A group of friends and I were with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a few nights ago and she asked, “So how are you all doing?” And before anyone could answer, she looked at me and said, “Not you Jite, I know you’re doing very well.”
And I am doing well. This has been the year when it’s all coming together, when some of the decisions I took in the past suddenly seem to make sense.
I have done a number of things I didn’t plan to do this year (some of which I had outlined in my post in January). I quit my job for one, because I wanted to go back to school for another degree and concentrate on my business. But I got an offer that I couldn’t say no to and today marks my first day (officially) at another dream job. Getting a masters is on hold; maybe forever, maybe not.
For the things I did plan,
- I lost 10kg in three months (and gained it back in the next three months; Delta Kitchen opened somewhere close to me, plus dodo will not let my abs be great)
- My savings plan is well underway; adjusted, but underway
- Minding my business has proven to be really difficult and I have succeeded to some extent, but I still need to do more work (I catch myself giving unsolicited advice all the time)
- Being ‘emotionally logical’ seems to be something I cannot shake off, plus I wasn’t sure what I was going to do about it so e dey as e dey
- Writing has given way to editing. I love writing but being editor for now seems more important. And it means I get to read a lot; I’m not one to count books so I can’t put a number to how much I have read but compared to previous years, it’s a lot. I do have a number of notes which I hope to turn into short stories in the future
- My adventure is on hold. Getting it off the ground has proven more difficult than expected
- Can’t remember the last time I went to Church. This particularly scares me because I cannot find any good excuse why I have been so lax. I guess the best way to fix it is to just go
I turned 30 in April. I couldn’t celebrate because my Aunt’s funeral was fixed for the same day. I still can’t believe she’s gone. Sigh. I did get to spend time with a few friends a month after and it was the best evening.
I met the most diverse and enterprising group of young people early in the year. They inspire me so much (and annoy me equally) and it has really helped to see myself grow, make new friends (who all happen to be writers despite my trying to make non-writer friends) and be committed to something.
I am still very excited about 2016 and what it has in store for me. There have been some deep lows that I am still coming to terms with but I am not in the least bit worried about what comes next.