Twenty Five is for Joy

Twenty five years ago today, I showed up in this world. In typical ‘kuna food?’ Veon version, I showed up at 1pm, gotta stay on brand my people. ????

It’s been a crazy 25 years. From multiple high school suspensions, to falling in love with writing, to starting a blog, getting published, falling in love, to being nominated for an award (and not winning it- sigh) being broken and unfortunately breaking others in the process, inhaling a fair share of Nairobi’s food scene, becoming my own parent, trying out journalism and falling in love with the agency world… I’ve lived, I’ve loved and I continue to have a bunch of mad (I mean lovely) humans in my corner.

I am blessed.

That is not in doubt.

25 is a celebration of those blessings. In fact, that celebration started about a month with #CountDownTo25 but in the past fortnight it began to feel like my 25 isn’t all that and I got into a funk. That funk wasn’t helped by a couple of things in my life going completely wrong. The subsequent result was I stopped and started severely comparing myself to people who’ve done amazing things at 25 and I don’t need to tell you how that went, do I?

Comparison is the thief of joy.

I know you’ve heard that line before but I’m saying it again, I am typing it again.

Comparison is the thief of joy.

And I really like joy, I like to laugh hard and that means the uglier the laugh, the better. So instead of comparing myself to others, I only have one mission for the period between 5 December, 2018 and 4 December, 2019.

To find joy, to live it and pass it forward.

And that starts with walking in the truth of who I am, always.

Happy birthday V.

Images courtesy of @Shem.Obara






5 responses to “Twenty Five is for Joy”

  1. Mercy Gitimu Avatar
    Mercy Gitimu

    Happy birthday Woman!

    May all your hearts desires be granted.

    You’re a brilliant writer, may this be the gift that keeps growing.

    To Joy within.

    Love always!


    1. Veon Ngugi Avatar
      Veon Ngugi


      This has made my day. Thank you so much.

  2. Jo Avatar

    Happy birthday Veon.

    Keep writing,love. And 25 felt exactly how you described it.

    Love and light.

  3. Hey Ms Daisy Avatar

    Happy Birthday, enjoy!

    1. Veon Ngugi Avatar
      Veon Ngugi

      Thank you 🙂

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