33 life lessons @ 33! (Part III)

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23. Karma is real. Karma may take its time but when it hits…you won’t know right from left. Be kind to all who you meet and relate with. Be kind.

24. You are blessed to be a blessing. Pesa ni maua. Don’t hoard money for selfish reasons. Help those who can’t repay you. Basically…don’t be a Grinch/Uncle Scrooge.

25. If your dream doesn’t scare you, its not big enough. I  am learning this first hand with my blossoming cookie business (https://m.facebook.com/parcelsofdelight)

26. Tithing and giving your offertory is a personal choice and decision. (PROV. 3:9–10)
(Mal. 3:10–12)

27. Chocolate, Cake and Chicken.In no particular order. Anyday…Anytime.

28. Vegetable samosas or those stuffed with potatoes or ndengu…will place you on my hit list with no chance of ever being pardoned…unless of course you come bearing medium sized spicy meat samosas. Then, I might just reconsider.

29. What you don’t repair…repeats itself. If you keep doing the same “unproductive” stuff over and over again, you need to pause, reflect and adjust accordingly. It curtails regret creeping up on you contantly.

30. Indecision and overthinking steal your joy. Pause…flip a coin and get on with it. I know..its easier said than done.

31. Everyone has got their special thing that floats their boat. Don’t be too quick to judge and don’t be too quick to jump into the boat with them. Stick to your lane.

32. There is never enough time…but there is now. Enjoy each and  every moment.

33. Reason is an enemy of Faith. Faith rarely makes sense. God loves us unconditionally and seeks to have a relationship of loving obedience with us. Step out in faith.

….this and many more life lessons have played out in my life.

What life lessons have played out in your life?

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33 Life lessons @ 33 (Part II)

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12. Serve humanity wherever and whenever you can. Start with your time, skills and worthwhile input before looking at monetary assistance.

13. Save money from your first salary/paycheck. Start small…save every 20sh coin or every 50/100shs note then gradually increase etc. Discipline and self control ni kila kitu.

14. Surround yourself with colleagues/friends from various fields/professions/interests. They broaden your perspective and sometimes crash your “rose coloured glasses”.

15. Enjoy life…don’t just endure it.

16. Death leaves more questions than answers. They mostly go unanswered.

17. Disuse atrophy is real. If you don’t challenge your mind, you gradually lose it.

18. Wishing to have children, having children and raising children are 3 different “ballgames”. You have to put in the work. Quite literally.

19. Children come fully packaged and equipped to pull at your heartstrings and sanity in equal measure. Truth be told, why else would a kid be a cuddly angel one minute and a miniature raging bull the next?

20. The boy child is an endangered species. The girl child is an empowered species. Boys are lacking ethically sound role models. Girls are increasingly getting spoilt for choice when choosing role models. Purposeful mentoring at home, in school and in church is paramount.

21. Have friends who are of the same age, younger than you and definitely older. You get to be the cool aunt or teacher who knows the latest gadgets and info plus you shangazaa them when you talk about old school stuff. Older friends tone down your ego and help you realize the universality of human experiences.

22. Social media…partake of it with a pinch of salt. Define yourself before you the world defines you. Stick to your lane.

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33 Life Lessons at 33

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1. Life is about sharing… during valleys and peaks in our lives. Its all about enriching relationships.

2. Family is everything. Like for real. Enough said.

3. Don’t be too hard on yourself…life is crazy but navigable.

4. There is power in what you say…Never speak out something negative about yourself or others

5. Don’t burn bridges…just unscrew the bolts…you never know what the future holds.

6. Time is fleeting. Time is precious. Time is emotion. Manage time…success follows suit.

7. Don’t bottle up your emotions coz you don’t want to look weak. Find your “person” or people who you can be free with…like be non-judgementally be free with. Its so refreshing and empowering to speak out.

8. If you are lost as to what your passion is,  ask friends and family what they think your strong suits are…reflect…then hit the road running.

9. Love songs truly do hit home when you fall in love. Plus they scorch and burn, when you’ve fallen out of love.

10. Don’t point fingers at others when things go wrong or don’t work out in your favour. Regroup…note down what went wrong, what life lesson do you pick then move on.

11. Kazi ya Bwana Yesu usifanye ili uonekane. Your labour/service should be prompted by love and love for God alone. All else fizzles out in due time.

#Part 2 is on its way!

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LIFE BEST EXPLAINED THROUGH SONGS

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There are days when music does the talking and today I jot down a few that mirror life on certain days.

1. “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette

An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay
It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late
And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think
It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought… it figures
Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
“Well isn’t this nice…”
And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think
It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought… it figures
Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything’s gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face
A traffic jam when you’re already late
A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break
It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
It’s meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn’t it ironic…don’t you think
A little too ironic…and, yeah, I really do think…
It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought… it figures
Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out
Helping you out

2. “Have You Ever?” by Brandy

Have you ever loved somebody so much
It makes you cry
Have you ever needed something so bad
You can’t sleep at night
Have you ever tried to find the words
But they don’t come out right
Have you ever, have you ever
Have you ever been in love
Been in love so bad
You’d do anything to make them understand
Have you ever had someone steal your heart away
You’d give anything to make them feel the same
Have you ever searched for words to get you in their heart
But you don’t know what to say
And you don’t know where to start
[Chorus]
Have you ever found the one
You’ve dreamed of all of your life
You’d do just about anything to look into their eyes
Have you finally found the one you’ve given your heart to
Only to find that one won’t give their heart to you
Have you ever closed your eyes and
Dreamed that they were there
And all you can do is wait for the day when they will care
[Chorus]
What do I gotta do to get you in my arms baby
What do I gotta say to get to your heart
To make you understand how I need you next to me
Gotta get you in my world
‘Cuz baby I can’t sleep
[Chorus]

3. “La La Latch” by Pentatonix

La la, la la la la la la la la la la,
La la la la, la la la la la la la la la la
La la, la la la la la la la la la la,
La la la la, la la la la la la la la la la
You lift my heart up when the rest of me is down
You, you enchant me even when you’re not around
If there are boundaries, I will try to knock them down
I’m latching on, babe, now I know what I have found
(Never)
Hush, don’t speak
When you spit your venom,
Keep it shut, I hate it
When you hiss and preach
About your new messiah
‘Cause your theories catch fire
I can’t find your silver lining
I don’t mean to judge
But when you read your speech, it’s tiring
Enough is enough
Covering my ears like a kid
When your words mean nothing I go la la la
I’m turning up the volume when you speak
If my heart can’t stop it, I find a way to block it, I go
La la, la la la la la la la la la la,
La la la la, la la la la la la la la la la
La la, la la la la la la la la la la,
La la la la, la la la la la la la la la la (never)
I’m so en-captured, got me wrapped up in your touch
Feel so enamored, hold me tight within your clutch
How do you do it? You got me losing every breath
What did you give me to make my heart bleed out my chest?
Yes, I’ve got you in my space
I won’t let go of you
Got you shackled in my embrace
I’m latching on to you (never let go, I won’t let go)
(I feel we’re close enough)
I can’t find your silver lining
(I wanna lock in your love)
I don’t mean to judge
(I feel we’re close enough)
But when you read your speech, it’s tiring
(I wanna lock in your love)
Enough is enough
Covering my ears like a kid
And I’m latching onto you la la la la
I’m turning up the volume when you speak
If my heart can’t stop it, I find a way to block it, I go
La la, la la la la la la la la la la,
La la la la, la la la la la la la la la la latching onto
La la, la la la la la la la la la la,
La la la la, la la la la la la la la la la (never)

4. “Cheap Thrills” by Sia

Come on, come on, turn the radio on
It’s Friday night and it won’t be long
Gotta do my hair, put my make-up on
It’s Friday night and it won’t be long ’til I
Hit the dancefloor
Hit the dancefloor
I got all I need
No I ain’t got cash
I ain’t got cash
But I got you baby
Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills!)
Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills!)
I don’t need no money
As long as I can feel the beat
I don’t need no money
As long as I keep dancing
Come on come on, turn the radio on
It’s Saturday and it won’t be long
Gotta paint my nails, put my high heels on
It’s Saturday and it won’t be long ’til I
Hit the dancefloor
Hit the dancefloor
I got all I need
No I ain’t got cash
I ain’t got cash
But I got you baby
Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills!)
Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills!)
I don’t need no money
As long as I can feel the beat
I don’t need no money
As long as I keep dancing
(I love cheap thrills!)
(I love cheap thrills!)
I don’t need no money
As long as I can feel the beat
I don’t need no money
As long as I keep dancing
Oh, oh
Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills!)
Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills!)
I don’t need no money
As long as I can feel the beat
I don’t need no money
As long as I keep dancing
La, la, la, la, la, la, la
(I love cheap thrills!)
La, la, la, la, la, la, la
(I love cheap thrills!)
La, la, la, la, la, la, la
(I love cheap thrills!)
La, la, la, la, la, la
(I love cheap thrills!)

5.  “That’s Not My Name” byThe Ting Tings
Four letter word just to get me along
It’s a difficulty and I’m biting on my tongue and I
I keep stalling, keeping me together
People around gotta find something to say now
Holding back, everyday the same
Don’t wanna be a loner
Listen to me, oh no
I never say anything at all
But with nothing to consider they forget my name (ame, ame, ame)
[Chorus:]
They call me ‘hell’
They call me ‘Stacey’
They call me ‘her’
They call me ‘Jane’
That’s not my name
That’s not my name
That’s not my name
That’s not my name
They call me ‘quiet’
But I’m a riot
Mary-Jo-Lisa
Always the same
That’s not my name
That’s not my name
That’s not my name
That’s not my name
I miss the catch if they throw me the ball
I’m the last chick standing up against the wall
Keep up, falling, these heels they keep me boring
Getting glammed up and sitting on the fence now
So alone all the time at night
Lock myself away
Listen to me, I’m not
Although I’m dressed up, out and all with
Everything considered they forget my name
(ame, ame, ame)
[Chorus]
[Jules in the background:]
This song was in my head, now it’s in my mind,
Call it, reach it, get some words and get some timing,
Though I realize, I cannot emphasize,
I’ll stick around, but just a promise, nothing binding,
However can’t you see, that you’re so desperately,
A standing joker like a vocal one-liner,
Instead of sing-along, this song is monotone,
I gotta get some soul, gotta get some feeling….
Are you calling me darling?
Are you calling me bird?
Are you calling me darling?
Are you calling me bird?

6. “Hello, My Name Is” by Matthew West

Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh
Hello, my name is regret
I’m pretty sure we have met
Every single day of your life
I’m the whisper inside
That won’t let you forget
Hello, my name is defeat
I know you recognize me
Just when you think you can win
I’ll drag you right back down again
‘Til you’ve lost all belief
Oh, these are the voices. Oh, these are the lies
And I have believed them for the very last time
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh
I am no longer defined
By all the wreckage behind
The one who makes all things new
Has proven it’s true
Just take a look at my life
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh
What love the Father has lavished upon us that we should be called His children
I am a child of the one true King
What love the Father has lavished upon us that we should be called His children
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh
I am a child of the one true King
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh…

7. “Get Up” by Mary Mary

Layin’ Low
Rest n’ pause
Sleeping long
Slow motion
Gonna do
Shoulda, coulda, woulda done
Excuses
What are you afraid of?
Don’t you know what you’re made of?
One of God’s greatest creations
Take this invitation now
Get Up
‘Cause you can’t stop
Get Up
Got a lot to do
24 hours
Almost gone
Get Up
Don’t sit there
Get Up
If you wanna get there
Clocks don’t stop and
Time won’t wait
He said
She said
They said
What do you say?
It’s your dreams
Your choice
Your time
Your life
So don’t you
Don’t you
Miss it
What are you afraid of?
Don’t you know what you’re made of?
One of God’s greatest creations
Take this invitation now
Get Up
‘Cause you can’t stop
Get Up
Got a lot to do
24 hours
Almost gone
Get Up
Don’t sit there
Get Up
If you wanna get there
Clocks don’t stop and
Time won’t wait
Welcome to the rest of your life
From now on, just try
To live more, want more, work a little harder
Dance more, laugh more, be a little smarter
Hug a little longer, love a little stronger
You’ve been down but now it’s time to
Get Up
‘Cause you can’t stop
Get Up
Got a lot to do
24 hours
Almost gone
Get Up
Don’t sit there
Get Up
If you wanna get there
Clocks don’t stop and
Time won’t wait [2x]
One more time, Say…
Get Up [x9]

8. “Never Too Far Gone” by Jordan Feliz

I have loved you from the start
I have seen your hurting heart (your hurting heart)
And you feel so lonely, but you keep on hiding
‘Cause you feel so guilty for what you’ve done, but
There’s no distance too far, that I can’t reach you
There’s no place that’s so dark, that I can’t find you
Anywhere that you are, if you need proof
Take a look at these scars, and know I love you
Doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter what you’ve done
You are never, you are never, never too far gone
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
You have run down every road
And you’ve lost your way back home (your way back home)
And you feel so dirty, you know you’re unworthy
Feeling undeserving of any love, but
There’s no distance too far, that I can’t reach you
There’s no place that’s so dark, that I can’t find you
Anywhere that you are, if you need proof
Take a look at these scars, and know I love you
Doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter what you’ve done
You are never, you are never, never too far gone
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
You will never outrun my love, my love, my love
You will never outrun my love, my love, my love
You will never outrun my love, my love, my love
You will never outrun my love (you will never outrun my love)
There’s no distance too far, that I can’t reach you
There’s no place that’s so dark, that I can’t find you
Anywhere that you are, if you need proof
Take a look at these scars, and know I love you
Doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter what you’ve done
You are never, you are never, never too far gone
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
Never too far gone
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
Never too far gone

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What songs best describe your life?