Wow! It is 2016 already. Time really flies when you’re having fun. Actually, since I spent an estimated 1,150 hours in school, time also flies when you’re not having fun. That’s not a knock against teachers; they really do try to make school interesting. They just have varying levels of success. I think some teachers have some messed up views on what qualifies as interesting. Anyway, I’m not here to criticize the education system, at least not today. I’m here talk about 2015 and my goals for 2016. Original, I know. I chose the prompt myself
I’m not going to lie, 2015 had its ups and downs, its high and lows. It was a year of joy, triumph, and success. But it was also one of failure, confusion, and disappointment. In 2016, I hope to remedy that desolation by learning from my mistakes.
The most significant thing that happened to me last year was my family moving from Chicago, Illinois to Nairobi, Kenya. If you’ve read my previous posts or if you know me personally, you probably know that I spent the last 11 years in the Chicago land area. Considering that I’m only 16, you could accurately say that Chicago is all I know. I have very little recollection of my life before then. So yes, moving to Nairobi was a big transition.
Thanks to the wonderful people of Rosslyn, I didn’t experience many of the woes that accompany changing schools. I made friends quickly, I didn’t get lost on my way to class (okay, maybe once), and I felt overall welcomed. While it was painful say goodbye to my friends and everything I had worked for during my life in Chicago, it was comforting to come to a place as welcoming as Rosslyn Academy.
Another thing that was particularly special was visiting my relatives in Uganda. I am both Ugandan by birth and descent. Unfortunately, until last summer, the last time I visited Uganda was when I was five years old. My parents always told me stories about my extended family. They told me that they loved me very much and that they prayed for me often. It was nice to hear the stories, but I was never able to place the names to faces.
During the two weeks before school started, I toured different parts of Uganda. I spent time with both my paternal and maternal families. It was incredible to meet all my aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins. Many of them told stories of what I was like when I was a toddler. I felt a little bad that they loved me so much and I couldn’t even remember all their names. Now, when people ask me what Uganda is like, I don’t have to tell them to google it.
One thing that caused me a great deal of agony was my work ethic. Maybe a better way to describe it is my timeliness. I suffer from a particularly nasty disease that affects many teenagers across the world. It’s called procrastination. Some are immune to it, others have built up a natural resistance, and some are hopelessly afflicted (i.e. me). I find it quite difficult to even begin an assignment unless the deadline is looming over me. I know, it’s a great way to live. It’s cost me several nights of stress and many disapproving looks from my parents on Sundays at midnight. I’ve decided that in 2016, this needs to stop.
Now, before you look at what time this post was uploaded and laugh, you have to realize this one wasn’t my fault. Well… maybe it was a little bit. But you know what? Rome wasn’t built in one day. It’ll take some time to break a habit that I exhibited since I started grade school. The road to recovery is a long one, but I’m willing to take it.
I also intend to be more considerate. After some serious reflection, I realized I seldom consider how my words and actions affect others, at least not until the damage has been done. I believe that I may have unintentionally alienated the people around me on several occasions. While I haven’t done anything over the top (yet), I still see this as an area that could use improvement.
2015, was an eventful year. I left behind many things that I held dear: friends, family, and an entire life. However, I discovered more family, new friends, and a new life for myself. In 2016, I plan to take cherish these new developments and learn from the mistakes in my past.
My New Years resolution is to be more positive and less sarcastic… Like I won’t screw that up right away.