Let me give you a recap of where I have been.
December: This festive season was different for me. Contrary to the norm of travelling upcountry, I found myself working till the 24th which meant I had to make my own plans. I ended up spending Christmas with my maternal grandparents, which was a first for them having all their grandchildren with them. To mark our first Christmas with them, my grandfather made each of us plant trees. I remember leaving the house at around two in the afternoon, walking to the furthest end of the farm. My grandfather marked ten points, two for each grandchild to dig and then plant the trees the next day. Whenever we made mistakes, he would take the jembe, demonstrate how it is meant to be done and give it to the next person. According to him, we had all the time so we would stay there till the sunset if need be.
January: It was the most eventful month for me. I was out every weekend which is a rare occurrence. My cousin had a ruracio and it was at this point that my aunts started giving me advice and enquiring if I have someone. They all had different opinions and some felt that if they could go back in time, they wouldn’t get married at a young age while some wouldn’t do anything differently. Some thought that at my age I should build myself first and others told me not to wait for too long. One of my closest friends had a party to celebrate his achievements and we had a good time surrounded by family and friends.
February: I turned 25. I have been here for a quarter of a century. My mantra for my 24th year was just do it which I think I lived by in one way or the other. This year it is take it easy. Sometime end of last year and this year I have been very unsettled, things were not going the way I wanted which led to anxiety and some sleepless nights. I am slowly learning to do what I can and leave the rest, I still get anxious but I am learning to manage it. I started making some home improvements, I spent 99% of my time in the bedroom but now I can sit in the sitting room have dinner, get some work done and chill. Eventually, I will create a space that I love.
March: This was a lonely month for me. I love having my own space, and when the pandemic hit Kenya I barely moved around. It was work then home and there was only so much I could do to entertain myself. Watching series became boring. I tried various recipes and slept more often. I would look at Pinterest, change the arrangement of the bedroom and sitting room then put it back. That was my level of boredom. I also hosted a few of my friends for the first time. I never have visitors so it was pretty exciting for some of them to come and see where I live.
April: I am barely surviving, but some days are better than others. With the current pandemic, I think I have read all the articles about the virus, which can be overwhelming. I know that this too shall pass and afterwards, I will need to do some serious restructuring. I am trying to read more novels and escape reality, work out sometimes and revive my love for taking pictures which means I will write more.
Here are a few things I can rave about:
Books I have enjoyed include Stay with me, Homegoing and The Budding Tree. I might reread them in the future. I wish I could get free pdfs of such books because I always end up buying or borrowing them. I know if my aunt reads this she will remember I have three I need to return. I have been using Amazon Kindle to get some of my books. My current read is Under the Udala Trees.
Working out: I have tried using apps and videos online but I am still inconsistent. I tried working out every day, changed to three times a week and on some days I would do half the workout. I am trying again, this time using MadFit videos. I feel I might stick to this one because she doesn’t repeat the sets in the workout. For ten minutes a day, I push myself to at least finish the workout.
Photography: I loved taking pictures, then the spark just died. At some point, I stopped nurturing my creativity and I think that is why I am more anxious. Getting the perfect shot would take two hours and I loved the process. I have started taking pictures again, looking through Pinterest to get ideas and I cannot wait to see what I come up with.