When we welcomed 2018 about two months ago on the New Year’s Eve, I sat down like everyone else and wrote plans for 2018. Normally most people come with a long to do list of their intentions in what they call “new year’s resolutions “. Mine is always short and brief, or we can just call it a theme for the year. Therefore, I labeled “2018 – My year of Jubilee and great Restoration”. Jubilation in a sense that I will do a lot of things I’ve never done before and achieve great results I’ve never achieved before. To hit my targets, I first thought of restoring myself. By restoring I mean; I searched deep down within me and took notes of the things I wanted to do as a child. You know those weird childhood dreams of like wanting to be like Superman. And by the way, so many of them are coming true now days; we even have a black superhero movie called the Black Panther.
To put a general observation of the current state of the world we are living in, there are a lot of new coming to play. Not so long ago, we watched a businessman in the name of Donald Trump become US President; something which is out of the ordinary. It used to be an all experienced politicians’ affair. We have seen China rising as the new world super power in terms of national economy and GDP. We have witnessed Rwanda a very small country in the middle of nowhere and former massacre grounds rise as a continental icon in Africa in terms of technology, good governance, peace, and security. All these new events call for doing something out of the usual. In short it is business unusual, and my 2018 is the time for just that.
Recently I added how long I’ve been on earth planet when I celebrated my birthday on 25th February and that clearly meant it is show time. There are couples of things I’ve got involved in since this year began and countless others lined up all to be accomplished this great year of Jubilee and Restoration. I will hence talk about some of these things I am undertaking in this writing hoping you the reader will find something to stir the flame that has been lying idle within yourself. Listed below are some of the things I’m calling the New me:
- Acting. I’ve never been an actor before, but I’ve always had this unique passion or should I call it feeling for being in the block busters. I’ve always admired actors and actresses, watched lots of movies from detective, comedy, actions, love stories, chick flicks, fairy tales, adventure, documentary, to mention but a few. I even watch news while admiring the news readers and reporters imagining myself in their shoes. I think I should be famous, I must be famous, and I will be famous. Therefore I took the initiative and joined a small group of organized actors early this month, hoping this will be my stepping stone to people’s living rooms, theaters, cinemas, laptops, and of course mobile phones and whatsapp groups.
- Swimming. I discovered that to be a great actor one needs to maintain a good body shape, so I joined some swimming class. I used to swim as a kid but that was child’s play in some muddy water. I can of course swim in lakes and rivers for fun, and I do go to the beach sometimes, but swimming in the swimming pool is way different from that. It takes training, hard work, and some good mental strength. It’s like running in the desert or playing beach soccer which looks easy and cool from the outside until you get to do it yourself. It’s tough but I’m pushing through, and more so it’s not an everyday thing, but a once in a week game for now since I also got plenty of other stuffs I do on a daily.
- Public speaking. In Rwanda people are generally laid back and stepping up to air out views is not there thing especially when the conversation is in a foreign language. This has been a huge opportunity for me and I get to talk at about all public gatherings that I attend. The people here however love asking for views from different people. I always watch the President here do that during his address. It’s not like the Ugandan thing where the big man talks for an hour and we just listen. His counterpart here likes to engage his audience and that’s how public gatherings are done in this country. So when the occasion I’m attending is in English, I always get to talk publically and this is helping a lot with building my personal confidence. It has been a good ride so far and a friend who runs a public speaking program or school has noticed me; he wants me on his team.
- Playing musical instruments. As a kid I used to play the drums a lot, at school and church. Somehow I am friends with the guy in charge of instruments at our church now and I always get the time to learn a few musical notes here and there. By the way, I had music as a subject in my senior one and two school, and apparently it was my best done subject. I still remember the F and G clef somehow. This is not something I am doing seriously, it’s just a pass time thing when I arrive so early for service at church, but I’m loving it and considering taking playing the drums seriously. However, I will need to create time for that.
- Adventure and travelling. Ever since I moved to Rwanda a year ago, I’ve only been concentrating on knowing the City of Kigali, but this year round I’ve planned and is putting aside some good financial resources for travelling alone. I need to know the entire Rwanda by the end of this year. And this also goes to travelling outside Rwanda. I have realized that travelling and exploring different things is way more knowledgeable than sitting in a classroom or reading magazines. Adventure and travel is a real life experience, and it doesn’t need a very big budget. All you need is a few like-minded friends and you’re off to explore the world.
This has been Jimmy Ruva writing, and you’re free to leave comments. Thanks for reading.