EXISTING or LIVING?
When I was young I had three hobbies, reading (certainly not textbooks, thanks to my big sister that owned three portmanteaus of novels), writing and listening to music. I love listening to music the most. Even when I could not fully process all the lyrics, Phil Collins stole my heart at a very young age. Writing was a part of me that I kept to myself. Apart from writing long letters to my older siblings (my eldest brother got most of those long letters, that consisted prayers, ‘gists’ about my favourite friends and mostly request for new comics), I enjoyed writing down my fantasies in the privacy of my room away from my siblings and kept them all away but guess what? I kept writing.
I was opportune to study a course that could have propelled me on the right path but after graduation, I jumped on the bandwagon “I must get a job” and I jettisoned my passion. After that, I EXISTED for more than a decade chasing after pay cheques at the expense of what gives me pure joy – WRITING. Suddenly, I realized I had existed for too long!
My definition of LIVING is doing something meaningful with my time, talent and life in a manner that is worthy of emulation while enjoying my existence*. Enjoying life doesn’t mean I get it right all the time, doesn’t mean I am happy every day, doesn’t mean I hit my target every time or that I have the best of everything. It simply means I have a sense of purpose that drives me and makes me want to give life all I’ve got. I simply intend to be the best at being myself.
Now, I don’t just listen to music, I allow the lyrics to take me on a wingless flight of inspiration. I read to relax and have insight. Most importantly, I write storybooks to subtly teach children social and moral values. Am I there yet? NO, but I am willing to take more concerted steps in the direction that gives me joy even if the road looks bleak today.
Why am I telling you this?
As adults, encouraging children everywhere to be the best they can be is our responsibility. Now I have the urge to groom children to write for children because if I could turn back the hands of time, I would have shared all I wrote and locked away earlier in life. That is why this creative platform is for parents/ aunts/ uncles/ cousins who are LIVING and are ready to inspire younger ones to start living as early as they could.
What was it you enjoyed doing as a child that you left unattended till much later in life?
Are you bold enough to share your experience(s) with others to motivate them to give their children a chance at living their passion right now?
Here is your opportunity to make a difference. SHARE and let’s inspire one another.