ANOTHER ONE YEAR RICHER AND WISER

 

2004
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.

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      1. Absolutely. That is true year after year. Makes me think, what was the point of all of those classes. I got bullied for a long time anyway. Having said that, I wouldn’t be good at writing if it wasn’t for school. They were very encouraging about my writing and helpful too.

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  1. Of course the necessity of structured schooling cannot be gainsaid but the truth is, we took for granted some of the things we learnt in school since we couldn’t fully comprehend their essence back then. Not until life outside school bombarded us with real-life situations that we started realizing why we learnt some things in class.
    It is also true that we start honing our writing skills while in school. I remember my high school English teachers reading my compositions to my classmates several times, but it never occurred to me that there was more to writing than doing it for class assignments and enjoying some limelight as the teachers read my pieces. Something was definitely missing from those compositions: the passion which can only be stirred when one is writing about real life issues after going through the “school of life”. The strong emotions that seem to emanate from somewhere deep down one’s heart fuel the passion into a burning desire to keep writing.

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