5 things the young Kenyan thinks of in 2015
16 February 2015, 17:23
Nairobi - As a 20-something old woman living in Nairobi, just
graduated, no longer a child but I am pretty sure I am not an adult either; I
am still trying to figure out what makes me one. I pay a few bills but they do
not include rent, water bill or electricity. I am also happy I do not have a
school loan to pay off because I would have hit a hundred degrees with no job
prospects at the moment yet.
A few home truths hit you as you try to navigate and look
cool on the outside but in real sense you are not even aware of what is
happening most of the time.
Everyone is doing something with their lives except you
You get to meet interesting people in your high school and
University years. Most people from my high school though can give you a case of
bad digestion. You went to the same school, most of you were able to go to
University but everyone else has it together except you. If they are not
launching some music album, someone is appearing on the cover of some magazine
for something they are doing. Yet you are the only one that is not even sure
whether you did the right course. They are going out on a limb or limbs, while you dither about with no
idea of what career you want.
Where is all that money you earn?
You have a job, even the part time one is a job. Does not
matter if you are standing around in a supermarket handing out freebies, it is
still a job. Let us take a look at your bank statement though, The Yea Account for KCB that we all have
because it is free and we are still ‘students’. So where are the savings? Like
really, you are not at home, you wake every day to do something but your bank
account is still Kshs 5 from your last withdrawal. When you are 20, you are
earning money to spend money. Forget that guy that is your age who was named 30
under 30 to watch. In his case, he does not exist in your stratosphere, he or
she is a superman/woman.
Why is everyone is getting married and having babies?
Do not get me wrong,
I would never rush myself into a state just to be part of the current flu going
around. But as of the end of 2015, I kept wondering where everyone was rushing
off to with all those engagements, babies and come-we-stay proposals that I
kept seeing on Facebook. Makes you wonder if everyone else is the lunatic or
you are the only one left out of the loop. In my head, you still have time
because why bring a human being into the world that you cannot properly take
care of when you yourself are in your own parents’ house.
You want to upgrade from the SQto the one-bedroom
Let us assume your first job, is paying you around Kshs
20,000 after tax, you factor in bus fare and food, where are you getting the
rent money to upgrade to a one-bedroom in our metropolitan. Unless we are back
to calling the parents.
You were to stop drinking and going out as a New Year’s Resolution
The aim was so that you can save up and spend your weekends
more wisely as a grown up should. You also wanted to get your life in focus and
be the Entrepreneur of The Year. How is that working out so far?
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