Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: Memorable MemoriesPosted on Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 11:28 AM
There’s a place where good music takes me where I can forget all the challenges of reality; and albeit for a short time, I’m out of it. I’m in this world where there’s no bitterness, judgement, religion, anger, or intolerance. Times when there’s no music, I take solace in bants and laughter.
Last week, I stumbled across the English notebook of a secondary school child. They had been asked to write about their most memorable day. Below is an extract of his submission:
“… and the meat I ate were more than twenty and I drank more than eight bottles of minerals. I drank two bottles of Sprite, two cans of malt, three bottles of Fanta, one bottle of CocaCola, two bottles of Pepsi. I even put some minerals in empty bottles that I will take home. After that, I went to where children were taking ice cream. I saw that there were so many people in a roll of a single line waiting for ice cream but instead…“
Basically, he was narrating the most memorable day he’s had in his life so far. It was the day they were dedicating their church building and the highlight of the day for him was the copious quantities of food he ingested. I laughed so hard that my sides hurt. It dawned on my that “wetin dey worry every pesin dey different for this life!”
You gotta love the innocence of children though. When you grow up, you get bogged down by the harshness of life that it’s sometimes difficult to just enjoy the simple things. It now takes a special effort to bask in the beautiful things of life. We get so carried away with the things that don’t really concern us but we find ways to make them into time-consuming issues. Who’s sleeping with whom? Who confirmed that someone was actually paid a certain amount to attend a show? Who is homosexual and who is not? Goodness was that skin tone a tad different when we were in Airforce?
We find that we’re worrying so much about things that end up taking so much space in our heads that we end up becoming different. It’s essentially majoring on the minor things and missing out on the beautiful things in life.
So, I learnt a valuable lesson that day; going back to the days of simple things. It is true that life will hurl darts at us – it is true that how we deal with whatever is thrown at us builds or breaks us. However, there are those things we find that we’re dabbling into knowingly or unknowingly. We find ourselves a little too judgmental that we often forget that we aren’t flawless. I always preach the gospel of “Walk in my shoes first…” because many times, you don’t really know till you lift the veil.
Let’s leave behind some of the unneccessary baggage, spend time building more happy memories so that even in the midst 0f life’s drama we can find that happy place where we can smile and say “these are my most memorable times”
Have a fabulous week ahead! Stay strong, stay positive. Keep that smile in place and don’t forget to share your most memorable day with us. Let’s have some fun this morning.
Peace, love & cupcakes!
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