Au Revoir 2016!!!

Gender, Women

Goodbye 2016

The year I didn’t write
The year I didn’t create
The year I didn’t nurture my creations
The year that drained all my energy in work I didn’t love
The year my creative juices were dried up by the demands of bureaucracy
The year I matured and accepted that I desire a fulfilling career more than  the money a drag of a job could get me

Goodbye 2016
The year I got myself a home
The year I became an interior decor expert
The year I became a natural gardener; an avid student at taking hard earth and making things bloom
The year I became a plumber, an electrician, a fixer of everything
Nurturing my own home, my sanctuary

Goodbye 2016
The year I became my own woman; caring less about what people think or say about my chosen state of existence and caring more about what makes my happiness
The year I did not step my foot in a church:
-tired of being told I’m possessed by demons because I do not yearn for marriage
-tired of being the subject of alter calls so the ‘blessed’ pastor could lay his ‘holy’ hands on me to attract the heavens’ blessing and whip my average looking self into a glorious mass of ‘marriageable’ meat
-tired of being the subject of special sermons that assume single=sex positive=sinful; and so what if these are individual choices

Yet the very same pastor who constantly preached about ‘sinful’ existence went on holiday paid for by a man he knew very well to have a wife and 2 small houses; seems being single is more ‘sinful’ than adultery because that man never got his special sermon, his ‘special sins’ forgotten or maybe prayed for by the pastor while snorkeling in Durban? 😂
I could not and would not and never will; again, subject myself  to the wiles of patriarchy; ringing its bells loudly in my ears every Sunday and telling me I am not enough because my choices do not subscribe to the ‘norm’!

Goodbye 2016
The year I embraced the word ‘Fuck’; a vocabulary on its own, a multipurpose expression
Of joy: Fuuuuuuck, I got the job!
Of anger: Fuck! That driver just cut me off!
Of surprise: What the fuck! Did he just say I can’t get the service here when I have been waiting in queue for the past hour?
Of concern: Oh fuck; are you alright?
Of love: I fucking love you ❤️!
My friend Clara, with whom I spent my 2015 Christmas in Barcelona, topped it off with this post:img_6337

Goodbye  2016
The year I witnessed the extent to which the world despises women leaders:
I had always known women’s leadership was suppressed and feared but the extent wasn’t always clear to me
Dilma Roussef got impeached for ‘alleged’ corruption by a bunch of corrupt males
Hillary Clinton, with all her flaws, but with enormous experience as a global leader, was rejected and America chose a narcissistic, sexist, homophobic, islamophobic, self absorbed and immature caricature of a man as its President
The UN continued in its trend of thinking that women are good enough as as deputies but not good enough to lead, rejecting the idea of a woman as Secretary General despite there being several qualified candidates.

I welcome 2017 and all it’s surprises, joys, triumphs, defeats, pains & whatever else it has.

After 2016, this bad-ass woman is ready for anything! Sounds like self-praise? Well yeah! A famous Nigerian proverb-thank you Chinua Achebe 🙏🏾- says “the little lizard that jumped from the high Iroko tree said if no one praises me then I will do it myself” and so is this little lizard praising herself!

6 thoughts on “Au Revoir 2016!!!

  1. Dear Rumbi, spot-on as usual! It’s good to hear from you again; I’ve missed your voice, but you explain why and it’s totally acceptable. Hope you’ll walk into 2016 re-energized, self-confident, and active. I wouldn’t think of you as a small lizard at all; more like mother eagle calmly resting and observing from a tall tree before spreading her wings to fly high. Do spread them please; don’t fold them against the challenges of bureaucracy and fucking idiots 😉 I wish you’d find ways to make your voice of reason and compassion heard to more people out there, because you’ve got things to say which can be inspirational to many, female and male, Zimbos and others alike. Unmasking the hypocrisy of patriarchy and self-declared prophets is an important piece of the puzzle of change in Zimbabwe. Not to mention fucking selfish, idiotic politicians who have lost all sense of humanity. Let’s try to keep our criticism constructive; we need to positively engage and strengthen others (men and women) who are flying on lower levels where they can’t see yet what we are seeing. Let’s fight for our vision, and encourage others to grow and join. Environment is a strong factor and it’s not easy to extricate oneself from non-conducive settings like Zimbabwe when you’ve never seen nor experienced anything else. So please be proud of yourself, continue to fly high, and continue sharing and nurturing in the spirit of ubuntu. As Patson Dzamara says: “A better Zimbabwe is possible in our lifetime, and we shall come face to face with it!” Aluta continua…

    1. Thank you Tom. What a brilliant and thoughtful contribution! You have given me 13 million reasons to spread my wings in 2017, to write more and to use my voice for good. I kinda like being a little lizard, clever, witty and swift. If you had watched the iguana vs snake planet earth video you would understand my source of inspiration but here it is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv9hn4IGofM

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