Growing up, so many people in my life forcefully recommended that I “stop being so emotional,” it was inconvenient in their life, it seems. I could never shake it...because I never tried. I saw my tears as truth, my passion as strength, and my love as genuine...nothing has changed in that. My laughter still all consumes me with elation, my saddened, heavy gaze is still a reflection of heartache. It’s painful, and it’s beautiful, to me. #Resilience#LoneWolf
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Just came across this incredible blast from the past via Mohammed Hersi's FB page (you must follow him, he is awesome!). Taken from an earlier post by Jake Grieves-Cook. Read and internalise just how resilient Kenya is!
I remember that night. I grew up in Dagoretti, we were at home and I can swear (pardon me) we felt the ground shake that night, if my memory serves me right the adults had a discussion about it only to wake up in the morning to the news that the Norfolk had been bombed in a terror attack. I was six years old.
Each time I visit Norfolk to date I say a prayer for all those affected and for KENYA. We are resilient. We survive. We will never forget but we do not harbour hate. #GRACE#STRENGTH#RESILIENCE
"I was MD of the Block Hotels group when a bomb was exploded in the Norfolk by the PFLP on New Year's Eve 31 Dec 1980 at 9pm. This is a photo of me standing in the ruins next morning telling the TV cameras that we would re-open in 48 hours and would not allow terrorists to close us down. We opened 2 days later and were fully booked from then on. No "Non-essential" Travel Warnings in those days from the Nanny State - people could make up their own minds!" Kudos Jake Grieves-Cook, you and your whole team are true Kenyan champions!
#tbt to my face after this morning's workout. Which also serves as a pretty good visual representation of how I feel about this week so far.
It's been a weird one. And a challenging one.
I haven't felt well most days. My cat beat me up. (Seriously. She's going THROUGH something.) I've been super disappointed on multiple occasions. I PR'd two lifts in the gym. I curled up on the floor & cried. I laughed until I cried some more. I got caught in an old, unhelpful story. I remembered how resilient I am.
So many tears. So much joy. So much fear. So much surrendering to what is.
I dunno, y'all. But whatever's happening in your world, you're not alone. I promise you.
This life is a trip, huh? Take care of you.
Same issues handled differently. Just because a person smiles or are optimistic doesn’t mean they are exempt from disappointment, betrayal or heartache. Rest Well, Champions 😴 knowing YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Wrapped up my painting lessons with @jkirkrichards to end our quick trip to Utah.✨Can't wait to share more in my newsletter next month about my time with Kirk! Check more of my trip on IG stories.💼✈time for a red eye to NC! I'll miss beautiful Utah 🗻.
This gal sure has some moxie! If I made my own dictionary there would be a picture of my Grandma next to the word resilience. After everything life has tossed at her, at 93 she just keeps going. At 2 weeks post partial hip replacement, she is progressing really well. Even better then she was 6 months ago when she was in the hospital recovering from her other partial hip replacement! At the moment her current goal is to live to be 100, with her attitude I think she had a pretty good shot. If I could inherit just a fraction of what she has in her to keep going, I’ll live a pretty good life.
Love you Grandma.
RESILIENCE: “That ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes.”
The man in this picture walking with a cane and prismatic glasses is my father. A man that I knew to be courageous, determined and a leader. A man that considered himself a Triple Type A personality (rather than plain old Type A). Who devoted his life to his family, business, fitness and education.
In Dec 2016 my dad fell and hit his head which resulted in a concussion. Everything about his life (and my mom’s) changed. He could not work, drive, exercise, travel, read, use devices or be around noise, light and movement. At his worst all he could do was lay down in a dark and silent room. He lacked the coordination to walk upstairs. He crawled step by step and it took him ages. Sometimes it was too much for him to speak with me on the phone when I called from Panama.
My dad describes the impact of the concussion on his mind in two ways:
1) As if he locked his thoughts in a safe and forgets both the code to the safe and the details of his thoughts but he knows they are in there out of his reach.
2) His brain is unable to converge the visual info collected by his eyes, so he sees objects in pieces. When he looks at a tree he sees it as a set of distinct photos.
There is no guarantee when or if he will fully recover. The specialists told him it is one of the worst traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) they have treated. They also told him that he has one of the best attitudes they have witnessed in a TBI patient. It is common for concussed people to become depressed and angry because they lose their sense of self and purpose. Instead my dad (with my mom’s help) takes responsibility for his recovery and says he will make the best of whatever happens. And so he does every day. (continued in comments)
“My scars remind me that I did indeed survived my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present.” 💕 #2018#thisismyyear#changeisgood#collegelife#resilience
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