Saturday, 12 April 2014

...the things we can touch...we can change

They say that there are so many things in the world that we have to get done. Those so many things that should somewhat translate to our purpose. We oblige, whether we like it or not. We are sucked into the vortex of this heavy reality. The desire to make our beds more comfortable; to make our lovers more exciting to be with; to make our faces more admirable; to make our jobs more tolerable. The things we do...the things we do for a life, for an existence.

Then again, what of those things that we cannot do. Those things that we can not lead or alter. Those fierce forces in our lives that insist on happening- or not happening- whether we like it or not. Our big questions. Our big hurdles. Our big realities. The truth that we are not as powerful as we think we are. That we can not take as much as we think we can.

I look today at the circumstances that surround my country Nigeria. The way she is looked at from the outside, and the way she is belittled and slandered on the inside. I look at the hypocrisy, the bigotry, the wickedness. The ugliest of it is that, she is one big process, one big renewable mechanism. She feeds herself with so much unforgiveness and paranoia, accepting the reality that home will never be as good as it should.

Too bad, there are things we can not change. However, I am thankful for the things we can change. Someone once talked about providing jobs, and he said...look, we just have to get them employed first, we'll talk of passion later. Let's settle for getting schools out first then we can talk of the quality of the schools. Let's get the boys busy with something, anything, then later we can talk about reinventing them.

But even in our doing this I hope that we don't settle. Let us work today with the intentions of returning to improve on our work. Let us not settle.

Our big question is settling: Why do we have to settle?

We should not just churn out substandard products from our world and pretend that we have succeeded. No, we haven't succeeded, but we are succeeding.  We get closer with every push for a better, more phenomenal result. But we must continue.

I celebrate the Youth Corpers who are on board now and I urge them to give whatever they are doing their best. Let us begin from somewhere, from the things that we can touch, and the things that we can change. Let's realise that though we have started, starting is just the first step. What's next? Where do we go from here?