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Be excited about life

SUNDAY MAGAZINE
By Ann Mukei | July 24th 2016

My sister underwent a surgical procedure the other day. She was put on a two-week bed rest.

At first it was refreshing for her to sleep till late without worrying about office deadlines and the traffic jam.

Come the second week and she was looking for stuff to do at home during the day. She was getting bored. The convalescent was now getting up as early as 5am to schedule her day.

Question is, what would happen if you woke up one day and realised you had no challenges or schedules to face up to? Would you shout because you are happy or would you go back to bed and sleep all day long.

Would it be fun knowing that you have all the time in the world to watch your favourite soap? Would sleep be as sweet as it normally is when you keep switching off your alarm for yet another 10 more minutes of sleep?

It appears the human psyche is happiest when challenged in one way or the other. Most people I know thrive best when they have to operate under limited time, money and other resources. Challenges make life more exciting. The beauty of life is that no situation is permanent and that during the challenging season, personal growth often occurs, making one appreciate the better times (and sometimes the unhappy times) when they come along.

Life is a cycle of events, and this is what makes it even more beautiful. The uncertainty, the not knowing what the universe will dish up for me tomorrow and the day after. It makes it all worth living.

Then the walls of my life were coloured a drab grey and black colour. The pain on walls was peeling, the smell damp; as though my gloom had been liquefied and applied on the poor walls.

This went on for ages; hundreds of moons later, until one day, the rays of the sun started streaming in. Like the thief that had stolen my sunshine, the light stole back into my life.

Suddenly, the walls were a lively blend of orange and yellow. The room seemed bigger, the roof further. The smell around me was heavenly, the light blinding. Then the walls of my life were back to normal.

Sadly though, and in a rather twisted way, I yearned for a tiny bit of that grey, those plain days... and the cycle went on...

Get excited about life, because you do not want to live through bland days.

When you are excited about life, you realise that it is just the beginning of a journey of excitement.

Life is more beautiful when dotted with some flavour, some excitement.

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