07 Jan Forging The Path
We Cannot Become What We WANT By Remaining What We ARE
A wise woman once said, that if you are not obsessed with your life, then you need to change it.
Now I understand that to some of us that may sound vain, but genuinely think about it, when has Awesome ever come from just Okay or Zero Effort? As New years go, I want you to reflect on what you intend to manifest in your personal life, work life and country- yes I said Country because that too is indeed your business.
Once you are done dreaming ask yourself, “What am I going to do about it?” Yes, YOU, remember “no action no change”. Last year, I had a number of people come up to me and say how much life in Kenya really “sucked”, I mean if it was not Billions of Shillings being stolen, it was people dying of Malaria- (Malaria People!) or living within a rotting, trash-filled city, or the hopeless state of unemployment or under-employment.
I even had a university lecturer admit to me that it was getting difficult to convince students to take their studies seriously because after that what next? One person also went so far as to tell me that civil society should step up because they were the only ones left to speak for the people.
On the other hand, I also had people walk up to me and say “What can I do? I don’t know what to do to change our situation or even fix it- is that even possible?” Well, let me tell you we can change for the better and we all have a role to play.
For starters, ignorance is not bliss, and neither is apathy or indifference. Information is power-if you wield it well. Many of us are aware of devolution only because you elected a governor and MCAs- With the aim of bringing resources closer to the people, ask yourself what has devolution done for me lately, and how can I have a slice of that cake?
Secondly, collaborate, we are communal by heritage, so where did we lose that along the way? A bundle of firewood is harder to break than a single stick. Let us join our collective power and have our voices heard and demands actualized, let us refuse to be herded like mindless sheep good people. Here’s the ringer ” You only need to find like-minded people to take action.”
Third, and certainly not final. Be Bold; whoever said fortune favours the bold was not wrong, what if our forefathers never fought for freedom? Or what if Rosa Parks did not sit on the bus? What if Wangari Mathai did not strip at Uhuru Park? My friend nothing good comes easy. This is a battle for the future we want to see, the present we want to live in and the legacy we want to leave behind. Arm your minds with knowledge of the present and speak to the issues and the country we ALL want to live in.