On being low-key (kuishi chini ya maji)

Whereas some guys prefer being loud and shouting all over the city, other guys tend to shy away from the spotlight and embrace a quiet lifestyle free of all the drama and public attention. Too much attention comes with a lot of reputation risks and gossips. You want to be the most talked about person in the city? just be prepared for a constant allegation galore. You might hear all kinds of stuff being said about you and you have nowhere to hide because yeah, everybody knows your name.

The city knows me

Lol, rappers say this a lot. “My hood needs me”. Sounds good for a rap career but kind of problematic for someone who wants a normal life. Sometimes the nature of your hustles expose you to public scrutiny. And you just don’t like the attention, you wish to take the money and leave the fame but that is always a hard thing to pull off. More exposure, more fame and probably more analysts auditing your persona. Of course you need exposure so that you can expand your business but you sincerely don’t need the drama that comes with many people knowing you. Living a quiet life and still making strides is rather a tough thing to pull off for many folks out there but it can be so awesome if you do.

Going Out

When you are young, you just want to go out. All you want to know is where is the party at? Otherwise what is the point of living if it is not on the edge. Life can be boring if you decide to just go under the radar and keep calm like deep waters. Unless you are an introvert who is not bothered by what is hot out there. But even introverts have their ‘go out’ moments when they feel like seeing the life out there. I know introverted guys who turns into the life of the party when they step out. Actually, introverts rule the world if you ask me. Extroverts are great but they have no mystery to their image. They are so exposed and open for the world.

The good thing with living low key is the less drama you have to deal with. Living underwater means you are going to have a small circle as opposed to when you are all out there and your circle gets too big.Yes, a huge circle is likely to get you more opportunities but also bring more problems. And I actually prefer a bigger circle, why would I have a small one. I am not going to hide from the world. I am still young and restless. I can barely go for a week without stepping out there to make some new friends.

And this is the point where I say staying low key might just shortchange you if you still want to expand your network. What will you do with being low key? If you ask me, you need to know where shit is going down, where business is booming, where the craziest parties happen etc. It is not just about being out there, it is about knowing what’s going on around you and how you make some living out of it.

It is good to blend low key with outgoing. When things don’t matter, you stay away from them, when they do matter, you keep up with them. And of course your friends will always be pulling you out whenever there is a loose plan somewhere even when you are trying to stay underwater. Leading a discreet life is quite tough when you still love life and have the energy to taste some of it.

By Slade Jeff

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