Remember when we asked you to send in essays discussing how 2018 was for you? Because, you know, writing can be the best therapy. And sharing your joy and pain and all the emotions you’ve felt through the year can only be a good thing.
My name is Sholz and I have been reading Epilogues on BellaNaija for about two years now. I decided to share mine, because lately I have had reasons to be grateful.
I started 2018 on a very high note full with optimism of securing a position as a management trainee in a multinational company, having spent the last days in 2017 undergoing all their assessments, which I believed I aced. January passed and no feedback from the recruiter. Then in April I got a mail (which my friends and I tagged “love letter”) stating that the process had ended for me.
I shook that aside and went to chill with a friend. I only felt bad that it took so long before the feedback came.
2018 has been full of ups and downs. I wrote my second semester Masters exam and was preparing to proceed on a fieldwork which didn’t hold until after about four months. The waiting period was one hell of a kind. I had to postpone prospective job placements due to the uncertainty of commencing the fieldwork.
Also I had to travel a lot during the course of the year as I was determined to secure a job placement before the end of my masters program. I travelled to Igarra in Edo state via Ibillo, a route that is very notorious for robbery and kidnappping, but God saw me through. I also travelled to Abuja with hopes for a job offer that I later turned down because the employer wanted to cash in on my situation. I bless God all the way.
You know that saying of being persistent and never settling for less – coupled with God’s grace and mercy in abundance? Oh yes! I am a proud product.
I became blessed – from writing the aptitude test to get into a very reputable organization to attending to first interview, to being called for the final one to proceeding for medicals, to starting at the training school, and finally resuming as a staff. Able God came through. It came just a week to my birthday this December. What a perfect birthday gift.
2018 also came with the gratitude for family and friends. I enjoyed the company of some good friends which made me get past the times when things were not working. Family also stood by me at all times. These, I can never take for granted.
So, going into 2019, I choose to live with gratitude to God and reciprocating the love shown me towards all who came through at different times.
Read up on previous editions of BN 2018 Epilogues here and send in your essays to features(at)bellanaija(dot)com. Let us know all the twists and turns and successes 2018 came with. Send your mail with the title “2018 Epilogues.”