What’s this life about? Enlighten me… The thrills? Maybe! Or to achieve greatness, or maybe to while away time on earth (till you ain’t feeling it no more)? If you’re Nigerian, you must have heard the catchy but false phrase “life na jeje“. False? Yes false. Think about it, from the day we take our first baby steps, life becomes a race! There are always laid down standards we have to meet at every stage of our existence. So, do we have the luxury of ‘taking things slow’? I personally don’t think so. “Are you saying I should live in a rush?” That must be the question running through your mind now. Be still, I’m just saying, that if at this time, and at this age (18+) you haven’t pictured your purpose, then you need THE CALL. Not the proverbial religious call, this one is the “call of duty”.

My generation is running late, let me explain; the old folks do tell us tales of how their lives kicked off in their early teens, how they supported their families, how they didn’t have to ask their parents for the basics, the independence they had, the ambition. In typical cases their drive was propelled by the strains poverty caused their childhood. They were sent to live with Uncles and Aunts and trust African relatives to give you drama, eventually they had to leave to find a future. Some even started school at 15, not university, secondary school, university was for adults in their time. The advantage then was that there was reward for their hustle, the country was experiencing Her oil boom, and for a graduate, life was blissful but the hustle sure wasn’t cheap, not in the slightest. The former generation excelled at an early age, but we, we keep success for later, its hard to imagine why.

My generation is running late; yes I said it before, don’t mind if I emphasize. Self examine right now, ask yourself – “In this life, what have I achieved that is noteworthy?” You have probably spent over two decades on this surface, and you maybe haven’t done squat in your life, you are waiting to finish school, or to get married, then get serious with life. We forget that soldiers don’t practice on the battlefield. There’s a talent you know you obviously have, it’s so obvious that even your neighbours know, but you have not used it for anything just because your parents are always there to provide orbecause laziness has now become your delilah.

It all comes down to the fact that a host of us are not ready to leave our comfort zones, not for anything. Some of us don’t even care if that talent decays. Its sure easy to complain, and blame your parents for not encouraging you, or government; for not providing the best environment for you to flourish, but then again its your life, and if you continue to tread easy you just might end up on the shelf.

I can write, you can do a sport, you love to sing, you can dance, you love to talk, you love to bake, you love to DJ, you love to sew, some of us can even script-write but we refuse to develop any of these , why? Probably because you think your university degree is sufficient, but remember that these are economically unpredictable times, so a well developed skill could save your life when/if unemployments sets in.

This is my message for you, start something today, not tommorow! Today!!! I’m not talking major stuff here, if you can sing, today, write a song, if you can script write, today, write a play, never let those 24hours go without doing nothing.
They say if you want to live a great life on this planet, plan it
Life is once, make it epic

Written by @johniyoha1
Edited by Ken Iguodala @kiguodala


15 Replies to “THE CALL”

  1. Great write.
    You made valid points here. But I beg to disagree with u in some areas.
    You say we make excuses when we say our country/government or parents don’t give us room to flourish, they aren’t excuses but tangible reasons. Its difficult to break out n do something that’s not the norm. Most parents expect u to go to school, graduate wif a Law or Medical degree n get a good job, that’s cos of the country we are in. I respect anyone who does the unexpected cos its usually a big risk. Its gonna take a while but I think we are getting there.
    Secondly, our generation isn’t late. Just cos we wait till we are done with school to make our way ourselves doesn’t make us lazy, it makes us smart n wise if I dare say. Our parents had to do menial jobs to make life easier for us, but we choose to use our head to make life better for ourselves n our future ones.
    The latter will always be greater than the former


    1. @just porsh.. Sound comment, my point is, excuses will always be there, but as you said respect is given to person who achieves the “unexpected” … secondly, we are running late doesn’t mean we aint doing well, but we could do better!


  2. This writeup is timeless, gush..!!! U gat me examining my whole being, made my mind travel places I haven’t set thoughts on before…. Keep it up bro


  3. Nice write-up yet again,bro. I can relate to your views,bt there’s a flip side of that coin. Archimedes once said ‘Give me a place to stand,and I will change the world’. And if d govment or our parents can’t provide dat ‘place to stand’,we can either hit or miss.


  4. I kept on smiling as I read through your write up,from the very first line to the last full stop on the last line,it was a very brilliant masterpiece and this very word ” We forget that soldiers don’t practice on the battlefield” got me deeply amazed.


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