Where The Rich Lay Their Head

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Green Park, Athi River

I need to Pause and ponder how life is. How different yet the same we all are in this life. So I am currently working in Machakos and this job has given me the chance to see different parts of the same place. Life is never the same no matter how close you are to each other. In Kenya for instance we are a vast diversified nation that is trying to blend and work together. Yet we have this invisible line that is separating us in many different ways. The Rich vs The Poor. The gap is yet increasing and pretty soon it will be the very rich verses the very poor. How is life so the same yet so different at the same time? People live together yet it feels like they are so far apart. Machakos is a cosmopolitan town that has intergrated people from all walks of life. Whether to work or live, and people are building houses and gated communities so the value of land has really sky rocketed, they coexist. From Mlolongo, Syokimau to Athi River, there oozes a sense of opulence, wealth and expensiveness, if that is word.

There is a stark difference between the haves and the have nots in Machakos County just like any other major town in our country. You will find a Gated Community Estate bordering a slum area. This symbiotic relationship has always existed from time immemorial. This is because one cannot do without the other. Those in Gated Communities depend on those living in slum areas. The majority poor provide services like Nannies, Cleaning the compound, watching over the compound and even laundry. The rich want those services and the poor need the rich in order to make a living. So win win for both.

I have found that there are those who are rich who feel entitled. Like you should be working according to their timeline and convenience. They have this air of superiority that makes them seem arrogant, some are, some just force it upon themselves. I have also found that there are those who are poor and also feel entitled. Like since you have made it, you owe it to them to give in to their demands. Both sides tend to suffer from inferiority complex or even superiority complex. Therefore coexistance between them becomes difficult.

I have had a chance to enter into homes that are wealthy to the point that you ask yourself whether you are really living or merely existing on this earth. Then you walk into a home where they are so poor that you wonder what makes you so specail that you have all your basic needs. So it’s a paradigm of sorts. Two worlds existing as one yet so different it is difficult to match or even explain the two together.

Where the rich lay their head is in great wealth. Where the poor lay their head is in great poverty. Yet when we all sleep we have pretty much the same dreams if not nightmares. When we go to the hospital we are treated for the same illnesses. When we eat we eat the same ingredients, they may be cooked differently but rice is just rice no matter the location. Dividing ourselves into two will only lead to more conflict as each tries to define their own identity expecting the other to conform to their personal norm of what is right.

As a parting shot I will leave you with this post that I stumbled upon on Facebook speaking of the picture below “As we tear each other apart because of politics and tribe, remember at the end of the day, we go home to one side of this wall.”

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Nothing speaks of reality like the above picture does. If we let tribalism, politics, social status divide us we should know that there is only one fence that separates us all. You will all end up on one side of the fence. In a perfect world, there would be no fence, as we would all treat each other as a single humanity unit that deserves every opportunity the world has to offer. Sure you may be lucky or unlucky to cross over the fence depending on which side you cross from, but life has a way of balancing out things. Every man is cut according to his cloth and size, so they say, yet that should not stop you from believing you can change your fate for the better. Life is about YOU and  what YOU can make of it. Therefore choose which side of the fence you want your life to be. No one else can do that for you.

“If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree”

Jim Rohn

He said it. I could not have put it any other or better way.

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Mulunga

A life without reliable Wi-Fi

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You should see how people walk around town looking for Wi-Fi, you would thinking they are trying to find Nemo in the big ocean of life. Guys walk into a café or restaurant and instead of asking for the menu, they ask the waiter ‘Is there Wi-Fi?’ like the food would not go well if they cannot access the Wi-Fi. You should also see the excitement in people’s faces when they enter a place and their phone is showing ‘Unsecured Wi-Fi’, it’s like they have just hit the jackpot. Wi-Fi dependence has caused life to be about Social media and technology. We have become too dependent on the World Wide Web that even a simple problem is Googled. Have a headache Google will tell you that you have Migraines, want to be happy? Google will tell you buy that Ferrari even though you know you cannot afford it. Continue reading “A life without reliable Wi-Fi”

When you cannot handle uncomfortable silences in a relationship

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Every relationship starts with a hello. Conversation. You talk up that woman to ask her for a date. Conversation. You ask that guy about his life when you are together. Conversation. The relationship thrives on constant communication between two people. Without it the relationship would not even exist in the first place. Talk is important in all relationships, whether it is romantic or not. Romantic ones are the ones that really need to feed on constant and meaningful communication.

When you begin dating, you are always excited to speak to each other, all the time, every day if possible. You spend half the nights on the phone talking about anything and everything. From the latest movie, to the weather and even food. Every day it seems like you are talking about something different even if it may be the same thing you talked about the last three days. It’s still exciting to hear about his first basketball dunk that he has told you since the month began. It’s still interesting to hear about her new hairstyle that she got the last two weeks. You’re both having fun with each other’s mundane tales that may bore your friends. Continue reading “When you cannot handle uncomfortable silences in a relationship”

Live in your ‘Time Zone’ get off that rat race

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“Someone is still single…someone got married and ‘waited’ 10 years before having a child, there is another who had a baby within one year of marriage.
Someone graduated at the age of 22, yet waited 5 years before securing a good job: and there is another who graduated at 27 and secured employment immediately!
Someone became CEO at 25 and died at 50 while another became CEO at 50 and lived to 90 years.
Everyone works based on their ‘Time Zone’
People can have things worked out only according to their pace.
Work in your ‘Time Zone’
Your colleagues, friends, younger ones might ‘seem’ to go ahead of you.
Don’t envy them, it’s their ‘Time Zone’ You are in yours!
Hold on, be strong, and stay true to yourself. All things shall work together for your good” Continue reading “Live in your ‘Time Zone’ get off that rat race”

Dear Diary: Feeling a little worn out

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18/07/09 I ain’t doing too well. I feel like am staring into an open space or plunging downwards at a high speed. I am drowning into my own misery. I need to be with someone, anyone. I know I said I can’t be with anyone if I don’t love them but the people I love don’t seem to love me back. I need to start over and be my own person. Try and be happy. Maybe being with M ain’t a bad thing. Maybe I should give him a chance you know; you never know things could be great. Great romances don’t have to be perfect. Continue reading “Dear Diary: Feeling a little worn out”