A few years back, we embarked on a journey to attend a wedding in the eastern part of Nigeria. None of us knew the way there, we knew our starting point and our destination and hoped that google maps(g-maps) knew the way.
Most of us are not too different, we know our start point in life and have the desired picture of what the endpoint should look like. However, what lies between could sometimes be a little hazy, so we worry or become anxious. The thought of what lies ahead can be unnerving especially at the key stages of our lives when we transition through phases like finishing university and being tossed or launched into the big wide world. I remember my transition clearly, I was a bit clueless as I experienced many firsts – first resume/CV write up, first interview, first rejection, the first time I wasn’t sure what will come next because this was beyond writing an exam, getting promoted to the next class and having someone pay your fees. In this new territory, the buck starts and ends with you ideally and then top it off with a system that seems to be working against you.
To get to the wedding destination, we plotted g-maps and began to drive.
We make progress in life by moving, you can not make progress by just sitting, wondering, waiting and worrying. Any movement takes you closer to your destination, even wrong moves may set you back a bit but you can always recalculate and recalibrate. A move could be preparing your resume, attending job interviews, taking courses, learning a new skill, starting a business or doing an internship.
We hit a block, g-maps said turn right, right was a bank, not a road. We were confused, we could not go right even though g-maps said so. We kept driving straight on, g-maps recalculated.
While moving, you will encounter roadblocks, broken promises, disappointing turn of events, missed timelines. You may even wonder if you heard from God before making that move. But have you stopped to consider that God can make something beautiful out of even a wrong move? So don’t beat yourself up, be like g-maps, recalculate and keep moving
And the night got dark and darker, we stopped to find a place to relax and refresh.
Life is not a sprint, it could be a relay where you stop now and then to give the baton to a better version of yourself to run the next lap of the race. At those stops, you find time to relax because the journey ahead is long and refresh because your current version needs some upgrading
In the morning, we hit the road again.
No matter how many times and places you stop, always hit the road again when morning comes. Don’t give up on trying again.
We got to our destination after many hours, we didn’t get there by contemplating the way, we got there by getting into the car and moving.
We enjoyed the sights and sounds along the way, shared some good laughs, ate the local delicacies along the way, disagreed and agreed. Enjoying the journey is as important as the destination itself, so decide to find joy in every moment of your life. Don’t be too obsessed about ‘there‘, the process and places that you go through are part of the package.
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