Hello beautiful people,
With 3 weeks left of the year (how CRAZY is that?), the time has come for me to reflect on the year. When 2018 started, I had a completely different view of how the year would go. In my head, I was heading back to Melbourne for university in February and everything else that happened would work its way around that. Little did I know that 2018 would be the year I took an unintentional hiatus from my studies and ended up working for most of the year instead. So let’s have a little run down of some of the things that happened this year which I would have missed out on had I gone back to uni as planned.
- Work experience
Although being at uni this year was my goal, having spent the whole year working and earning my own money (even though it really was not much at all – you gotta start somewhere), I am grateful. Grateful to have been given the opportunity to add things to my CV and to learn things I probably wouldn’t have been able to had I been sitting in a lecture hall in Melbourne all year. Getting a degree is very important, yes, but so is having some actual work experience.
This year, I’ve had the privilege of seeing Major Lazer, Burna boy, Sauti Sol, Blinky Bill, Muthoni Drummer Queen among others perform live. Now, music is my first love and seeing it live is something I will always cherish as it really can be a life changing experience. Major Lazer left me with no voice and a body in pain from dancing, Burna Boy left me SHOOK because of how incredible his voice sounds live and everyone else just left me in a trance as I saw them all in one night at Blankets & Wine! This year has been the year of concerts and I ain’t complaining!
3. Friends and family
Having been separated from my friends for the better part of 4 years and my sister for 6 years, having them move back to Nairobi after graduating university has been a treat. This year has been filled with endless J’s Thursdays, waaay too much alcohol (RIP Debra’s liver) and many crazy stories and adventures with some of my favourite people.
4. All the shitty stuff
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a lot of fun this year but that does not necessarily mean it has been an easy one. It’s been filled with the same shit I have been dealing with for almost 5 years now and it has been utterly exhausting in many ways. I started 2018 in debt and i’m ending 2018 in even more debt. This year, like the past 5 years has taught me the art of patience and learning to let go of things that you have no control over (which, for most of us, is a loooot of stuff). The things I can control, I do – things like who I let in to my space and who I cut out of my life.
And there you have it, there’s my little run down of the year that was 2018. Safe to say it’s been very up and down and I am very glad it’s over. how was your 2018? did life throw you some crazy curve balls like it did me? Here’s hoping 2019 is a better year for all of us.
Sending you all good vibes,