2016……what can I say
It seems like yesterday I wrote a piece about 2015
Bolt speed 2016… I just blinked and it’s the 31st day of December, 2016.
Despite the incredible speed of the year, a lot transpired. A lot made us sad and I must say, it seems like very few things made us thoroughly happy this year.
Yeah yeah, that was a rather bleak thing to say – forgetting the numerous blessings within the enigmatic 2016.
So let me tell you a bit about 2016 from my perspective
Well remember my excerpt from last year right? particularly facing the challenges of private practice in Nigeria. Well in line with that, I had to work and hustle like hell. I pushed myself to unimaginable limits. I had to inculcate a very annoying work ethic and of course (as predicted) I had little or no time for friends I would ordinarily have loved to see on a very regular basis. I hate this side of me and who I’m becoming. It’s true what they say, growing up sucks! (lol).
Anyway, I’m so grateful to God. There’s nothing I love better than having a schedule to go through on a daily basis. Truth is the greater the tasks, the sweeter the income (this quote is mine lol)
I must say maturity is something 2016 brought my way. Patience, tolerance and understanding…I’m not saying I wasn’t my usual self sometimes exploding, especially in traffic (lol). I’m just saying, I guess when you get older, you start hearing that voice that says “yo, chill it’s not worth it” and just like that, I let it go no matter what. Hehe I remember one episode alongside Barr. Barth at the Life Camp Police Station (call me for the full gist lol) boy! I can ginger sha lol.
This confusing 2016…
Well I must speak about the losses within the year. Prince, Mohammed Ali and so many others. Wow 2016 took the icons and the normal. Syria, Nigeria, Paris, Germany are just a few names that really suffered at the hands of terrorism this year. Well, with God all things are possible. I actually tried to stop listening/watching the news this year.So much hate in the world.
Closing this chapter now, this piece is meant to be a happy one.
So my baby sister traveled for her masters this year. Mr. tough guy writing this couldn’t hold it in. He cried like an idiot at the airport. Hahaha I miss the little rascal so much. Thing is, we’ve always been a very closely knitted bunch in my family. We were raised to always do everything together and this is one exquisite attribute of my family so having our youngest, our baby so far away is really scary but again, God is involved.
- A quote from one of our family portraits makes so much sense to me now
“one ship sails west, another sails east
Under the selfsame wind that blows
It’s not the gale
But the sail that decides where they go!”
Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year Chocho (talk to you later)
And yes……Uncle Tom Miachi. The perfect gentleman. May God continue to comfort the Miachi’s and my family. Looking at pictures of my Dad and Uncle Tom always puts a huge smile on my face despite the endless pain in my heart. It was painful three years ago, It was painful this year too. So my response? I wake up every day and work so hard in honor of their memories. (Kings forever in our hearts RIP Dad, RIP Uncle Tom).
Damn I’m already drained.
I think 2016 was quite dry and just as uninteresting as this piece of mine lol
Recession, bank restrictions etc . A lot really killed the hopes of Nigerians but remembering all the negatives, I’m no fool. Amidst it all, more miracles were recorded this year. Personally,I traveled a lot this year and that is certainly no cheap miracle : Preservation, provision ,protection and promotion are just the least of the numerous miracles we all ought to be thankful for.
I hope you celebrated Christmas with love and compassion regardless of the economy and I hope you are enthused about the New Year.
Have New Year resolutions please, it’s always been tradition to have those and I believe in them.
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book, by all means, write a good one.
Be optimistic, take risks.
Spend more time with your parents, friends and entire family.
Pray, pray some more and pray a lot more!
Forgive and forget.
Dream and never give up
Remember that popular poem?
“Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
We’ll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not”
It is my prayer that we all get to do this again next year and I promise a better happier brighter piece
Happy New Year
Okpas ‘Jojo’ E