At times I walk around like everything is fine,but deep down,inside my shoe, my sock is sliding off. All the same, I love long walks. Especially if they are taken by annoying people, away from me.
It’s Saturday morning at the Nairobi Central business district,am taking my routine walk down Koinange street towards Kenyatta avenue and back.
My Saturday morning walks are usually inspired by two things;
First,the sensational fresh air in the soothing golden rays of the morning sun rich in Vitamin D.This may seem so ordinary and affordable to you until you find yourself in the overpopulated,busy Nairobi streets on a Monday morning,when you can’t even find enough space to pick your office keys from the ground. So you have to take off your shoes and use your toes to feel the ground till you get them.Then You use your two big toes as pliers to clip the keys and slowly lift them to the level of your hands and pick them; Sounds simple? Try it at a crowded City center.
Second,the sudden surge of flashy cars that instantly change your mood on first sight,accompanied by the mystery fashionistas who instantly bring the weekend ambience in the streets. Again you can only appreciate this once you find yourself in a passenger seat of bus headed for ‘DownTown’ and you have to use your umbrella because the roof,windows and floor are leaking dirt,water, mud and dark smoke from burning plastic. Sometimes it gets a little embarrassing when the driver breaks and all the seats from the back slide to the front and you have to stop and help the rogue female taut to re-arrange them.
Anyway, as am strolling,
One gentleman seemingly in his early thirties caught my attention. He wore a navy blue silky suit with a posh velvet coat and a distinct golden lapel flower that matched his snow-white stripped shirt with golden cuff links. Seemingly he was well educated and from a high social class.
I watched him in admiration as he alighted from his grey Porsche Cayenne SUV taking some magical drink from a clear plastic bottle. Just before I raised my arm and started ‘claiming that lifestyle’ from the Almighty(as my spiritual father taught me)the man dropped the bottle in a white polythene bag and threw it across the street.I was annoyed. Thankfully,he walked away.
I wondered, ‘What is the point of your education when you carelessly throw garbage to be picked by an illetrate person?’
The earth is 4.6 billion years old.Scaling to 46 years, we’ve been here for 4 hours only and our industrial Revolution began just 1 minute ago.In that time we have destroyed more than 50% of the world’s forest and natural resources.
It all started with such a reckless act of throwing a tiny bottle,candy wrapper or chewing gum across the street and walking away.
There’s so much pollution in the air right now that if it weren’t for our lungs, there’d be no place to put it all.
Treat the earth well .It wasn’t given to you by your parents,it was loaned to you by your children. Don’t blow it. Good planets are hard to find!