Happy New Year 2015 to all my blog readers, thank you so much for reading and a special one to those who comment from time to time. A blog is nothing without its readers, thank you!
I have a lot of things I intend to achieve in the year 2015 and onward, they are not really resolutions but goals. A year ago, I did a 30 things to do before 30 list, but it remains private for now 🙂 I will publish it once I hit 30 and I can take a look back and see what I have achieved so far.
But in our quest for bigger, faster, better things, we sometimes forget to reflect on the past and just be content that we are alive and still have the chance to achieve more. Reflection should not mean complacence and accepting the status quo, but rather should spur you on further if you can see how far you have come and just what you are capable of.
Here are some highlights of 2014 for me:
Jeremy Turned 1 on March 30th
Being a mother has of course, made me a better person. Jeremy is a healthy and energetic young boy and there is nothing more I could ask for. Sooner than later, he shall be joining me here in Japan. I cannot wait for that day!
I turned 26 on April 23rd
Well, all I had to do is continue breathing, and eating, and the years will roll by, but for me a birthday is important even if I don’t like to make a big deal on the actual day. I am grateful for every chance to be alive, every extra day.
Master’s degree in July
Finally, after almost 3 years I got my master’s degree from Strathmore University. Thanks to the Safaricom Academy for the sponsorship.
Meeting Wole Soyinka at the Storymoja 2014 Festival
I still haven’t done a post on my blog, but I met The Man, and he signed my two books! Ake, The Years of Childhood and You Must Set Forth at Dawn. He was an honoured guest at the Storymoja Festival and he gave a lecture in memory of Wangari Maathai. That link is my summary of his lengthy speech.
And on the second day, I also attended another of his sessions and I got to ask him some questions, can you believe it guys? I got a chance to ask Wole Soyinka questions. This man makes me feel like my English level is rudimentary, at best.
It seemed Dr. Auma Obama was his right hand person (even if she is seated to his left in the below picture), so I guess I got to meet her too. She’s an author, activist, philanthropist and also Obama’s half sister. Read her interview in Time Magazine.
Flying to Japan
I waited for almost a year after getting the scholarship to get on the plane to Japan. It was not an easy decision to make, I had to resign from my previous job as an IT auditor with a big 4 firm, I had to leave my son behind for some months because logistics couldn’t allow him to come with me immediately, and I had to research in a field I am interested in, but which has little in relation to my previous work experience.
In the end, I am glad I came. Japan is amazing. Sure, there are some things I don’t like about it (shh.. I didn’t just say that), but there are many things I love about this country. I look forward to the next 3 and a half years or so, and I am enjoying my experience so far. So much to see, so much to do.
I just came back this morning from Tokyo, where I spent about 8 days. Took the subway for the first time. The train network in Tokyo is dizzying, it feels like you’re living in the future 🙂 Before that, I had been living and continue to live in a relatively quiet city of Kanazawa. You almost forget you are living in a country best known back home for its technological advances.
Anyway, the sights and sounds from Tokyo will be another blogpost.
There were very many moments that stood out for me in 2014, but I cannot highlight them all. I read a lot of books, at least 13 from my book reviews. I also read quite a number of lengthy articles (or essays) on the web, from varied fields. Reading for the pleasure of reading. For instance, Aeon magazine is one source of essays I spend weekends reading. I also watched a number of TED Talks (and yes they are all kind of motivational at the end -yay, we can do it!-, but I like to hear about amazing stuff people are doing). I learned to solve the Rubik’s cube, crossing off an item on my 30’s bucket list.
Here’s a toast to 2015, let’s do it!