As much as one can try run away from it, the end of the year brings with it feelings of reflection. 2015 has been one of the best years of my life and this morning when I woke up I decided to take note of why it was so good.
1) My older brother Tendayi got married and his wife Sancia just fit into the family like a glove, as if she has always been there. He set a brilliant example for my younger brother and I. I would rate his wedding day as my best day of 2015, it was amazing. As per standard the African aunts have started sending me the “You’re Next messages” to add some pressure on me. My brother is 5 years older than me though so I’m still good for the next 5 years I hope.
2) My younger brother Tashinga graduated and switched over from dependent to independent. Welcome to real life bro.
3) Keeping to my explorer attitude, I managed to travel to Mozambique, Australia and technically one could argue Namibia. Travelling will always remain at the top of my priorities. One can learn so much from getting out of their comfortable environment and learning about other people and cultures.
4) At the beginning of the year I started working at a company that fits into the model of what has always been my dream workplace. A startup that makes a significant difference in people’s lives. Its been a good year of learning at Prodigy Finance, and I have confidence that the company is going to be big, keep an eye out for us.
5) My 3 side businesses / projects ended the year on a profitable note, with 2 of them doing very well.
6) I ran 35 official races this year, 23 more than my goal at the beginning of the year. Amongst those were 1 full 42.2km marathon (my 1st one ever) and 9 half 21.1km marathons.
7) When I walk out of the office today I would have officially completed 5 years since I started working. Time flies once you join the rat race, but I’ve enjoyed it so far and learnt a ridiculous amount. I now have a good idea of what I want from my career and what to aim for in the future. Also I have reached a level where I know I do make a solid contribution to the environment I work in and that is always important.
8) My dad celebrated his 60th birthday in February and we even ran a trail run together when they were down in Cape Town. As Oliver Mtukudzi says “Ivai Navo”. On his birthday I wrote about 60 things I’ve learned from him here.
9) My siblings and I were all together in the same city for the first time in 9 years. My older brother left Zimbabwe in 2006 for Australia and he had not returned to Africa since then. My older sister lives in Johannesburg, and my younger brother and I are Capetonians. After my brother’s wedding he finally decided to come back to Africa for his honeymoon. The final leg of that trip was in Cape Town and my older sister joined us too from Johannesburg. It was the first time we were all in one place in a very long time, to say we had good times would be an understatement. We are making sure its never that long till we are together again.
10) Above all things, 2015 has been a happy year. The achievements and everything else do not matter unless you are happy as an individual. If there is anything I reinforced in 2015 its to be myself and to be happy. What a happy year it was, as my friend Takudzwa Makotore likes to say “We lived our best lives”
My rugby coach from high school always used to encourage us at practice and half time team talks with the words “Men You Must Keep Moving Forward.” While 2015 is probably going to be difficult to beat all I can do is keep moving forward!
May the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows.
Cheers to 2015, stay safe out there tonight!
All the best in 2016 #NoDaysOff