It was November 2016 or was it December? Ok,it was towards the end of 2016 and i was in my 3rd year in the University for the first time. You’re probably asking why did she write for the first time? ask no more,i’ll give you your answer. I had to repeat my 3rd year in the University because i failed a professional exam that should take me to medical school proper and i had to be a 3rd year student for the second time but what I’m about to gist you is a series of events that happened the first time i was in my 3rd year,lol. Being a student in one of the most populous public universities in my home country Nigeria which happens to be the prestigious University of Nigeria, getting accommodation in any of her hostels every academic session was nothing short of a tussle. Now before you start saying,why don’t you just live off campus? just know it’s not that simple. I happened to be one of the not so lucky many(not few,lol)who were unable to secure an inside campus accommodation when allocation was ongoing that session. Even though we had our money,school politics of course was involved. The implication of this was that i had to live at the hostel reserved for medical students in their penultimate year which was at another campus entirely and was kind of far from the campus i was at at that time. This was made possible by one of the female students at the time who was my self appointed school mother with good reason though, my grades were poor then.
The stress of boarding and alighting commercial buses was taking its toll on me plus the expenses,i was fast becoming thinner,darker and of course very cranky with little or no time to study when i returned from lectures and most of all,i felt quite alone a couple of times,i felt like i was losing it and that was when i got reminded from within about a song i first partially listened to in a movie by Tyler Perry titled The family that preys,the song’s title is i hope you dance originally sung by Leeann Wommack however,a cover was done by the Legendary Gladys Knight. The lyrics of the song hold deep meanings to me and I’d love to share them with you because they strengthened and kept me going, even at some point when i was wrongfully accused of stealing an amount of money i knew nothing about. What hurt the most was the fact that it was by someone who had only good things to say about me initially,my self appointed school mother,yes you saw right,hahaha,i was hurt and disappointed but months later i was vindicated. I remember praying with the first two verses of the twentieth Psalm which reads;The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble,the name of the God of Jacob defend thee,send thee help from the sanctuary and strengthen thee out of zion, believe me when i tell you that prayers work, I’m speaking from experience 😉.
Ok,let me table down the lyrics of the song and the messages i gleaned from them….
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder; To me, this means that i should never come to a point in my life when enthusiasm is replaced with indifference no matter what.
You’ll get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger; Allow me to say that a hungry man is a living man, hunger is one of man’s many sensations that is controlled by the brain(the hypothalamus to be exact), physically speaking, one would only grow according to the proportion by which he responds to hunger for food and so it is in other facets of life, hunger for knowledge will push you to read or study,e.t.c. However,no matter how filled or satisfied we think we are,hunger has to remain in place,once we’re no longer able to hunger for not just food but other things that make life worth living including God,we start dying.
May you never take one single breath for granted; You remember the saying,you don’t truly know the value of something until you lose it,life is perhaps the greatest gift of all because when there’s life there’s not only hope, there’s faith and love therefore, we don’t have to wait until life is lost before it is valued.
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed; i personally consider this a powerful prayer point because a number of people have put a lot into loving someone and even being loved in return only to count losses and not blessings unfortunately,(smh).
I hope you still feel small standing by the ocean;i like to think of the ocean as life’s achievements in its fullest,we tend to become conceited when we’ve reached a certain height in life if we are not careful that’s why it’s important to remind ourselves that humility is a better virtue than pride.
Whenever one door closes,i hope one more opens;Life as we know it has its challenges, but every one prays to overcome in the end.
Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance;Most people go through life in perpetual fear especially fear of the unknown and so, it cripples them from reaching out to life,its many risks as well as the benefits that they would eventually bring. Faith on the other hand if given a chance every now and then will lead one to his or her land flowing with milk and honey,i mean if given a FIGHTING CHANCE.
And when you get a chance to sit it out or dance,I hope you Dance;Bear in mind today and every other day that life will no doubt throw lemons at you but it’s up to you to make lemonade out of them,life will get you in one mess or the other but inside that mess lies a message,life may come with a sea of trials intended to drown you but you can choose to be one heck of a sailor and sail through them, whatever you do,never forget to remember that you’re not at life’s mercy,your life is at your mercy,so DO RIGHT!
My beloved reader,thank you so much for stopping by as always,if you enjoyed this piece,i’d like to know at the comment section,perhaps you have a song or a poem or maybe words spoken by someone that has kept or keeps you going,it could even be from the bible or whatever books guide you, i’d also like to hear about it,your comment means a lot to me,much love and blessings from me to you,hugs and kisses too.