I have had a crazy year, I must say.
Life in Lagos hasn’t been much fun either but of course, what is fun? The hustle continues…
Speaking of the hustle, one of those evenings on my way back from work when I am usually so tired, it seems I have been carrying stacks of wood on my head all day long, I tripped and fell…hard (and not for a dark skinned hunk).
Hard. So hard. Maybe I am exaggerating a bit here but I did fall hard. ‘Legs wide open’ hard.
This happened somewhere around computer village in Ikeja. An elderly man who was walking right beside me, helped me up.
I wanted to cry not because I was hurt but because I was embarrassed – I had fallen hard in public. Somehow, I stilled myself and lumbered towards the yellow rickety bus I was to board.
I wasn’t over the fact that my back had kissed the ground in public. I kept replaying the scene in my head even as the bus coughed like a man with a bad case of tuberculosis, then I asked myself, why I was beating myself over a non issue? Something that was bound to happen to anybody & to think that I was worried about the number of people that watched me fall when in reality they were just trying to get back home after a hectic day.
Despite the fact that I felt a sharp pain every time I bent my knee, I learned another lesson that fateful day.
I fell just like we sometimes do in life – you fall, fail, get out of line and when you realize how badly you have fallen instead of focusing on getting back up. You focus on all the negative energy oozing from every angle.
Who is laughing because you did not get that promotion? Who is doing a victory dance because you couldn’t get ahead in your business? Who got a second car while you are still jumping buses? Who cares? Nobody!
I don’t support mediocrity but it really doesn’t pay to dwell on your misfortunes and give misery a chance to take over your life completely. Easier said than done yeah? Those we refer to as ‘strong’ that’s how they go by…that’s one of their survival tactic. They do not dwell on setbacks.
It doesn’t matter how many people watched you fall. Most important thing is the lesson you learn from that encounter and how willing you are to be better or do better😀
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