Your choices matter..
” My life is no more optional. I don’t live a life of my own and can’t decide what my life is going to be like ” ~~~John~~
I wrote this down in my journal today and have been taking quick glances like my life depends on it. I am going to tell you how I stumbled upon this quote:
I was taking a walk as usual to relive the boredom chocking my lifestyle. I was walking across the pharmacy when I saw the pharmacist pushing a man away, a man which with no doubt older than my father. I decided to step into the situation not just out of self pity but curiosity hoping nothing bad would come out of it. I inquired from the pharmacist and he said “this man has no cash and he wants to be attended to”. That sent pity all over my spines. “How much does it cost?” I asked the pharmacist who was in no way anxious to attend to me.
“#5000”.. the pharmacist replied with a frown.
I guess that’s equivalent to 13.02 U.S.A dollar, 4.05 kuwaiti dinar, 10.37 pound sterling and 12.03 euro depending on your country.
I shuffled out some cash and gave the pharmacist and took the old man who I discovered was named John into the pharmacy to ensure he wasn’t ignored. When I was sure about his welfare, I decided to head home but John drew my attention to extend his gratitude. That led to the quote I put down in my journal and the intro for this blog post. John expressed his agony and pain furthermore:
” When I wake up every morning, I pray to God to send a Messiah for me. One to feed and help me for each day and today, you are my Messiah”.
You know what I told him??
” My life is optional, I get to live it the way I want. I don’t let people live it for me neither do I let them be a Messiah to me. I work for life and life pays me. I hope for the best always and watch them come true.”
” Hope and Faith belongs to the Young . Old creatures like us are already forgotten and are living the earth gradually” John smiled weakly and replied.
You know what I said??
“You have failed to have faith but the world is still holding onto that faith. If you aren’t going to Join the world to hold onto it, then you have failed”. I didn’t just bluff this out, I was angry and disappointed.
I was actually typing in this post but I drafted it planning to trash because I believed it was an encounter to benefit and advice me only. But looking at the world from my point of view, I realized that we all need such encounters with people who have lost faith and hope.
Life isn’t all about making choices, it’s about living to watch the outcome of our choices. Then why let people make choices for you?
Do you know what it means for a life to be optional? A life that is optional makes choices for it’s self, a life that is optional determines it’s progress, failure, encounter and rights. A life that is optional writes its own stories and isn’t guided by the stories of a brother, neighbor, family or even a President of a Country. Is your life optional??
A pandemic broke out but that doesn’t limit our lives, it doesn’t limit our choices, it doesn’t limit our faith, it doesn’t limit our hope for a greater future. Living an optional life means we dictate possibilities and we choose from various options. It’s like a scale of preference in Economics. We don’t have to give up, we can limit unnecessary wants to fulfill necessary needs.
What I saw in John’s eyes was faithlessness and hopelessness. And I saw that in 90% of the eyes I saw on my way home. Is this the way out? The government has made it’s decisions and we are left to make ours. We cannot depend or live on the little they offer us as “palliatives”.
I am not asking you to bolt out and lead a gang of protesters neither am I asking you to vandalize properties in a time of such distress. I am only asking for you to see the hope of our Generation and have faith in that. I am asking you to make choices and live by it. I am asking you to determine your life.
Sitting in agony in our apartments won’t do any good. Available online business forums are keenly awaiting us, lots of opportunities can be explored in times like this.
It’s what you decide now that matters. Your choices now matters and if you make the wrong ones, you got your self to blame and you are going regret it.
John couldn’t make his choices. He let people live his life, he waited for palliatives, he opened up for his choices to be ridden by people. And worst of all, his life was not optional. I know we’ve got no candies or cash to throw around. I know it’s quite difficult but you can make a difference and make choices that matters to the human race. Your life is optional, it’s urs and not even Anita can change that. So live it the way it should be lived. I know we are going to go through this and we will conquer our situations.
GOD BLESS NIGERIA. GOD BLESS AMERICA. GOD BLESS THE WORLD. GOD BLESS US.