I thank God for granting me the opportunity to mark the end of another year spent under the sun, today. As I begin yet another brand new year, I don’t want to say how old I have become today but I have to confess that I feel like a sage. Many of the things I know today are not things I learnt in class but things that I have learnt in the school of life. I can’t believe that the future I envisaged ten years ago is already here, challenging me to evaluate whether I have achieved what I hoped for. This makes me agree with Allen Saunders when he says that, “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” His thoughts are echoed by those of Susan Gregg Gilmore, in her book “Looking For Salvation at the Dairy Queen” where she writes that, “It’s a funny thing, how much time we spend planning our lives. We so convince ourselves of what we want to do, that sometimes we don’t see what we’re meant to do.”
As I ponder over Allen and Susan’s wisdom, William Gibson’s words in “The Economist of December 4, 2003” flash in my mind. He wrote that, “The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” And I am here thinking, really, did we expect the future to be evenly distributed? The answer is a big NO. But the fact is, life indiscriminately poses difficult challenges to both the poor and the rich in equal measure.
Therefore, as Shannon L. Alder aptly puts it, “The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance, but live right in it, under its roof.” If we can be able to do exactly that, then we will have done justice to our lives. Remember that when you finally take your last breath, what will matter is not the quantity but the quality of life that you lived. Good day pals and thank you so much for the overwhelmingly warm birthday wishes.