And life continues. I’m used to such responses to my sentiments and statements. I used to be worried and could keep my opinions to myself. Why risk doubted sanity? Not anymore.
The answers are a proof that the set expectations are violated. (Read lies.) How do you expect my answer to be on how was your night? Just cool and fine? Details. Honest details are my weakness.
I had a dream, a nightmare rather. We were busy, you and I making out in public and your dad was cheering the smooches! Your eyes were closed, your soul and mine had an external merger. Oh, yes! That was my night!
And that earns me a series of insults and a demand for apology! You shouldn’t ask for what you can hardly stomach. On top of the biggest crimes we commit, is the mask of politeness. Politeness does not give you the ticket to lie, truth as popularised, should always set you free.
Lying is strongly founded in the spirit and practice of conformity. The refusal to be real, the desire to be normal.
You owe no one an explanation by being different. We were all uniquely made. Just be you. Don’t conform.
Imposition especially in careers is the root of mediocrity in our society. Just be a teacher or a doctor, jobs are guaranteed. Why strain to follow your passion? How many artists do you see around? Why guess when you have a clear answer? Utazoea tu! ( The mentioned professions are mere examples, no beef whatsoever, unless you’re crazy, like me! Haha.)
On that line, the dreams are suppressed for mere reality. Reality that no one ought to be spontaneous, artistic, ambitious or out of the norm. It’s out of care, love and ignorance that the best is killed on conception. And out of fear, intimidation and being normal, there’s zero excitement in professional life.
Get out of the normal mentality. Dreams are exciting even though not always smooth. Actually, it is the tough and rough experiences that make exciting stories!
Do not expect your rebellion to be welcomed with open hands. The challenging situation is to convince the rest against status quo. Have facts. Be determined to take risks.
It is the ambitious, rebellious and not so normal people who bring change. Crazy and mad people run the world by popularising the unpopular ideas and practises. conformer are followers, crazy ones the leaders.
Even in a simple elective contest, it is those who promise change who are mostly elected. Change and normalcy are enemies. Normal people are basically followers, and never leaders. Why wait for a preacher to interpret the Bible for you while you can do it yourself? Why wait for others until lunch while you are hungry? Why hurt your urinary system till break yet you can walk out?
Rules and regulations are the steering wheels of most organisations. Culture and practices define a people. However, beyond that, let those rules and practises not to bar you from reaching your full potential.
If your family prides itself of great bankers and your passion is engineering or poetry, you don’t owe them a degree in banking, go pursue your passion. Make your own brand, a poet in a banking family!
I learned to accept the mad and crazy names when I learned that room for pretence and lies is diminished in my system. That does not mean I’m impolite, not at all. However, if my answer is no, no matter how desperate you are for yes, I won’t change. There is so much pleasure in doing the right thing, in this case, the truth and following one’s heart and desires unapologetically. This is crucial in self realisation, fulfilling the dreams.
Nothing hurts like watching those who followed the desires of their hearts yet there you are, glued to the family professions, kwetu ni familia ya walimu tangu jadi, kama sio kina baba, ningekuwa mwimbaji!
As a crazy fellow, my answer is simple, rot in regrets or be bold, it’s never that late to do the right thing, be mad and become that musician you were born to be.
Try to be who you were created to be, and you will be before you realize it. The trick is simple dare!
Elsewhere, mincing words like meat to hide the real issues is the biggest form of fear. I have a formula -crazy of course- get the words out on paper if your courage is still toddling , spill all and drop the words to the expected respondent. Otherwise, man up, (even if you’re a lady!) spill the words, carefully, tactfully
and make sure that your version is heard. Keeping all the feelings to yourself will burst your chest, mine has done so twice, the third time is not coming soon!