by Anjola Ogunsanwo
” You can’t reach for the stars merely by looking at them at night. You reach for them by soaring up to them”
Those of us who haven’t exactly been there, (I mean up at the top) are probably still waiting for that ground breaking moment. That moment when we just get all we ever wished for: money, fame, and success. We hope it happens as it does in the movies, that climax-filled scene when a talent is discovered by some big-shot executive and the bucks start rolling in.
Newsflash! That never really happens in the real world. Yes, I said it. It doesn’t happen. You can’t reach for the stars merely by looking at them at night. You reach for them by soaring up to them.I can remember surfing the web a thousand times a day just to get updated on whatever essay contests were available. There was so much enthusiasm while surfing and when I finally got information on the contests, it was a struggle even trying to start writing. I waited for the times when I would be less busy, times when there will be more enthusiasm to write – (Writer’s inspiration) as ‘awon oloyinbo’ would call it. What happened most times was that I would usually finish the essays long past the deadlines, if I finished them at all, and soon I realised it was all me , and that was the problem!
In my short time on earth, I’ve learnt that there will never be a perfect time. There will never be a best time to do something so you have to prove that the time to do that which you desire is now. Life will give you reasons why you can’t or shouldn’t do them. It usually sounds like this ‘you have school to deal with, try it out when you graduate’ or ‘you are still too young to be a CEO; you need a little more time ’. These are all just excuses that will be used to talk you out of doing what you want to do. I’m such a fine one to speak, aren’t I? I am the one who had hopes of being a fashion designer but gave up when I didn’t seem to get any buyers for the first set of blazers I made (albeit really nice blazers), and yours truly started a blog and left it because my first four (and only ever) posts on it didn’t have a million likes or 50 comments on them. I’m the same one who never thought myself a good writer, because I got intimidated by other fascinating writers.
But that WAS me, because, today and for every day that passes, I make that decision to stop allowing life lead me and to start leading my life; not give up on my dreams because others don’t share it with me. I’ll keep blogging and even if nobody comments on my posts, I’m happy as long as someone reads and gets inspired; Besides, I’m doing what I love. I’ll still design my nice blazers and even if no one will buy them, I will wear them all by myself. I know I can’t sugar coat life and it’s not going to be rosy all through, but i can take one idea, one achievement at a time. There will definitely be rough times and things may not go exactly as planned, but I’ve come to know that failure is a gift that has success embedded in it.
So what’s that dream that you’ve been holding on to, you should remember today that as long as you can still see that dream crystal clear, now is the best time to wake up and bring it to reality. Trust me and believe that it will be very successful as long as you have faith. Blessings!
Anjola Ogunsanwo is a 300 Level student of Mass Communication in Covenant University.She likes reading and motivating people. Unashamed of her love for God and the freshness it gives!
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