Wachania Mithayo – "Into the Future"

by Rebecca McKinley

The youth of our world run through life with a feeling of power and invincibility, racing toward a future that is bright and adventurous. The celebrated arrival into adulthood often brings about a time of contemplation, disillusionment and confusion, causing the need to step back and take a look at life and the future from a new and very different angle. Reassessment of one’s direction in life and the realities that must be faced is not a quick process, but one that takes lengthy effort and patience. The wise take the time to carefully consider the steps they take, while others continue to rush through blindly.

"Into the Future" is an interpretation of this journey as seen by artist, Wachania Mithayo. Vivid shades of energetic red, mingled with hopeful golden light and smudges of challenging dirty gray, welcome and entice the traveler forward on this quest. The light at the end of the tunnel, encased by a darkened door-shape, promises answers and enlightenment, while giving hope and assurance. The road is long and continuous, enshrouded by bent trees that lean inward to protect, watch over and maybe even block the path. Similar roads will be taken many times throughout life; some long, others short, sometimes painful and other times joyful. We cannot stop the journey of life. It is in continuous motion, ever changing.

The journey into the future may be spiritual in nature, a time of self discovery, a process of going through the steps, or a struggle to overcome overwhelming obstacles. Whatever the nature, it guarantees growth and self-awareness. Ideally, we will grasp the strengths and nurture them to new heights. Our weaknesses can be accepted for what they are and often redirected.

This beautiful painting deserves a home in a prime location as a constant reminder to pursue with hope and anticipate with enthusiasm. Other paintings on Wachania Mithayo’s homepage are remarkable representations of the people, landscape and wildlife of the region. His realism is stunning.