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5 important things we tend to forget

22 July 2015, 10:35 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - I wrote a check-list that should not have these items but because we take them for granted we tend to forget them. We can buy a partner and his family lunch but when was the last time you did the same for your family or your parents. We buy credit for a girlfriend but if your mum is back at home, did she even have breakfast? Or you try to impress this boyfriend with a shopping cart and a fully cooked meal but you have yet to buy the medicine your parent needs. You ask after someone else’s child but you barely see yours. When the say karma is a hard a**, it is because it gets you in places you were never looking in the first place.

Do not forget your parents

Just as soon as you finish school, you have not even moved out yet; but with each year that your get older and celebrate a birthday, you forget your parents are also ageing and it is twice harder for them. When you move out, they are neglected to a phone call and at times it is they who had to call you and remind you of something. Soon enough, a year is over and that is when people get surprises. You get the gist; never forget to remember your parents because most are bred not to ask for anything from their children.

Do not forget your partner

Not couples but in marriage, I have noticed that people can actually forget their partner. Their wife or husband. I am not sure how that happens but it actually does. Maybe it is the children or the extra workload in your career. I thought people got married to have someone who will be a part of them and share something with them but it seem I have been working under some misapprehensions.

Do not forget your children

A hectic career and work life can make it seem okay for you to leave the care of your children to your help. At times some of your relatives are even brought in. You have no idea what your child has been up to the whole day. Who they were with and what they did at school.

Growing up, I can never forget the number of people who would be suspended from school and the parents never even heard about it. The game was played thus; when you are asked to bring your parent, the kids or teenager had options. The girlfriend to the watchman whom they caught would be blackmailed to be the relative to step in because mother was not available. Or someone they just normally meet and talk to, so in your child’s time of ‘need’ they stepped in. Some of you, your kids are grown up now but you have no idea how many expulsions you/ they dodged and suspensions they were in.

Do not forget relationships are meant to be enjoyable

I have never understood couples who do not enjoy being around each other anymore but still stay around each other. I know at times it is not love that brought you together, maybe it was business or an agreement of some sort. But if you do not have a commitment, like let’s say children/ marriage, to someone then why are you adding one extra stress that should actually be something you like. I can never stress enough the fact that, if something is not working with someone; look for someone who will be compatible with you. A relationship should always be somewhere you actually like being and not the opposite.

Never forget to save

This one is self-explanatory. I know for ladies, some of us drain the account thinking, I will do it next time. Not because of an emergency but because that shoe is, ’our life’. Do it now and it will just become second nature. Someone once told me, ‘for every shoe or dress that looks really good, there is always a better one that you will also want.’ It has always worked for me.

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