the pen; the moments after you hit publish, and the words cease to be mine. I’ve missed the interaction the blog sphere gave me. I missed my readers; many apologies for the momentary leave. I’m not done with the pen; not yet. And the interviews! Oh my, don’t even go there. They’ll be back. I’ve had my reboot. Messi might have mentioned something about retiring; oh I pray he doesn’t. That man is just talent. I certainly haven’t retired from writing. When I do, I’ll tell.
Okay, the areas I haven’t done so well in. C’mon, you don’t expect I’ll wash my dirty linen out here do you? No seriously; do you? Let me do you a favor keep my dirty laundry locked in. But so that you don’t go disgruntled, I’ll tell you some of the things I’ve picked up.
It’s okay to make mistakes.
Especially for us young folks, you should be worried if you are not making mistakes. That probably means you are not venturing out like you ought. I’m not advocating for reckless living though. In between the “trenches” and comfort zones, there’s a healthy balance which basically means you haven’t figured out everything but you aren’t sitting around waiting for the million dollar aha moment. You’ll be getting your hands dirty while you try figure out what you were made for. In hindsight, I am glad some things I did I did. For instance, if you feel you can write, pick up the pen and write. Forget about perfection and the droves of bloggers out there who are probably light years ahead of you. Do it because you want to. That personal satisfaction, if for nothing else, counts a great deal and will save you regret when you’re all grey.
Learn and learn some more.
I’m not talking astrophysics here. Start by learning things that interest you, once you get the groove, it’ll be easier venturing out to other things. I’ve been learning about art and have developed great appreciation for it. I’m really fascinated by Picasso, Matisse, Da Vinci and many other vintage art legends. Before, I did not understand what made art so fascinating. Paint on a canvas right? I don’t blame you. Art is just so amazing. Its right in front of you and at the same time isn’t. You either see it or you don’t. When I picked up the books and delved a little deeper, my eyes began to see between the lines of art. Now, I’m all game when you begin talk of Pollock’s number one, The Guernica, The Oath of Horatii, Romans in the Decadence of the Empire and many others. (Those are names of paintings by the way J Masterpieces!)
Meet new folk
That’s right. Make deliberate efforts to meet new people while keeping proper relationships with the ones you already have. Grow your network. I believe you understand the logic of knowing a person who knows a person who knows a person to the infinite power. I heard somewhere that your network reflects your net worth. Who doesn’t want a few notes in the bank?
Know who you are
When you do, you know who you aren’t and that’s very important. You won’t sway to any pleasant beat that hums your earlobe.
Last but certainly not least, keep your faith in God. The world now grows ever so estranged to belief in God. Having faith in God almost looks nonsensical. A quick look at our origins however may suggest otherwise. Our forefathers, who made it possible for us to enjoy this land as we do now believed in God. National anthems and history in the world tell tales of great men who did great things and believed in God. Look at the stuff and the decadence we’re having to put up with each day. And now we think we know better? C’mon.
During an interview I had with Miss Tourism World Africa, (hehee, see what I did there?) I got influenced to read Dan Brown novels. I’ve read a couple now, heck, that dude is really talented. I’m currently reading another one of his, called Deception point. So far so good, it’s very captivating. Recommend any book you think we (Other readers and I) should read in the commenting section. I’ll appreciate it.
Call for Interviewees
I’d like to resume my interviews. If you think yourself a good candidate for that, or know someone who is, please inbox. Let’s all get encouraged by the amazing lives out there.
It is my hope that this renaissance (pardon, really wanted to use that word) will last this time. I burden you with the task of keeping me to it.