Sunday was so remarkable! We got treated to a concert that marked the end of the Muson Festival. Tomi and I found this baddass roof-top above Shell-Hall just as the sun was setting, and we used it to our utmost advantage to create such blessed art on the Lord’s precious day. But this post is not about Sunday.
It is Friday morning, and we want to eat Rice and Beans, and for the past twenty minutes, I have struggled with removing a frozen bowl of grounded pepper from the freezer. I have pushed and pulled at the cold bowl severally. I have tugged at it too many times, but it won’t bulge.
Ejo, e help mi 😂😭. Abi how else do you remove a frozen bowl from a freezer? I should turn the freezer off bah? Done that! You’re suggesting I pour some tepid water around to melt the ice holding-on to the bowl, yeah? I just tried that!
Using a Knife?! No luck. I even just went to grab Omorogun (amala-turning-stick) and would you believe that this bowl of frozen-pepper is just here, sitting very pretty, with the smuggest look on its white-plastic face? I’m actually this close to having a tete-a-tete with a bowl of pepper; “It’s no more funny Fam, people are hungry, we actually need to get you fried”. At this point, I think it is intentionally mocking me.
But who has ever experienced this? You are trying so hard to get something, you have pushed and pulled at it with all your youthful strength, over and over again. You are so sure that this thing or this person is yours, and you have put in all necessary techniques, played your best cards to make it yours. “My success depends on this”, you tell yourself. “My happiness depends on this”, you reassure yourself.
When I was in Secondary School, I studied so hard to be able to get into the Pure Economics department in University of Ibadan. Pure Economics didn’t budge o, instead, Educational-Management-with-Economics happened.
Funny thing is, almost the same thing happened during my job-hunt. I always wondered why I wrote KPMG’s, Accenture, Sahara’s aptitude tests and didn’t pass any of them even after praying so hard, studying so Hard and having the Mustard-seed kind of Faith.
The truth is that, not everything we desire and want is best for us and the moment we begin to accept this and instead of tugging so hard at the bowl of pepper, maybe pick out fresh tomatoes, onions, rodo and tatashe, to blend, we just might live a happier and easier life.
This is beyond the concept of “Unlimited Wants and Limited Resources in Economics”, this is actually the scope of seeing the blessings in place of the regrets, when things don’t work out as we planned even after giving it our best shot.
Now I realise that if I did not study Educational Management with Economics, I would never have discovered the passion and the power I have to educate, to inspire, to challenge and to change, in some way, the chain-of-thought and the future of some students.
And don’t you agree that maybe, just maybe the FOLABOMI dream would have died a slow, cold, silent death, if I had gotten a paid employment in any of those companies I really thought I wanted? I wouldn’t have had the many opportunities to dash to Yaba market from work at 5:35pm and I would never have had the honour of satisfying the clothing needs of over a hundred (100) women now.
I also realise that our frozen bowl of pepper just needed some time to defrost, ’cause we finally got it out. Who is ready for some STEW?