20 days into 2015 and so far, so good. It’s not like I was expecting my whole world to change in a night, no I’m realistic. I take one day at a time, baby steps. But I have goals that I wrote down at the end of 2014, and I write affirmations to myself everyday in my journal. Fatma, you are beautiful and smart. Change your mindset and stay positive, only good things will come out of it, inspirational quotes. That kind of thing. I woke up in the morning healthy, in my comfortable bed and knowing I can have breakfast. Do you realise the number of blessings you have in your life?
While I was in Mombasa for the December holidays, my little brother and I went bike riding at The Bamburi Nature Trail. It was so much fun, and after that my legs went numb and I kinda just wanted to sleep on the ground till evening, if my tummy wasn’t calling 😀 Not too far from the Nature Trail is Nakumatt Nyali and this Naivas mall that had a Java Coffee Shop in it so we headed straight there, a bit ironic coming from all that exercising 😀 My hijab was drenched in sweat, the whole time I was paranoid about running into someone I know and having to say hello and hug, kiss kiss kiss, you know.. The Swahili way.
Anyway, Nas (baby brother) ordered the English fish and chips and some juice, I ordered some milkshake and a nice big burger 🙂 And when we were done stuffing our faces, we went to the stage and got a matatu to town where I overheard the most interesting conversation of the year.
The matatu driver had his left hand on the steering wheel and the right supporting his head on the wheel as he waited for the matatu to fill up. The tout is busy yelling out, ‘Posta Posta Posta’, while pointing his index finger to the sky (because town is up). Finally, two people get in and we head on to the sky. The tout asks in Swahili ‘What are you thinking about? Don’t worry we’ll recover it’. From the flow of the conversation, I could tell they had just been forced to bribe a police officer on the road and they had nothing on them. The driver goes on talking about how it’s a sticky situation, but it’s okay. He’ll stay up till 2 and replace the money. But there’s another problem, he hasn’t eaten since yesterday (it’s 3 PM by the way) and he got laid last night so he’s famished. Yes, he said that on public transport 😀
What am I trying to say? Several things.
1. We should respect everyone around us, you never know what they are struggling with in life. Just be nice. You don’t have to go hugging everyone but just be nice, courteous.
2. Be grateful for what you have. Have a positive mindset. You have more than you think you have and you need to be grateful for.
3. It is important to have goals and to accomplish them. This driver had to replace the money lost before the end of the night, can you think of how many trips to and from town those would be? Set goals. And push yourself to achieve them.
*4. Don’t watch series. Yes I said it. I’m stuck watching Homeland Season 3 and I just want to finish it and move on with my life! I kid. But seriously though, is anyone here like me? Once you discover a great new series your life just stops until you see the end? That’s why I prefer movies, an hour and a half and it’s done. The point of this post is one thing. This year, you have a clean slate. A blank canvas. Whatever metaphor you’d like a to use, you have endless possibilities this year. It’s something to be grateful for 🙂 I’ll have a second fresh start at the beginning of the Islamic year, but hey, I’d like to get myself in check sooner 😀
The year starts and you have all this energy and positive thoughts but its all dwindles off in the middle, you can’t let that happen 🙂
Ever heard of Lou Holtz? He’s an American football coach, and at age 20 he wrote down 107 dreams, 102 of which came true. They included having dinner at The White House, meeting the Pope and landing a plane.
His tips on goal setting?
1) Decide what you want to achieve and the date.
2) What talents you must acquire to do this.
3) Who do you have to work with to achieve this.
4) What problems must you overcome to achieve this.
5) Have a plan.
6) Share with others why they will benefit.
Summary? Dream big, and make it happen.
For the first time in my short life, I wrote down my dreams and goals. Then I shared them with someone I trust and love, and we intend to remind each other of our goals and stay focused. I promise to myself they will come into fruition.
This year will be a great year, I put it out to the universe and it will come back to me.
Have a beautiful day!
Love, Fatma x x
All photos taken on my Google Nexus 5 phone.