THE “IMPECCABLE” CURVE OF LIFE

Generally society pegs some expectations in us right from birth, from learning¬† how to cry through winnowing stage, crawling and later on enrolling to kindergarten. It goes further, whereby the society expects us to pass all our national exams and be admitted in “good high schools”, finally get a slot in campus otherwise you will be perceived a failure. More frustrating is the fact that, society expects you to get a well paying job immediately even with hardly any experience and no sooner that happens than your parents start insisting on marriage. Its a tough journey that leaves many falling on the way side due to desperation, financial distress or just being unlucky. Overtime many people have developed unorthodox ways to create an impression that they have ‘conquered’ the curve of life though deep inside they are haunted by guilt. A good example is one Lance Armstrong who shockingly admitted of having used performance enhancing stimulants. We are speaking of a world icon as far as the sporting fraternity is concerned. He was quoted in the Oprah Winfrey talk show saying he did not invent the culture of doping neither could he stop it. His mediocre reasoning was simply not to change the status quo.Funny enough, he did not feel guilty of cheating himself and the world. In fact he said using performance enhancing stimulants created a level playing field since in a race of typically 200 cyclists, only four did not use the stimulants. He simply built a legend made of deceit and the ghosts came back to haunt him.

Dominique Strauss Kahn was the former chief of IMF who was forced to eat the humble pie after it was alleged that he sexually assaulted a New York hotel maid. His career as an economist, politician,a lawyer and a financial mogul was brought to its knees by a single woman. He was once the man to beat in the recently concluded French elections as opinion polls rated him as the favourite.

The likes of Tiger Woods and other prominent global public figures have had their careers shuttered or left struggling from scratch. England’s royal family have filed numerous of litigations to sue media houses and whistle blowers who leak any negative information relating to them. The late Princess Diana died controversially after separating with former husband Prince Charles.One version of the story purports that Diana and her friend from a prominent family in France were trying to evade photographers. Millions of marriages across the world have been broken as a result of cheating. Cheaters believe in one principle, that they will never be caught in the act.

In my simple research, I conclude that all this falls to the “impeccable” curve of life. Somehow the victims help in drawing the picture for fear of rejection,negative publicity and hurting their egos. They would rather hide their heads in the sand and assume no one will ever realise their hypocrisy.Its very unfortunate when you live a life of denial, be real, accept your mistakes and appreciate were are imperfect beings.

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TRIBUTE TO A FALLEN MENTOR

TRIBUTE TO A FALLEN MENTOR

Pau as was commonly referred, was a gentleman who was good at what he did, from dealing with young people, teaching and speaking eloquent Swahili, being a prowess administrator with a good sense of humour…the list is endless. Besides, he was a shrewd disciplinarian, hawk eyed, with an incredible memory who easily identified students with their voices let alone their countenances. I would easily qualify him as an ingenious man who has left an impeccable and rich legacy. Pau was a mentor who tremendously impacted positively in our lives.He was bestowed with a passion to instill self discipline and nurturing young people. Regardless of all this tributes, Pau was loved and hated in equal measure.His death got me by surprise in an akin way to that of Wangari Maathai, Steve Jobs and Kamau Wanjiru.In my own little world, am mourning a true hero who was instrumental in curving out my life at that delicate stage of my teenage hood.Steve Jobs said,’no one wants to die even the people who want to to go to heaven…..and yet death is the destination we all share.It clears out the old to make way for the new, right now you may be the new but gradually you will be cleared away’. LET IN GOD’S LOVE AND PEACE PAUL KAMAU KIARIE.