I hope you are done with the Christmas hangover. I don’t know how the year treated you. Did your expectations come to pass? Or do you blame that pastor who proclaimed 2014 was your year of prosperity. Please don’t make the same mistake this time round. Did you honour your former New Year resolutions? Perhaps not. Don’t worry, a clean blank cheque awaits you in some few hours. 2014 had mixed fortunes for me. I made terrible mistakes but also broke the glass ceiling in many fronts. And that’s all about life, frustrating for the impatient but rewarding to the hopeful. One thing I embraced in 2014; literally every bad situation that happens to you, has a silver lining. They say nothing is permanent in this life, and so do ordeals.
2014 was bloody and tough. So many Kenyans died in the hands of terrorists, bandits,criminals, through road accidents and alcohol related courses. More shameful acts were witnessed in Nairobi. Perverts undressed ‘indecently dressed’ women. MPs tarnished further, their worse reputation, when they went physical. Radical cleric Sheikh Abubakar Shariff Ahmed, alias “Makaburi”, was shot dead. In May, several countries issued travel warnings following several attacks over the past few months blamed on Somali al-Shabab militants. In June, 48 people died after Islamist militants attacked hotels and a police station in Mpeketoni, near the island resort of Lamu. Close to two months ago, Al Shabab carried out mass murders in Mandera County, including on a bus and a camp of quarry workers.
Globally, we first heard of ISIS in 2014. In as much as it has an Islam word among the abbreviations, it slaughters Muslims than any other terror group, reigning havoc in Iraq and Syria. In Pakistan, Taliban gunmen attacked a military school and killed 132 out 141 people, most of them students. According to the Geneva-based Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives, this year has witnessed 111 aircrafts that went missing. Air Asia whose debris was found today in Java Sea, in Indonesia, was the last count.
Let’s forget the horrific events. Are you prepared for 2015? Well, you have every reason to be. In as much as a section of us don’t believe in New Year resolutions, humans naturally relate to fresh beginnings. The former, are far from the truth, actually they are afraid of it. Nobody should lie to you that, a time will come when people will stop making New Year resolutions. In any case, they are living in denial. I was once in that situation, of intuitively saying, I make resolutions every day and hence no need of new ones. It makes some sense though, but experience has taught me something different. That it comes a time when you break from the past. That time when you take a deep sigh, hold your head high and vow not to turn back. Many of us will relate to this, when we trash our bad habits and ‘bad friends’, promise our creator many things through prayers. What better time to do this than New Year.
Did you know that 4000 years ago people still made New Year resolutions? The origin of making New Year’s resolutions rests with the Babylonians, who reportedly made promises to the gods in hopes they’d earn good favour in the coming year. But making resolutions is the easier part. Most of us fail miserably in seeing to it that we fulfill our resolutions. What separates us from achieving them? Pundits suggest that it is paramount to write down your goals, share them with people close to you and most importantly monitor the progress.
Enough of 2014. Welcome 2015. I hope you will be fair to me and everybody reading this post. Happy New Year dear readers. May the good Lord establish you in all sectors of your life! Amen.