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Do It!

Hello dear reader!
You still there? Did you give up on me?

This post is going to be a bit random.
I turned 40 over one and a half years ago, (and I didn’t even post here about it!) and as seems to happen around that time and after in people’s lives, I have had opportunity to think about (my) life.

I have realised that I’m one of those people who gets ideas about something, then overthinks it and eventually the zeal dies away and the thing does not get done.

I think it’s one of the reasons I have not been blogging here as often as is possible. It’s not that I don’t have things to say, I often think of things to write, then I think of how I should compose it and so on, then I don’t get round to actually doing it and the many thoughts I had go away. And time goes away too.

Today, I read someone’s update on Facebook. It said something like ‘Do something today, that you will be happy about in a year.’

I recently also listened to a Ted Talk (I think. I’m not sure because it was my wife watching it on her phone and I was just hearing it). The talk was about procrastinators (like myself). It said procrastinators usually get to do things in a panic at the last minute before a deadline, so they *do* get to (barely) meet deadlines. However, there are things in life without a deadline (such as eating healthy, exercise, building wealth), so unless conscious effort is made, these things will remain undone, and the effects will be seen later.

So I have decided to take action. That is the reason I am actually writing this directly on my blog, as opposed to first composing it nicely offline, then editing it, then looking for appropriate images, then eventually (not) posting.

Moral of the story: Do it. Take action. Start now.


“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky


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It rained a bit yesterday (Monday) afternoon. In Nairobi, that normally translates to heavy traffic. I therefore decided to hang around in the office after working hours to let the traffic ease, before making my way home. One of my workmates was also around, and I heard him say he was waiting for my boss, who had left, to come back. This was fortunate for me because it meant the office was not going to be locked as early as it sometimes is. After a while, I finally left. Approaching the car, I noticed that the front left wheel was about half-deflated (or half inflated if you are the optimistic kind). This was the same wheel about which I had remarked to my wife on Saturday, saying that I hoped it did not have a slow puncture. This was after I had noticed that it was looking a bit deflated. We had inflated it that Saturday.

Sadly for me, the car’s jack got damaged a few months ago and I had not gotten round to replacing it, despite having gotten a puncture recently, and having had to borrow a jack from a friend. So here I was, with a deflated wheel and no jack to change it. The supermarket sharing the building with our office did not have any, and even if they would have been having, I did not have the money on me to pay for it.

Happily, my boss arrived after a few minutes and he, unlike me, had a jack in his car. I set it up and lifted the car. He came to check on my progress. The jack bent to one side and the car leaned forward! We lowered the car. The jack looked straight again. He suggested we try to place the jack on a flatter surface. We did. we successfully replaced the wheel. I thanked my boss and I went to wash my hands. As I was driving off, I thought the sound from the wheel was a bit odd. Then I remembered I had not tightened the nuts of the wheel.
And the journey home still had lots of traffic.

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