Ruth Mekasha

The Search for Meaning

The search for perfect happiness has worn out the soles of many men. Throughout history, philosophers have pondered and wondered about the remedy of a happy life. Ultimately, the consequential terms Existentialism, Nihilism, and Absurdism were coined. Before telling you which group I relate to, I want to explain their meaning.

Notes on Perfectionism

I had a friend who always used to say ‘If I look for perfection, I’ll find excellence.’ He even had it on his bio on social media. When I asked him what he meant by that, he explained,’ Even though I can never achieve perfection, inevitably, I can attain excellence.’

Love, Nappy Hair

When I was a little girl, my father used to take me and my three brothers to the barber shop to cut our hair. Back then, I didn’t mind nor care about having my head shaven clean because I wanted to spend more time with my brothers. What was my dad thinking? Perhaps he wanted to establish his own exclusive all-boys club even though I was a girl. Reminiscing back, I haven’t yet understood the weight my hair had on my belief of what beauty is.

Wherever you go, there you are

It was when I joined the university that I realized my distorted sense of self. I was surprised to find that I brought my thoughts, my insecurities, and my perspective with me. The silver lining is, that once you accept the fact that you can not escape yourself, a new wave of hope arises.

Are We Desensitized to Poverty?

Are we way too familiar with suffering that we become less and less emotionally affected? We forget that those kids in the street have the same wants and needs we do. It has come to a point that most of us avoid individuals who might need urgent medical care for fear of it being a con. If not, it’s the ‘bystander effect’ where people are less likely to offer help or intervene when other people are present because of the assumption that someone else will take action.