When I was young and growing up, I had dreams like any other kid even though part of my dreams culminated around the basic human needs like food, education, and shelter without forgetting clean drinking water. I dreamt of living in an electricity-lit house and do away with tin lamps. Dreaming of becoming a pilot or even driving then, was a far fetched IMAGINATION. In spite of all that, I still had a very strong conviction within me that I had an obligation to live right with myself and God.
It never crossed my imagination then that some day I will be able to meet the people I have been able to meet nor be at the level that I am right now. Just like anyone else, I would have sat back and blamed everything on my dad, who I never saw until I was 21 years old and only then just for two hours. I would have blamed my mother who appeared late in my life when I was 12 years old. I would blame all my relatives who never thought it could be a wise idea to come together and at least facilitate my high school education.
My grand mum, who brought me up, passed on when I was barely nine years. She had the ability to scout for resources from across her children who lived in the city to sustain us in the village. When she died, it dawned on me that my education was not going to be a priority. Before she died, she used to tell me , "my grandson, learn how to live with people, never complain on anything but pray about everything and wherever you set your foot, the grass you leave behind shall blossom."
Well, I had to abandon my dreams of becoming a pilot since that was fully dependent on education which apparently I had shelved as a secondary thought. I chose my friends carefully who could identify with my struggles, we together shared the same spiritual beliefs and dreams. Whatever we laid our hands on, from selling pineapples, hawking old news papers, working in construction sites, we did it with a big smile and every single cent we made, we appreciated. Amidst all that, I never lost my cool, I just lived one day at a time within my budget and life seemed okay to me even though some people could laugh and sideline me from their social spheres due to my economical status.
When I took running as a profession, I did so because I was running away from poverty but more so, I looked at it as my only platform to self actualization.
Dear friend, each one of us has their own past. You may have grown as an orphan; you and I could be sharing similar past. Or you may be living amid a cloud of uncertainty. Don't sit down and complain day in, day out lashing blames to your parents, spouse or friends. You have a great potential to becoming whoever you wanna be. Please, do not let circumstances limit you potential because if you do, you will be setting yourself off to a half baked future. You could be having "great" friends you hang out with, laugh with, watch movies with and when night comes, everyone retreats to their crib. If they DO NOT ascribe to your ideals and dreams it's a high time you let them go without giving it a second thought.
I am living beyond my dreams simply because I took charge of my life by making decisions that could favor my future. I never lost my patience nor did I ever loose faith in God's promises even when all my plans and dreams went down the drainage. You can do the same too my friend, by playing your part right and let God be... If I did it, you can too. I am open to sharing positive thinking.