Life is not always what it looks like.
I have come to understand that Life is in phases. I used to think adulthood was the biggest scam, I’ve come to know there are greater scams than adulthood. As a child I always looked forward to when I’ll be in my twenties, when I’ll be called an adult, when I’ll be able to do a few things that minors weren’t allowed to do, like driving, voting, moving out of my parents’, earning a living for myself, In general just being responsible for myself.
Fast forward a decade or so, I’m in my twenties and adulthood wasn’t all it seemed. I still don’t know how to drive (though this one is for fear of being the family errand boy 😂😂), I have my permanent voter’s card, I’ve exercised my franchise once. I’m in the University, being sponsored by my parents So i’m technically still under my parent’s roof, I’m in my final year, I’m living my dream, chasing my goals in full throttle, I feel I’m as responsible for myself to the best of the resources at my disposal would permit. It wasn’t as I thought It would be, If there is one word I’ll use to describe this stage of my life, Easy isn’t that word.
That brings me to the latest scam, Final year. In my freshman year, I always looked forward to final year as the ultimate. The year where you get to do your final year project, the climax of five years of toil. The year the whole jargon we’ve put in our head begins to make sense. Fast forward four years, I’m in my final semester and I envy the me I was in my freshman year that looked forward to final year as the Ultimate. After being bombarded by assignments, impromptu tests, mini-projects, term papers, no lecture-free day, combined with a few extra-curricular commitments, I can safely conclude that Final year is a scam 😂😂. I’ve been too busy, I’ve forgotten I’m supposed to be excited😂😂.
I’ve said all this to say that, it’s not wrong to aspire for greatness or growth, but it’s wrong not to appreciate where you are (were) in aspiring for greater. The 8-year-old me forgot that attached to the freedom of doing “whatever I want” that came with adulthood was the possibility of a jail term if “whatever I want” was illegal. I forgot to bask in being taken care of totally, now I see that taking care of myself isn’t as much fun as being taken care of 😂😂. My friend Endurance would say, “life is a scam”, and i don’t totally agree with him. The scam is anticipating tomorrow’s greater without appreciating today’s greatness.
It’s not what it seems, “Set your gaze on the things above, But appreciate the things around”. The path of the just shineth brighter and brighter unto a perfect day, Tomorrow’s brightness is assured, Appreciate today’s.