The Future- Changers Movement

“Progress must be planned for, and excellent progress must be meticulously planned” – Prof. Munkumba; trainer, consultant and lecturer in Management and Finance with Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI).

Prof Munkumba narrowed in on the purpose of planning as one based on progress. It is all in the conviction of that which you stand for. A purposeful life is one which is lead not only with passion but with poverty of all things tangible. Once you put vanity aside, that haze that bars you from seeing beyond your temporary needs gets lifted and a whole new perspective of your life is developed.

I came up with this phrase ‘Future-Changers’ a while ago as I was sharing the link to one of my blog posts with various University of Nairobi class groups on Facebook. I needed an impactive way to address the young individuals that would get them thinking holistically of who they really are: which is the future of Kenya and the world.

Kenya is in our hands. We are responsible for what will happen tomorrow; good or bad. Our capabilities are the ones that are going to lift our country up and see it supersede the Vision 2030 agenda and all the other goals and targets that we have so set for ourselves. These capabilities should be backed by executable plans that are meant to bring forth lasting solutions.

Take one Samson Aluda. This future changer is a 23 year old university student who runs a secondary school in Kibera and he was recently interviewed by Caroline Mutoko on the Kiss FM morning show. He has very little and relies on the kindness and generosity of people to keep the facility open. With one day at a time, Samson is changing the futures of all the teens in the slum as well as his own. His plan is based on the academic progression of the children in Kibera. Given that the school is open and continues to meet the targets he has set for it, I’d say his progress is excellent, struggles notwithstanding!

It doesn’t matter how old you are or what little you think you have. If you can spare nothing else, you can spare your time and energy. Walk out of that door and change your future, Future-Changer! Meticulous plan in hand!

Should you wish to contact Samson for support or donations to the school, kindly email me at muthonimurithi@hotmail.com

 

When Uninspired, Look Down At Your Feet!

As a final year student staring right at the finish line, it’s easy to forget how far you’ve come.

From that first day on campus as a freshman or ‘fresher’ as we were popularly known to that first lecture that you may barely remember; it has been a rollercoaster!

I have a lot to be thankful for, my health for one! I have seen many dark days as a university student. The most memorable one being when I fell sick with stomach flu right as I was sitting my final  1st year, 2nd semester exams! I remember the loneliness the most. It hit me hard that I was in this alone and that I had to take care myself. Roommates and neighbors are awesome but not as reliable and constant as you are to yourself.

Enough…! This is a blog for solutions, relief and smiles! Not lamentations!

Your feet! Look down at them. Remember those flights of stairs you climbed when you were struggling to make that appointment, get that job or internship; that dirt road that you’ve had to trek to get to your future. It’s all there; toes to heel.

I have made a decision to stop the worry; jobs and other relevant money making opportunities will come when I am ready.  An article in a Marie Claire magazine issue suggests putting aside 10 minutes every day just for sitting and worrying! Should you get the urge to worry any other time, you are advised to tell your stubborn self, ‘Not now!’ 🙂 I think the purpose of this is to help you to relax albeit for 23 hours and 50 minutes.

Whatever works for you is fine as long as you leave the worrying for the less hopeful. Instead, spend your time at peace and doused in optimism. Your time will come.