BY ADEDAYO SHOWEMIMO
Too many phone calls yesterday with everyone just checking to see how I was doing.
It all made sense when news filtered in that OJB had just died from a disease I’ve battled with for over 4years now.
The general concern being the psychological impact of being reminded of the likelihood of one’s demise thanks to the unpredictable & deadly nature of living without a functional kidney.
For closer friends, aware that I had lost many associates to this struggle – 3 being in the last 3 months and that each one lived with issues less complicated than mine, calling me was like checking up on a pal on death row. Lol
Now it was time to return the calls and assure every single one that the unfortunate event is no reason to lose faith. It’s no proof that I must toe a similar line. That I am not holier than any whose journeys have ended and thus wise enough to understand that logic does not explain the sustaining power of grace.
The fact that a pattern surrounds you, does not mean your future has been moulded by it.
Your faith, your vision, aspiration and motivation must tower above your environment all the time. That explains why people make it out of the ghetto.
Beating the odds posed by environment has always been so for all of the great men you know.
Events around your predecessors must not define your journey.
A good example is the story of the Brazilian footballer Neymar.
From a land where the world’s greatest footballers hail from.
Logic would say it can’t get better than Pele, Zicco, Bebeto and Ronaldo for him. They had pretty much sealed the bar where they set it. Dooming any follow up act as staying under their shadows.
Neymar didn’t allow the fame of his predecessors eclipse his believe to do better and break new records.
And just that, he has done. Tiped to join R.Madrid @ 14, he scored his 100th professional goal on his 20th birthday and is still the only Brazilian athlete in history to make the cover of Time magazine.
What around you shakes your faith in you? What around you weakens your resolve to try breaking new grounds? What tempts you to want to conform to playing out a predictable script? ‘Nothing!!!!’ should be the only answer you know.
So if you want to think achieving Hollywood as a Nollywood player, please think it. If you think family trends would end with you, please believe it.
Believe in the uniqueness of your path. Do not be spinning around the world. With faith, take a stand and watch the world adjust.
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