Towards the end of 2016 through to the beginning of 2017 for a period of about 2 weeks, I had me a friend and his wife visiting from the United States staying at my house. As expected, most of the conversation went around, “back home, (these Ugandans call US home; may Trump be kind to them, LOL) this and that…” and many of the times, I would sit there like a villager all listening, many times in awe! The imagination of what my face looked like in those moments had me thinking, “this is exactly what happens when I “land” in Nyarushanje-Rukungiri for Easter or Christmas and tell these people about the happenings “back home” here in Kampala! (May Jennifer Musisi be kind to me too, LOL)
Now, the stories will always be told, even between people from similar walks of life but different geographical locations. However, one thing will always remain constant; you will always sound outright stupid claiming to know what you don’t! For example, guy says something about US prisons and because I watched “Orange is the New Black” or “The Night Of,” (great series this, check it out if you haven’t. What a story!) I suddenly become an expert on happenings in there? Come on now! Kindly by force, be humble take a seat in the corner!
It is okay not to know, it is okay to just listen, learn, and admit you didn’t know something and that you now have an idea about. It is commendable, actually. It communicates volumes about who you really are.
You may have at times met people and as you got into conversation about stuff you experience, they found the need to chip in an “I know” here and there, 5 out of 6 times escorting that with a totally irrelevant example! For some of them, it gets so chronic that you will correct the example to apply to what you actually meant and they will still claim to know what you are talking about, only to give a likely more irrelevant example! Shameless Wakandans!
At this point, their attempt at being “intelligent” has them looking like the biggest fool you ever met, right? And you know how history is, it can never be edited! From then on, they probably need to perform a Jesus-like miracle to ever redeem themselves from this pit of foolery you see them in, which they probably will never do! First impressions, yo!
So, how about you sit back and listen, chip in with examples of your own from what you have actually experienced! Because whenever you work hard at people having a certain perspective of who you are, you end up selling the Chinese product of who you actually are! A fake! (Sorry China, bringing you up under these circumstances keeps happening)
We are all different and bring different qualities to life. That’s for a fact. On top of being a good listener, just be you and you’ll be amazed at what you get to achieve.