I had to get somewhere urgently on Wednesday, so, I boarded a tricycle (Keke Napep as we call it). Just before I entered, I ensured I told the driver where I was headed to avoid cock and bull stories. I kept mentioning the bus stop and he didn’t say a word, I was baffled and since I was in a hurry, I moved to the next person on the queue. A woman in the supposed Keke beckoned to me and said she was going in the same direction. I never realised the driver was deaf and dumb until one of the passengers wanted to alight. We all kept making gestures with our hands.
Oh my! It was pathetic. Immediately I noticed this, I shook my head and the haste to get to my destination disappeared. One part of me felt bad for him and the other felt happy because he didn’t accept fate. Despite his predicament, he tried to make ends meet and provide for his family. What excuse do people who can talk, hear, see and move have? I thought as he drove me.
If this man can do it, who says you can’t? Many of us like to make up excuses with our distress. You see a lot of able bodied people on the street begging for money and what comes to mind is: why can’t they find something to do? Could it be laziness? Have people refused to give them jobs? Whatever it is, the point I’m driving at is you shouldn’t be idle.
Idleness is prolific. Whenever you’re unoccupied, your mind nurses all sorts of thoughts and before you know it, you’re engrossed in one nasty act or the other. The reason for bringing up articles like this at the beginning of the year is to kindle the appetite for success in us. Take it or leave it, you must hit it big this year, no matter your condition. So, if you’ve started giving the same old story (this country is a sham, you need connection, etc.), drop it! Program your mind to see success in everything and watch how you’d feel indestructible.
You still have 11 months and 14 days to rewrite your story, how’s it gonna be? If I were you, I’d choose to make a move NOW! Initially, it might not feel good, sooner or later, you’d be happy you did.
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Writer: Damilare Ojo