Have you ever dreamed? And in the dream, you were given instructions of what to do, or you are been told in the dream that certain things will happen, and it did happen, and you wonder why it is so real and so divine. The ability to follow divine instructions pays off, but sincerely, you sometimes have to pay a price for it.
What makes a man different is the ability to pursue what he believes in and made him succeed eventually. Mind you, failure is not an option, but the perpetrator of success. Abraham Lincoln failed seven times, but he finally became American president; whoa! That’s amazing. But the question is? What if he had stopped or succumbed to the abuse of men, especially his close pals. He would not have made history.
I have read stories about great men who in their time fought against all odds to make the world a better place for you and I. Generations after generations, their names linger on. We talk about their good works, which are immeasurable. Do we have to talk about works of faith or talent or battle for freedom, emancipation or scientific exploration? You will find these men and women there. Men and women who toiled, laboured and struggled not for themselves but for the future of generations yet on born paid the price for the wonderful world people now enjoy. Some of them lived lonely lives, were isolated, even isolated from the goodies of life just to make the world a better place; they dared to dream big. I have made up my mind since I was a young man to do something tangible with my life, although it is easier said than done. Life has its own challenges; anyway, that is a fact of life.
I recalled, there was a time after finishing my secondary school. I had great intentions; I wanted to be everything – Lawyer, Doctor, Accountant, Engineer, Pilot, etc. I was confused, not sure and to crown my confusion; I did not pass all my papers at once. I became disorientated, so I took the examination the second time. That time, the reality of life began to dawn on me because my father began to act harshly towards me. He complained of me playing too much, to the extent that he complained I used to eat too much. I know my father; I could understand he was literally saying failure was not an option. He was one of the best students in his time. In fact, he was given a scholarship to study engineering abroad. So you could imagine what he might be thinking anytime he sees me around the house not doing anything…
Nevertheless, I decided to pick up a job, although he wasn’t too happy about it, I mean this is a man who earned good money as an Engineer; but I insisted. When I got my first salary, I gave it to him. To my amazement, he told me to kneel down and for the first time my father prayed for me. I recalled some of the things he said to me as I grew up, was that, I should never give up, as long as I have the breath of life in me, “I can be what I choose to be.” Henceforth, dared to dream big. In this magazine, I have tried to paint pictures; the pictures of those that were trying and the pictures of those that have tried in their own way to make their Community proud. It is time we celebrated effort and talents. It is time to say good things about ourselves; life is too short to be remembered for evil. I remembered – Simon Cowell of the X– factor; he began a good work; he invested on talents, Some of the people he invested on are now Celebrities.
– but he paid the price. Let us emulate good works and dare to dream big.
By Sunday Olorunshola
Sunday Olorunshola is a writer, a qualified teacher and the publisher of Mytrinity Magazine based in UK.