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WHY ARE WE STILL EMBRACING MEDIOCRITY? SAY NO TO MEDIOCRE

Gerald Langiri
February 21 / 2013

Do you sometimes get that feeling that you are not where you should be? Maybe in that relationship or that course or that friendship or that hobby or that profession or that family or that religion……..you name it!!Like you are just mediocre?Like there really isn’t anything important about you?Like you need to rise to who you want to be?Like you are just one more ordinary human being?Like there is a piece missing?Well, we all do!!

I look at myself in the mirror and I see myself on that theatre stage.Sometimes its not theatre I see its Lizz Njagah I actually see…at times its Mkamzee Mwatela I see…no sometimes its Nice Githinji…or maybe LisaRaye McCoy…I dont know really. The reflections change with the mood but the point is I see a reflection of the actresses that I will be.Acting makes me happy,it makes me feel like am not just one more of the millions of people in the world; like its my imprint.Right from the first time I ever walked onto a stage at the age of six for a schools festivals play I knew it is what I love doing and any time I am acting that role, I do it with the passion it deserves.

We end up not being who our hearts desire because we fear to fail.We fear to take risks.I have been to many auditions over the past years.All you see during auditions is talent!!Pure talent that simply needs that one soul to believe and build in.However, all this is covered in fear.Fear of not being good enough,fear of not impressing,fear of rejection,fear of a judge,fear of failure……What on earth does that fear do to you? It only destroys that potential that was in you.We seek perfection but really as I always say  imperfect is perfect:)! Whether you walk out of that place without the role in the case of auditions it’s really no big deal if you loved what you did!!There is really no greater feeling than that feeling you get when you do something you love to the best of your ability.

Just watching a few of my close friends and fellow actors do what they love makes me wonder why we are still embracing mediocrity?? I mean you watch Cindy dance and you see Ciara!!!You break your ribs from Bella’s jokes and you miss Bernie Mac!! You hear Dee rapping I’m a star and it gets you thinking Minaj is probably overated!!You attend an Ola fashion show and you see Vanity and Vogue reloaded!!You find Essy drumming Eight drums perfectly and you think really is that even possible or should it be in Guinness book of records?…..I could go on and on because in each of us I see potential! Isee another star in the making.

We may not be there yet but really, the only way we’ll get there is if we dare take the step. Someday sooner or later we should be where we want to be!!If we never take that step of faith and overcome that fear of failure then we may live mediocre forever and as for me mediocrity is a sorry word!!!Do what you love, it’s what will get you past the mediocre with a smile on your face! Failure is just a bump on your success superhighway so get past it like a boss!!!

By Grace Mbai.


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