I am in Makindu. Makindu is 170 kilometers from Nairobi, but it might as well be another world. The internet reception is not nearly as good as in the city, and that, among many reasons is why I long for the return of any semblance of normalcy. I must, however, acknowledge the impact this lockdown has had on me. From my daily workout sessions that I no longer find a burden, to finally being able to braid my hair. This is a huge step on my part, partly because we can no longer walk into a salon, but mostly because it is a great representation of my walk towards accepting and loving my kinky hair as it is. Not to mention that it has and will continually save me tons of money that I previously spent trying to hide the coils from the public eye.
In my natural hair journey and upgrading my femininity on a whole, I have found myself seeking knowledge from those that came before me. Simply stated, I have binge- watched YouTube videos on how to make homemade facial and hair masks and even indulged myself in making several. The whole process is enthralling, but more than that, empowering. In doing this, I am constantly reminded of past times when women did not feel the need or even have the option of purchasing these ridiculously expensive items and had only themselves to turn to. The best part for me, however, is how wonderfully I get to save up on all the money that I would have otherwise spent on these commercially made products.
Well, now that I am not in school and quite far away, I will proudly announce that I no longer feel the compulsive need to make my almost daily online food purchases, which naturally took up a lot of my finances. This is a milestone. I am an impulse buyer, from shoes to dresses to loads of fast food. I am that girl, but not anymore. With the changing times, I have found myself going back to the kitchen every time my cravings get the best of me. A small price to pay, and one that doesn’t hurt my savings account as much.
The most challenging part, however, is that I am always indoors and always looking for something to do, not to mention the now introduced online learning. Often, I end up consuming too much data. When I am not staring at the lecturer through my screen, I read books. It is a hobby I find comfort and pleasure in, and one that does not exploit my data sweet tooth. I also enjoy spending time with my family, especially our three year old, whom ,until recently, I had not had the pleasure of knowing so well.
Quarantine has tested me to the limits, most of which I have met. Financially however, I feel I can do more.I am looking to engage in activities that can help me make more money, as well as practicing how to diligently stick to my budget.
As Epictetus once said
” Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”