I couldn’t bring myself to write something today. My creative energy went home. I am also nursing muscle crump’s from today’s morning jog or maybe from yesterday’s full body workout. I kind of like the pain. It feels like I could get addicted to work out pain. Even with the restlessness, I know I’ll be back with more work outs tomorrow.
So to get myself back in the mood of writing, I’ll answer a few random questions that people rarely ask about.
I love questions. I am curious by nature. Random questions can build a friendship, place someone in a bro zone or sister zone or cause one to get ghosted. People speak from the abundance of their hearts. What fun way to get to know their hearts through questions posed in a easy environment.
- What’s one thing that you own that you should probably get rid off but just can’t?
Shoes. I was a hoarder of shoes. My mum calls me Elizabeth Marcos because of the many pairs of shoes I have at home. Shoes I never wear. Will not wear. I have a couple of worn out flat shoes and cute heels that no longer fit. I should get rid of them. I know. Except,in some way,I am hoping I will get a soul to the worn out shoes. Or will be creative and artistic to create something cool out of the worn out shoes. As for the heels, they act as accessories to my tiny shoe rack. If I got rid of them,then I risk having a shoe rack full of black loafers,sneakers and ugly flat shoes.
- How many oceans have you swam in?
Just one. The Indian Ocean. Wait. The Magnificent Indian Ocean. Bara Hindi. Why is it called the Indian Ocean though?
I always have different experiences whenever I visit the coast. My most memorable one being snorkeling at Kisite Mpunguti island. It is a one in a lifetime experience. Swimming with dolphins. Getting a view of the sea bed and basking in the middle of a beach that’s in the deep sea. I realised that I get traumatised when I get under water. I am very comfortable on top. Not under. It terrifies me. Makes me feel like I am not in control. I like being in control. And being alive too.
- What was your favourite T.V show when you were young?
¶Tausi ndege wangu,ndege wangu wa bahari,…… I loved Tausi. I looked forward to watching it . My favourite characters were Lindi, Master sugu and a Mganga Kalumanzira. Now, can you guess my age?
- What language besides your native language would you like to be fluent in?
I would love to be fluent in my native language first. My mother tongue. I would love to know and understand Luhya idioms,and the language in totality. Then I would go for French and Spanish. I know a little bit of French from a course I took in my third year in campus and through the Duo lingo app. I know nothing about Spanish though. Je m’apelle Marion. Comment Tu appeles? Ca va? Okay bye.
- Favourite place you visited?
Kilasiya falls in Marangu Tanzania. My soul yearns to be in Kilasiya. I will definitely go back there. The air is so fresh, you feel like it’s energy is cleansing up your system. You feel like you are being healed. Your lungs feel fresh. Your mind rested and rejuvenated. The nature is healing. To get to the falls,one has to have some endurance. Enduring the stones,allowing the guides to show you the best path until you get to the bottom of the fall. Like a mother’s Bossom. Warm and comfortable. You see rainbows formed against the water crystals and sun rays. The water hitting the ground with a thud, falling and sputtering. Hitting stones,trees and flowing through the river. You hear the sound of water. You feel your feet on the stones. Your gaze on vegetation,the fall and the rays of the sun. Breath of fresh air. Perfect Feng Shui experience.
- What’s your favourite thing about being single?
That I get to work on myself. Healing, learning and unlearning happens in this phase of life. Heal so that I don’t carry my traumas to my next relationship and also because I need to live free from trauma. Live ,occupy space ,enjoy life and follow my purpose. I can’t follow my purpose if I live in fear and with traumas. It is amazing and fulfilling. To know that you are enough on your own. To love yourself until it hurts,to set boundaries ,set standards by treating yourself right. Enjoy the solitude that comes with it. I also love that I get to stay naked indoors.
- How old were you when you learned to ride a bike?
I never learnt. It’s one of those things I wish I did as a kid. I would love to learn. To have a teacher that’s patient because I fear bruises. Sometimes I picture myself with a smoky eye, wearing a black leather jacket,white v neck t-shirt that holds my abs(I don’t have abs but let’s pretend),black pencil jeans with a shiny black belt, black knee high leather boots , black rectangular sun glasses and a retro hat standing beside my black sleek electric motor cycle. Looking all bad ass. But I can’t ride a bike. Or balance in one.
- Worst pick up line?
Some young man stopped me in the midst of my jog and all he said was, Alafu?(and then?)
Is that a greeting even? This should be added to the list of red flags.
- Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
Sure. Do you hunnie. Wear whatever colour that brings the best out of you. I live and let live.
- Are you a morning or night person?
There are evenings I have so much energy you’d think I’m possessed. I’ll do all chores,and still have energy left to write and do something else. There are mornings I wake up with this kind of energy too. Although with morning,I struggle to wake up. I’m always half asleep when the sun is in my room. I literally have to talk myself into getting out of bed by having a morning routine. Then there are evenings I only want to sleep. I get in the house, collapse in my couch and only wake up at midnight to ease myself only to realise I am not in bed.
- What is your astrological sign? Sagittarius
- Where would you bring your hidden treasure if you had one?
In a banana plantation. I would dig a hole,place the treasure in the earth then cover it. Then I would mark it by placing a stick or by planting a tree.
- What is one goal you would like to accomplish this year?
Move houses. I am ready to live in a spacious house. In a beautiful environment.
- What’s one thing you can’t leave the house without?
A phone. My phone. It is a means of communication,a source of direction and information,weather predictor, source of entertainment and access to money.
- What’s your favourite book?
I don’t have a favourite book. Most books I loved came at a time when I needed them. Case of the teacher appearing when a student is ready. I have so many books I loved. Most were inspiring, uplifting,informative and educative while others opened up my world to another realm I didn’t think existed. Like I get to see the world from someone else’s perspective.
Left to tell by Immaculee left me depressed. I cried throughout. I was scared most of the time. Angry and other times with mixed emotions. A reality that there are humans and human kind. That one can rise after so many tragedies in life. That one would forgive people that murdered an entire family and still give back to the same society that took away her blood family. See. This book left me with a mark. That I remember it two years later. It scarred me.
At peace in the light by Danion Brinkley tried to quench my curiosity about the after life. I picked up this book in the street on the day a friend had shared with me her experience with death. I was curious to know if death really is the end game for all of us or if it’s just a passage to another realm or just a means of recycling.
The secret by Rhonda Bryne taught me to harness the Law of attraction. Then there are books like Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg, Dear Daughter by Maya Angelou, Becoming by Mitchell Obama,On becoming ,Smart money woman by Arese Ugwu, Chimamnda Ngozi’s the feminist manifesto in 15 suggestions,Who moved my cheese and many Others. Kenyan writer Joan Thatiah with Damn girl stop that, you are too Pretty to be broke, things I will tell my daughter and a letter to my son. All of which I loved.
I am also drawn to African writers. People who write about the African heritage and history. They are the keepers of our history and responsible for informing the future generations about our culture. Ngugi Wa thiongo and Margaret Ogolla have done me proud. They say the surest way to corrupt and control a man is to take away his identity. Do you know who you are?