Wake up people!

I was asked yesterday if I have gone on a blog break. That question was not out of place. I deeply apologise for going on an unexpected/unwanted break. I have been dealing with some challenges. I am working my way to be fully back here with you. Happy New Month Loves! May the month of August be kind to us.

So how have you awesome people been? I hope life has been treating you well despite all that has been happening and you have been finding something to be grateful for. There is always something to be grateful for. Do read this article and kindly share. It’s good to be back and I hope you are back here with me too.

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I love meeting new people. There is something fascinating about human beings that makes me look forward to meeting new people. I have been so blessed that in the past one year, the people I have met are the types that inspire me one way or the other. And most of the inspiration comes from their unconventional thinking or behaviour. Through some of these blessed souls, I have come to see far more to education as they have refused to allow their minds and abilities be restricted by the walls of a school. Infact, some of them are not overly committed to the conventional perception of school though they are in it. Instead, through the institution, they have been able to find and re-invent themselves, learn new skills and get started towards making a mark for themselves.

Education is very important. Often times when we refer to education, we talk about school, but I have come to learn that education can come through various mediums. I once told a friend that school is not for everyone. It really isn’t, and that’s fine as long as you have something legitimate that you are working towards. As long as your mind is constantly being sharpened and refreshed, I believe your ability will speak for you. Some people do well following a school curriculum while some never learn to fit into that box, regardless of their academic grades. But put these people in the outside world, test them in real life practical situations and they will show you that their mind and abilities far outweigh their school results. There is life beyond school and the rules are not necessarily the same. In school, you can get accustomed to the system and learn the visible and invisible rules for doing well. But life outside school doesn’t necessarily come with a manual. If you can succeed in school, but can’t outside school where it really matters, then what is the point of your stellar academic record or grades.

About three years ago, I listened to a spoken word rendition by Suli Breaks titled, ‘I will not let an exam result determine my fate’. The spoken word really got to me because he was basically saying that society uses the educational system to classify or group people. Classification in the sense that doing well in school means you will succeed in life and vice versa. Smish has already told us that CLASSIFICATION is not a bad thing, but it can be when it is used to box people in. Where through the use of classification, a person’s future is ‘decided’ and If care is not taken, a person with a third class degree can achieve less than he might ordinarily do because of the awarded grade. Whereas this person might have more to offer the world and might have more skills and abilities that just couldn’t fit well into the walls of a school. It becomes a tragedy when such person allows his degree to determine the use of his mind/talent and dictate the direction his life will take. It’s not to make you feel better when you are told that your results don’t exactly determine your future. You need to know it because it’s more paramount to realise that it is what you do with the result or what you don’t do with it (allow a bad result to make you feel like you are less) that matters.

I was with Itoro when we started discussing the future and salary. He told me about someone who graduated with a first class degree but has been unable to get a good job. The job he has now pays close to nothing. I was sad. He worked hard; this person deserves a good job and pay. After all, it’s one of the things people tell us: work hard in school and you will get a good job. But times have changed and life is not what it used to be. Itoro and I had a discussion about this and we both concluded that in this age, it won’t always be enough to rely on formal education. Itoro is really into music and is now using his love for music and art to create a brighter future for himself. He said that now, one has to take everything seriously because you never know which one of the skills/talents you have will settle you/take you places. I agreed.

I took a long and lovely walk with a friend today and we spoke about art. He was talking about his music and some other things he does and I said he should better take it seriously cause we just might never know where it will take him. He said the same about my writing and I remembered what is written in the bible. ‘WHATEVER YOUR HANDS FIND TO DO, DO IT WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT’ or better still, ‘whatever turns up, grab it and do it.’ I smiled because the bible basically gives advice that if adhered to, will take us far in life.

What is the point of this article, you may ask.

It’s just to encourage you to take whatever you are doing seriously. Expand. Develop. Learn. Be open to new ideas. Don’t let the walls of a school restrict you; neither should you let results deter you. Life is now becoming much more about what you can offer. Do not look down on that talent/skill. Put it to use and be disciplined about it, no one knows tomorrow. Be deliberate about life. The use of your skill/talent/interest might be the one to put food on your table tomorrow rather than your degree. Tomorrow is uncertain, so prepare yourself today.

‘A gift gets attention; it buys the attention of eminent people’ ~ Proverbs 18:16 {

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4 Comments
  • Elizabeth T Peters
    August 1, 2016

    Thanks for the wake up call girl!
    It’s nice to have you back – August is already showing signs of being great through MSB!

    Lots of love

    ETP

  • Frances Okoro
    August 2, 2016

    Seeing this here again… rang in my head this morning.
    Prov 18:16: the gift of a man maketh room for him…

    Serious words that should be used and adhered to.

    And welcome back Mayowa..hope you’re fine?

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