A different bird

Naomi J Sang
Posted November 21, 2019 from Kenya

I am seated in the balcony of the Pretty Girl hostel nursing a heart break. A heart break I had never imagined I would experience during this trip. I missed my flight yesterday. The return flight of my first ever flight. For the better part of the day I cried and drifted in and out of sleep. I wasted my day.

This experience takes me back to February 2015. This is the month I received my secondary school results. My excited mum called me only to find a crying Naomi. For me, getting a B+ marked the end of my aviation dream. I had always wanted to be a pilot; I still do. For months after I cried and drifted in and out of life. I wasted life and its unending experiences. 

While doing life we often have expectations. While expectations can be useful in keeping us on track, setting/achieving goals and motivating us they can be destructive. Having expectation but forgetting to keep an open mind is destructive. This was my story. With my failed expectations came self doubt and feelings of failure. 

When I was admitted to the university to pursue Applied Communication I felt like a failure. What is communication? I want to fly a bird. I want aviation. Because of this my first semester went by like a wind. I failed to capture the early beauty of what communication is. Of what effective communication can do to not only individuals but nations. 

I am lucky to not have wasted all my time mourning an absent loss. To have had a chance to fall in love with communication. To see how communication can help change and impact people's mindset. To see how effective communication can help youths be aware and hence be in control of their health and rights. I am lucky to be regaining my wasted time. Looking back, all the It is going to wok out well's are proving true. I found my bird to fly.

As I write this I want to chose to see the beauty in my missed flight. To explore and fall in love with bits of this town. And as I found love and healing in health and development communication I hope to find love and healing in Kuta. 

PS: Don't be too hard on yourself; it always works out.

 

 

 

Comments 30

Log in or register to post comments
Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Nov 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019

Hello, Naomi,

Welcome to World Pulse! What a joy it is that another voice from Kenya is rising up!

You write so well, dear. I think you can hone this communication skill all the more to reach for your dreams. You are still young. If you really want to be a pilot, you can pursue it in the future, too. I read an article weeks ago about a woman who fulfilled her dream to be an engineer at a late age, around her 60s. Nothing can hold you back to expand the potentials you have now.

I love how decided to embrace your new path as a communicator. Keep on giving your best, and you will go places. I'm looking forward to reading more of your stories. Please keep on writing.

I'm curious how did you learn about World Pulse.

Welcome again! Hope you connect with our sisters here. Have a great day!

Naomi J Sang
Nov 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019

Hello Karen,
Thank you for the warm welcome and taking time to read my story.
At 60? Wow, I should keep my dream alive then. I look forward to writing more, growth and sharing with you my sisters.
I was introduced to World Pulse by my mentor Patience Nyange and love the stories and community in here. Hoping to connect, learn and share more. Thank you and a beautiful day ahead!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Nov 24, 2019
Nov 24, 2019

Hello, Naomi,

You're welcome, dear. I enjoyed reading your story. Yes, here's a link to that story: https://www.tuko.co.ke/321025-lady-matriculated-43-earns-electrical-engi...

Oh, that's great. We know Patience. Yes, you are very much welcome to connect with everyone here. We'll look forward to reading your post.

Have a great day!

Naomi J Sang
Nov 25, 2019
Nov 25, 2019

Just finished the story and yes to my aviation dream living on!

Happy Tuesday and have a beautiful week ahead:-)

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Nov 26, 2019
Nov 26, 2019

Yey! Never say never! Have a great day!

Jill Langhus
Nov 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019

Hello Naomi,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) What a beautiful photo of the hotel that you stayed at. I see everything in life has having a purpose: every purpose, every decision, every person. I don't see anything you've mentioned as a failure, but as a stepping stone to finding your true power, inner purpose and joy. If you still want to be a pilot, go for it. If you find something else on your journey that resonates more for you, do that:-) We're all malleable, and we all the opportunity to make our lives the way we want them. The choice will always be yours'. I have faith in your capable to create the future that you love. You can do it:-)

Meanwhile, we're happy to have you as part of the community, and are looking forward to hearing more about what you're passionate about as well as your journey, dear.

XX

Naomi J Sang
Nov 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019

Hello Jill,
Thank you for the beautiful reminder. Hearing 'You can do it' from you makes things better. I am learning that everything has a purpose and want to use every situation to the best of my ability.
I look forward to a big family here. Thank you for the welcome and taking time to read my story. Regards :-)

Jill Langhus
Nov 23, 2019
Nov 23, 2019

Hello dear:-)

You're welcome!

Great to hear:-)

Hope you have a great weekend!

XX

Lisbeth
Nov 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019

Dear Naomi,
Congratulations on your amazing post. I must say you are a great writer :-).
A warm welcome to our amazing platform.
Ooh you took me back to my she days I also wanted to become a pilot. However, the wind blew me to entrepreneurship haha. You see!
We all have our talents and with hard work, we can see all is possible. Even pilots have to communicate effectively. Communication is a language and I am very glad you have come to appreciate the value of communication.
How are you doing? Have a great weekend and take care of yourself.
Warm regards

Naomi J Sang
Nov 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019

Hell Lisbeth,
Thank you for taking time to read my story and for the welcome. I appreciate the compliment too as I am working on being a better writer.
Oh! How are you loving entrepreneurship now? On the bright side I will be a pilot who effectively communicates :-) lol.
I am feeling so much better now, thank you. Found out that this town has perfect sunsets and I experienced a magical sunset last evening.
A beautiful weekend to you too. I look forward to interacting more with you.

Lisbeth
Nov 23, 2019
Nov 23, 2019

That is the spirit
"On the bright side I will be a pilot who effectively communicates :-) "

Entrepreneurship is amazing. To be your own boss is splendid. The joy of marketing, selling and buying and most importantly changing and improving other's lives can't be underestimated.
It's very cool, like wearing shades on sunny days :-).
I will surely look forward to that.
Regards

Naomi J Sang
Nov 25, 2019
Nov 25, 2019

Wow! That sounds lovely. This is to finding beauty in unexpected paths.

Happy Tuesday and a beautiful week ahead!

otahelp
Nov 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019

Dear Naomi, sometimes it really be disheartening when we fail to be where we want or think we want to be not knowing that we may not really belong there. thank God you were able to realise that communication is very good and can be employed to change peoples and nations behaviour and mindset.

thank you for sharing your story with us. Welcome on board. we are sisters because together we achieve more

Naomi J Sang
Nov 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019

Hello Ota,
Thank you for the warm welcome and taking time to read my story.
It is a beautiful reminder that sometimes we think where we want to be is where we belong. I am happy to have found the place I belong to now.
I look forward to achieving more with my new family of sisters. Warm regards:-)

Spiritedsoul
Nov 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019

Dear Naomi,
Welcome :)
You are an excellent writer. Everything does work out.
I look forward to hearing more from you.

Naomi J Sang
Nov 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019

Hello Spiritedsoul,
Thank you for taking time to read my work and the compliment. I look forward to sharing more with you.
Thank you and have a beautiful weekend ahead!

maeann
Nov 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019

Welcome to Word Pulse Naomi. Your story is your power.

Thank you for sharing your dreams. Looking forward to reading more of your stories on how you stand with what you believe.

Naomi J Sang
Nov 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019

Hello Maeann,
Thank you for the warm welcome. look forward to sharing more and interacting more.
Warm regards.

Tarke Edith
Nov 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019

Hello Naomi
You are welcome to this platform of women who hears each other's cry or joy .
You story was awesome dear ,so try not to be too hard on yourself.
Have a great stay here with us

Naomi J Sang
Nov 23, 2019
Nov 23, 2019

Hello Tarke,
Thank you for taking time to read my story. I am happy to be here and build a community of supportive sisters. I look forward to staying here and interacting more.
Warm regards :-)

Ekitah
Nov 24, 2019
Nov 24, 2019

Hello Naomi!
Welcome to this wonderful platform of women. At times we make our plans but God has a better plan from us. You didn't missed your flight. You are just where you were supposed to be. Your communication skills are great. You are blessed.

Naomi J Sang
Nov 25, 2019
Nov 25, 2019

Hello Ekitah,
Thank you so much for taking time to read my story and for the beautiful words. Looking forward to interacting more.
Happy Tuesday :-)

Stella Paul
Nov 25, 2019
Nov 25, 2019

Dear Naomi
Welcome to World Pulse and to the world of telling stories and making bonds that will last for life! We all have been there - at the space where we saw some old dreams break and fall. But the beauty of life is that then new dreams do appear and life reshapes itself , for a new exciting course. I am so glad you have already accepted that. By the way, You have a gift of writing - now that's another proof that communication is going to work out great for you! And yes, Kuta - and the rest of Bali - is beautiful - just like you are. Sending you love from India!
Stella

Naomi J Sang
Nov 25, 2019
Nov 25, 2019

Hello Stella,
Thank you so much for taking time to read my story. Oh your words; so heart warming. Thank you!
I look forward to interacting and sharing more with you. Just from your profile and I've seen that among many we share a love for travel. Indonesia was my second country after Kenya. I look forward to hitting 20 by 30 years of age! Lots of love from Kenya :-)

Julie A Amundsen DC BCAO
Nov 25, 2019
Nov 25, 2019

Wonderful words from a very wise YOUNG lady! Keep going....you're doing great! Some (even the most established and safe of us) don't understand or grasp what you experienced!! Blessings to you.

Naomi J Sang
Nov 25, 2019
Nov 25, 2019

Hello Julie,
Thank you for taking time to read my story and for the beautiful words.
Happy Tuesday:-)

MUKABA ZAWADI
Nov 26, 2019
Nov 26, 2019

thank you for sharing this beautiful interesting story

Naomi J Sang
Nov 26, 2019
Nov 26, 2019

Hello Zawadi,
Thank you for taking time to read my story and giving feedback. I am glad you like it.
Happy Tuesday :-)

Felicitas Wung
Nov 26, 2019
Nov 26, 2019

Hi Naomi!
Thanks for writing. You are welcome to world pulse.

Naomi J Sang
Nov 26, 2019
Nov 26, 2019

Hello Felicitas,
Thank you for taking time to read my story. I am happy to be part of the family.
Happy Wednesday!