Tuesday, 19 June 2012

What Next?

It's that time of the year again; end of the academic year. For some it's one lap completed another to run, for others it's the end of the race. Hearts relieving as results come out and you realise you're officially a graduate. Oh the sweet sigh of relief as you appreciate all those nights you burnt the midnight candle, desperately draining every last drop of coffee to stay awake and meet a deadline, the days of dissertation were everything around you ceased to be; like time itself had paused in the moment, and those 9 a.m classes, boy!.....But now it's over and you anticipate the graduation ceremony and getting to turn the tassel around and walk out that door like a boss (sory caught in the moment). Sweet feeling isn't it? But sooner or later the question, so what's next? Pops up in your subconsciousness and you begin to ponder on life changing decisions. For some ambitious people it's a Master's degree and for other's who don't have a choice as well it's still masters *cough* Nigerians. For some it's taking over the family business or being introduced to it and for others it's marriage (Le sigh of life). And for alot of people you just don't know yet. As a Nigerian I know my choices are quite limited; definitely masters then NYSC, but more so are the limitations for the fact that I'm a girl. Very soon the old people would begin their national anthem of marriage and children (rolls eyes) but like Aisha (my good friend) and I were thinking; do they ever stop to think that just maybe there may be a life outside Nigeria? A world much bigger than the small box they live in? Sadly most people would never know of that world as they are assured to be slapped if they mention plans other than further education and marriage. Life is all about risk take right? I'm not saying buy a ticket and move to a foreign country; that one dey your back pocket oh! Life is no Eat, Pray, Love movie. But I'm saying this is where the real journey begins; the rest of your life is being shaped right now. Where you go from now on, the choices you make; it's no longer short term effects but life time consequences. Dare to dream and live your life less you wake up one morning angry at the world because you left your canvass bare and your paint out to dry. Let your dream and your passion and whatever course you take be your ticket to Life. "The rest of your life is being shaped right now, with the dreams you chase, the choices you make and the person you decide to be. The rest of your life is a long time and the rest of your life stars now" OTH I wish you all the best in your lives. Here's to success, happiness and a purpose driven life *Clink* Love, B

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