Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Fast car by John Paul Mugambi


Fast car


This year is moving faster than I would have thought...anyway I'm checking out my first posts and I realise that the political situation in our country might have just taken centre stage for the first two months of this year...which is 1/6th of the year or basically 16% of the year. Hey relax I'm not one of those guys who want to scare you on how much time ...we spend sleeping...or give you tips on how to manage your time...to the sec. As a matter of fact you should be giving me tips.

Anyway if you've heard Tracy Chapmans song fast car...then right now I should be singing it... I really need a fast car.

I'm do not mean literally need a car...well I wouldn't mind owning one...with all the walking miles I'm doing to save cash. But I'm really talking about the issues she brings out in the song.

Personally I'm in my 3rd job of the year...targets caught up with me at the one I started out the year with...these call centre metrics. Then at my 2nd which I did for 2 weeks...well I don't know maybe I kept comparing it with my first and it couldn't hold a candle to it...so I left (first job I ever quit by the way) all my others have quit me... one way or another.

So one problem with quiting and getting fired or starting at a new job...is that your finances are usually rock bottom...looking to get better...or buried in debt. And that's why I'm singing fast car.

And then to cap all that there's a million plans you had ... I was moving house by the way ... change of plans...back to sharing with my bros and sis's and me..."we're family"

So anyway back to my needing a fast car

You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere


yep I would really love to see my life going somewhere and maybe someone looking out for the brightest most good looking 26 year old nerd you ever saw to make a deal with. I know you're saying "Yeah right"

But my self critique mode goes into play...and I realise that I'm always going somewhere...every little effort I make...yeah it's a movement to somewhere...the problem with me and so many other people...tell me you're not in this list...is we don't want to keep moving ....we want to arrive there at the TOP of the world and get there quick fast and in a hurry.


Managed to save just a little bit of money
We won't have to drive too far
Just 'cross the border and into the city
You and I can both get jobs
And finally see what it means to be living


Well at least she saved ...I didn't with all the pressures of today's living ...I guess one of the things we should all learn to do is save a bit...I didn't say half or 30%...I don't know how much you wanna save ...but save a bit...kidogo tu.

Though she and I have something in common ...we're looking for our out in the jobs...we do or will get...and that's a bit scary. I know our jobs give us a lot...they take up a great percentage of lives...but they shouldn't be everything...at least we should have people who mean something to us...a venture or hobby or project that we wanna do aside from our work...I know you're saying look who's talking ...and yeah well you're probably right...but it's true anyway...what I am saying.
You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so you can fly away
You gotta make a decision
You leave tonight or live and die this way


Well decisions...you know after I quit my last job...I felt guilty for about a whole week. Sometimes we have to move out...move on...keep on driving in order to get somewhere ...

You got a fast car
And we go cruising to entertain ourselves
You still ain't got a job
And I work in a market as a checkout girl
I know things will get better
You'll find work and I'll get promoted
We'll move out of the shelter
Buy a big house and live in the suburbs
You got a fast car
And I got a job that pays all our bills
You stay out drinking late at the bar
See more of your friends than you do of your kids
I'd always hoped for better
Thought maybe together you and me would find it
I got no plans I ain't going nowhere
So take your fast car and keep on driving


More dreams... the supermarket checkout girl has dreams...the buyer who is buying two cartloads has dreams...and even I who is buying Snacky 15/= to give my body sugar to walk home yeah we got dreams....and like I've said before we celebrate these dreams...and we appreciate what we got..."job that pays all our bills" and one last thing ...I'm not in the family way...but if you are please prioritise your hubby/wife and your kids...are the people that count...no matter how badly life is dishing it out to you...just don't lose them don't shut em out or drown their love in a bottle or mediocrity.

I remember we were driving driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged
And I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone


The people in our life always bring great meaning in our lives...they really make us someone and make us feel we belong...our colleagues and clients more than our salaries...our families and friends and spouses and "love of your life" ...I know if your like me ...you're saying ain't no such thing ...but keep on the look out ...you may get smitten ...and start singing

And your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged


But again whose to say we can't take our fast car keep on driving...no matter how much time we expend at a place...or with a person...so long as we're still moving...well we're alive...we only "die" when we give up...stop dreaming or hoping....

So find your fast car...that keeps you on the road...if it's the life project in your heart...the dreams in your mind...the beliefs that give you hope...and no matter what life brings your way...or whatever you meet on life's way does not keep you from moving on.

So have a great 84% or 5/6 of the rest of 2008 and please keep on driving...

Sorry I haven't been posting much....no promises...but I'll try

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