We’re six weeks into 2017 and the training wheels are officially off!
Mostly, I’m just glad that people have stopped chiming “Compliments of the season” (or it’s more sinister abbreviation, “Compliments”) to me. It’s a useless, empty phrase that’s endemic to this southern part of the African continent (read: JUST STOP SAYING IT ALREADY!!!).
1. DANCE: Early last year I took an unplanned hiatus from mainstream music and now I’m back on it and playing lots of catch-up to reinstate my non-existent “cool kid” status. Currently, this is my jam – I have had many a lone and invigorating dancing session to it:
2. THE BROWS: It has been said that your eyebrows should not look identical but related. If that’s the case then my eyebrows look like 4th cousins, 3 times removed. Where once my follicles colonised vast surface area of brow, sparse groupings now reside due to the casualty of too much waxing and threading. Restoration is imminent, thanks to the magical wonder that is Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Amen.
3. TEA: I blame the incessant rain we’ve been having since late 2016 (I’m so dramatic) for my renewed fondness for a cuppa. My go-to favourite is Rooibos tea with a splash of lemon or lime, and some honey. During the week I came across this chart in a Twitter thread where people where sharing their preferences when it comes to the strength of their tea.
I’m firmly in the “Nigerian Sunset” range and believe that the first two rows of shades of tea are unacceptable. You’re just drinking heated milk, mate.
4. RECOMMEND: So I have a question, “When people ask you to recommend a book, which one comes first to mind to suggest?”
For the longest time that book for me was Markus Zusak’s “The Book Thief” and then after that it was Abraham Verghese’s “Cutting for Stone”. As of now, though, my recommendation is definitely Yaa Gyasi’s “Homegoing”.
5. REMEMBER: Because the whole world needs this gentle reminder, no matter how bleak the state of the nation.
6. READ: I reached out to a friend after a particularly challenging working week, for some gems of wisdom (as someone who has been there and done that). He sent me the world’s best email that contained a link with this exact instruction: “When everything’s f**ked, read this essay…I’m serious. Read it when everything’s f**ked.”
So let me pay it forward: https://a16z.com/2012/06/15/the-struggle/
7. CELEBRATE: When good things happen to my people, man I can only celebrate like it’s happening to me. It costs us nothing to remind someone about how proud we are of them. Big or small achievements, let’s celebrate them all!