There are lessons I honestly learned from a trip which was a hike to mt. Longonot. I will talk about parallelism of the hike with life as it is. Life is a journey and not a destination. Stick with your own pace its not a competion. Let’s talk.

It was an impromptu trip to be honest but it came with its perks. So this saturday morning, I travelled with keitan safaris. The trip begun at around 7:30 a.m with a few stop overs before we got to mt. Longonot. We stopped over at the Great rift valley view point, then to the old Italian catholic church and after the hike, to L. Naivasha. Well, we started the hike at 11.

It starts a little easy and you won’t even notice the task at hand. It’s very gradual. We started as a big group and in a short period everyone was forming small groups and in the end I realized there were three different groups ; the very fast hikers, the average and the slow paced ones.

I was in this click of awesome girls then after a while we were scattered. Suddenly the hike got steeper and steeper that I regretted why I decided to do it. There were these two guys who held my back throught the process. It’s not like a hike to ngong hills where its a little smooth. For a mountain , it’s so steep and has alot of obstacles, it needs you to be sober enough to know which path to use. By the time I got to the rim of the crater, looking down I couldn’t believe it but the harder part was going round the crater and getting to the summit. (kilele ngamia).

Some people fell sick, I saw couples who had a very nice cordination, some couldn’t go round the rim completely because of fatigue. With the two guys, kevin and King’ori we took a rest then proceeded. I salute anyone who has been to the summit because it was just hard that at some point we used our hands but you have to go on because looking back again is another struggle so you soldier on. As Martin Luther king says, if you can’t fly then run; if you can’t run then walk; if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you must keep on moving. Rest if you must but continue. From the summit to the shelter at the rim and down the mountain from the rim, isn’t easy either. Worse off, I was rained on as I descended the mountain.

Lessons: When you finish school maybe secondary or university, you go to the outside world the same time. After high school, we join different colleges and get different professions and we get different grades too. Just like we started the same time but had different groups and paces . Immediately after university, we get different careers and we meet new people. Descending down, it was a stranger who held my hand while getting rained on and after that, he went his way and I went my way. This is symbolism that new people will be met but not everyone is meant to be in your zone and after a while, life moves on. We thank them for helping us, but that’s it. Their paragraph in the chapter is over.

Life isn’t easy but keep pushing on. Going up the mountain, you have to really perservere then when you look back at where you are coming from, you will be in awe of your achievements and it takes time. Being at the summit, the scenery is so beautiful and once, you’re there you have to keep moving because going back isn’t an option. Well…let go of the past and don’t dwell on it unless it gives you motivation. If you look at the pain, you can’t move forward.

People: the two guys I bonded with symbolises that you have to sorround yourself with people who matter. People who will see your worth. When it’s so hard you feel like giving up, they motivate you and they will hold your hand till you make it. Everyone else will be ahead or infront but we all get to our destinations. The pace people have, that’s theirs so let them be, this is your speed, God’s speed so hold on. I learned that when it rains, most times God uses strangers to help you through and when their part is over, there’s nothing you can do to bring them back. Just like when it was raining there was a total stranger helping me and he was a tourism student so he joined his group later.

Some would be ahead, then we meet then they dissappear as we hiked. That’s life, they might get to the top earlier but tomorrow you might catch up with them or be greater than them. So be humble because the twists and turns are real.

Life is not a competition neither does it have a manual. Keep pushing. You don’t know how strong you are, till being strong is the only option you got. Trust me you’re strong because I learned that the hard way even when I gave up. No matter the challenges, keep moving forward. The small steps you think you’re making is progress too. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a step. You are just fine …believe me and believe it.

Thank you so much for reading.๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜


  1. ๐ŸŒนNINA ๐ŸŒน Reply

    ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ, truly proud of the far you’ve come and I pray the future continues surprising you will great tiding.โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ

  2. if you canโ€™t fly then run; if you canโ€™t run then walk; if you canโ€™t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you must keep on moving…my new favorite quote.. Thanks much ๐Ÿ˜

  3. quintas omondi Reply

    There are some detours and roadblocks on every life journey. At times, you might just feel stuck, youโ€™re not getting anywhere and you canโ€™t see your way. Itโ€™s like when youโ€™re driving down the road at night and your headlights shine ahead. You can see only so far. When you continue driving and reach that point, your headlights shine even farther and then you can see more. The life lesson we learned is that driving further on the life road journey leads to more choices and more opportunities. If you are willing to explore, there could be some wonderful adventures around the next bend. I agree with you by saying โ€œLet your joy be in your journey โ€“ not in some distance goal.โ€
    Nice article by the way. And keep on the good work. More blessings on the way and don’t swerve on the journey.

    • Aaaawwwwww thank you Quinny. Are you sure these are your own words coz you have spoken like a philanthropist.

      • quintas omondi Reply

        ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚let me reserve my come back for another day.. utajuaje umekuwa mentor … Or u are afraid a master being beaten by her student

          • quintas omondi

            Watch this space basi.. if i can’t beat i will join you.. and if i can’t join you then………………………………………..

  4. Life is a journey dear. Well said and we never know our strengths until we are alone. Very sweet and realistic piece. Keep up!

  5. Hamza Mahmood Reply

    Lemmie start with a Haha factor. .your soo eloquent in a sense I feel as if I was part of the hiking team. I have done kilimanjaro I know and I can relate your experience. Personally I was cursing myself why I joined that expedition it was hectic but fun ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜† Iet your closing remarks be my mantra I love that part Twalha ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

  6. Great words of wisdom, indeed ‘life is a journey no matter how tough it gets forge ahead since there no room for repetition.’

  7. Life is a journey, very true… Keep on moving Twalha! Good work.

  8. Lydia Musyoki Reply

    Very encouraging just at the right time of my life๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. Love the way you relate life events, interpret it and come up with a piece that got more lessons in it. Keep up.

  10. “Life is not a competition neither does it have a manual. Keep pushing”
    That’s enough for me to keep pushing positively till the end. Motivate us with your kind words hun.

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