This Sunday, courtesy of my friend, Carol, I attended the Rhino Charge, Athi 4×4 Challenge. This was a way to celebrate her birthday. As always, all Carolyn Mwai plots are so much fun and this was no exception. I was up by 7:30am despite the fact that I had only gotten 4 hours of sleep that Saturday night. Later on, I met up with Carol, Stella, Kihu, Marcellus and we embarked on an exciting trip to the challenge. In the car, we sang along to the songs we knew and at times, even to those that we didn’t know at all. At some point, we ended up getting lost and spending a lot of time on the road but still it was a fun trip. I wish I could travel with the same crew to Mombasa.
The challenge was so much fun. Cheering and moving from one place to another to catch the action was the order of the day. I saw trucks do the impossible by getting through the toughest courses. I even saw a truck literally hanging from a pole. I know reading that sentence, it makes absolutely no sense but I am telling you, you had to be there to understand just how awesome that was!
Those 4×4 drivers have a lot of heart! I really liked just how much they gave in each challenge. If they failed on the first attempt, they would go back and try again. You could just see the disappointment in their faces whenever they got disqualified. Some simply refused to leave and sometimes, the fans would intervene to help the driver get one more chance. This happened with Kanyali, he got about 5 attempts after fans kept chanting and screaming “One more chance,One more Chance!” and “Kanyali eeehhh Kanyali aaaah”. He gave all he had on that course although he didn’t make it through.
Kanyali getting one more attempt
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
– Walter Elliott
Lesson: it is important not to give up even if you fail the first time. If you want something bad enough, then you have to fight for it. If you fall, get up and try again.
There were monster trucks and then there were other trucks that were not so big. These little trucks failed to get through most of the courses. However, the confidence and determination of all drivers was equal. Even the smaller cars still put up a good fight until they were forced to leave the course after their 3 attempts.
This truck really gave a good fight…
“I do believe that when we face challenges in life that are far beyond our own power, it’s an opportunity to build on our faith, inner strength, and courage. I’ve learned that how we face challenges plays a big role in the outcome of them.” Sash Azevedo
Lesson: In life, there are some challenges that look too big. Sometimes, you may feel as if you do not have what is required to even face the challenges. This may force you to give up without even trying. However, like the small 4×4 trucks, you have to face your challenges and give your all without giving up.
I am not an ardent follower of Rhino Charge and so I didn’t know who the top drivers were. However, immediately I got on the course, two names came up, Ian Duncan and John Kanyali. You could tell that they were stars even before they got on the course challenge. “Make way for Ian Duncan”, “Ian Duncan is about to get on the course”, I think all the announcers went a little crazy over Ian Duncan hence rising our expectations about the guy. “Sasa Ian ndiyo yule mnoma!” my new friend, Moses, explained to me.
Soon Ian Duncan and his red truck showed up. The truck was covered with stickers from all his sponsors. I think they were about 50 stickers on that truck. He flew through the first courses with such expertise that everyone was left in awe. That is Ian Duncan!
However, at the finish line, something happened! He went up almost through the course and then his truck just stopped. Okay, I don’t speak cars so I don’t have a good mechanical explanation to what happened but whatever it was, his truck couldn’t move and it had to be towed away from the course. He was so close to a win but just like that, Ian Duncan was out of the challenged. He struggled to get the truck off the course and disappeared off somewhere.
“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the f. on.”
― Tupac Shakur
Lesson: In life, disappointments are there! You may give all you have to achieve success in something only to end up failing. For instance, you may invest everything in a relationship hoping it will end in marriage (finish line) only to break up with your partner after years of dating. This can happen in all aspects of life. When this happens, sometimes you just have to accept that it wasn’t meant to be and move on. I am sure Ian Duncan is not done racing, he will be back. The same way, moving on doesn’t mean that you never try again. If your relationship fails, give yourself time and then try again. If you tried to get a job so hard but still failed, keep trying until you get your job.
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ― C.S. Lewis
I have noticed a pattern this year. I used to think that I love spending time alone so much, meaning that I am an introvert. However, this year, I have discovered that I have the most fun with my friends. The laughter and all that accompanied that day is what made the experience so much fun. I made new friends that day and got to hangout with the old ones and it was awesome. In addition, I spent the day with one of my very best friends, Carol who I have known for the past 9 years. That is a true friendship; a friendship that stands the test of time, one that I hope will last a life time.
Thank you Carol, Stella, Kihu, Marcellas, J.T, Naanyu, J.T, Fei, Mose and Timo, both old and new pals totally made my day!
You have to enjoy your life!
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
― Helen Keller, the Open Door
There are many times that we get caught up with life that we forget just how good it is to be alive. There are times when we get hurdled by responsibilities that nothing else matters but paying the bills. However, life is precious so enjoy it while you still can.
Happy me, stranger and Kanyali’s truck!!!
This year, I have learnt how to do just that, to live in the moment and simply thank God for life. I am enjoying my life and that day I had so much fun. I was covered by dust from head to toe like a child after a play day but still, I was a happy woman that day.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt