Of Heroes & Heritage

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“I have news for you, there is no Superman (it’s up to us.)” Tom Mboya

Good morning! :-) I hope you had an awesome weekend mine was just fine. I don’t know about you but I love superhero fiction from comics to their adaptations on screen. Granted some suck but I love the whole thought of having someone been able to swoop in and save you from your problems.

Just imagine every time you’re broke and someone just swoops in and saves you with the cash you need or when you’re late to go somewhere superman comes and you hitch a ride on his back. Better yet you have superpowers to save yourself from life’s dilemmas. Alas, if  only wishes were horses, beggars would ride and I would definitely have some superpowers. So what’s the fascination with heroes? It may be because of the morals they uphold, the awesome powers or the fact that they show a desirable version of ‘perfection’. Personally, I love the fantasy because life is hard as it is and imagining the possibility of having or being a superhero is fun. We forget that the plots and storylines in these comic characters reflect society, not all heroes wear capes and have powers. It is people like Wangari Maathai, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai etc. who show us we can be heroes without superpowers. No matter how much you wish and fantasize for superpowers, fighting for what is right no matter the circumstances makes you a hero because not many of us have the bravado to do so. In Kenya, we have Mashujaa day which is on 20th October and is a day to celebrate the people we believe have done extraordinary things despite their circumstances, heroes. That is what a hero truly is, forget the fantasy which really is a big and dumb dream, seriously how can you be super and have a weakness, it’s like buying super glue and find its as strong as a glue stick. If you cannot be a hero you may as well associate with one it could be a friend or family member who has beaten the odds, like surviving cancer, creating opportunities for the less fortunate etc. find one and be inspired or own a piece of jewellery/artifact/emblem etc that reminds you to be brave.

I may not be Maasai or able to speak Maa, but I admire how they have fought to preserve their culture, talk about stubborn haha, but isn’t that what heroes are? Stubborn, sticking to what you believe in no matter the reality or interferences and still prevailing requires a bit of tenacity. Big global designer names have appropriated many African cultures, its unfortunate but remember ‘the bee is not sad that man takes his honey because man cannot imitate it’, we must be stubborn and show pride in our many different cultures. Just like many other Kenyans I love and appreciate their beadwork jewellery because…do you need a reason? Just look how bomb they are!

Keep Smiling :-)
Simply Siro

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Photography – Sizlopic Make up- Me

Dress- Old

Choker – Dupoto beads

Head beads, ring, bangles & Sandals – Maasai market

 

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