Jazz fest is coming up.
I’m always excited when it comes to Jazz festival just because of how electric the performances are , the ambiance , the food. It really is such a well organized event. I am such a huge fan of the work Safaricom is doing . Creating an environment for the kids to thrive through their talents is just amazing. That being said today’s post has a bit of a twist to it. I want to speak on something that I have taken a while to come to terms with.
I have dealt with social anxiety for the longest time, and over the past 6 years I have been able to overcome my fear of people. I know what you are thinking “what a load of crap, you are always surrounded by people” I know , my friends don’t believe it as well, the nervous feeling when I come across of people that I don’t know, opening my mouth to have a conversation with people who don’t share the same interests with myself. Just the thought would send me into a mini panic attack. I ended up cancelling going to many events which in my line of business ended up hurting my social presence, I got to miss out on a lot of opportunities that really kicked me down.
About two years back, I remember being surrounded by a ton of people at a popular club in Nairobi. I remember my chest being tight, I couldn’t breathe and all I needed was to be in a dark corner and just sit in silence. This moment will forever be etched in my brain . The feeling of helplessness , not knowing what would happen or even what was going on. This was definitely something that I had to overcome and conquer. It’s been a while since I shared some life hacks with you guys and I am so happy to share my story with you guys.
Open up your mind
Breathe babe! You see with an event like Jazz fest, you will meet over a thousand people. You need to mentally prepare yourself. For anything to happen, no, not the negative stuff. When I got over my fear of humans, I realized just how much I loved festivals. You get to meet people from all walks of life, with different passions and interests. But you’re not so different, the reason you are there is the same. You have come together for the love of jazz, good food and to have a great time.
I always say the first step is to dress up then show up. Dress like who you want to be, I realized that wearing bright colors made me feel happy, stop covering yourself with dull colors. You got this! In case I have never told you the story behind my line #PoshbyJay, I remember just wanting to feel better on the inside. Learning to believe in myself is such an important thing to me. I stay posh all day! Now get your butt over there! Go! Just leave that house, the more you leave the easier it becomes, who’s down next weekend actually? I need a a squad, a bunch of guys who just love to listen to good music and we’d be still supporting such an amazing cause right?
Stuff your face
If it gets too much, take a walk and stuff your face. lol worst advice? I think not, I can’t say it’s good to find comfort in food but when there is so much good food why not? I think it’s something that we can be able to enjoy, we can eat a salad the next day.
Take a moment and just enjoy yourself.
Take in the music. I remember when I got to see Hugh Masekela. OH MY GOODNESS! I had to just take a break and take in the music, I get to find out about new musicians every time whenever I go to a for a Safaricom jazz fest. Whenever you feel that it’s a bit too much, just take a break and enjoy yourself, move to the side, find a corner and just take in the music. Take in your surroundings, take it all in an enjoy yourself.
Jazz it up fam! If you are anything like how I was before, you will be just fine. Just take the time, let’s get it together and just enjoy ourselves. Let’s go for this Jazz fest, follow the @safaricom page on twitter on more information on how we can be able to jazz up our weekend together on the 26th of February. Just remember my posh people. We are in this together.
A huge shout out to Joy Kendi for pushing me to do the most!
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I love you guys,
Live , love and stay posh.