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‘A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.’ Colin Powell
Everybody has a dream, at least I think so. Some dreams are easy, go to work, come back home, take care of your kids, and you’re clean. Some dreams need getting used to; those kinds involve the lives of others, maybe a nation, a state, or a council.
Take Theresa May, for example, the nation is hooked on her decision, whatever happens with Brexit will go down in history. As a nation, we attach the success or failure of Brexit to the Prime Minister. As the country and the rest of the world waited with bated breath at the deliberations going on at Number 10, I wondered what the Prime Minister must be thinking. As a journalist, I wished I could ask for an interview and ask her how she felt to be in the eye of the storm. And as I penned these words, everyone at the cabinet meeting represents us. And what about the other side of this divorce process? The EU officials in Brussels are also having their meeting while they waited for the UK to announce the decision to either go with the draft agreement or dump it.
When the decisions you make can affect the lives of others, then you have a peculiar dream. You have to climb a pedestal to reach those kinds of dreams and if you fail? You take many people down with you. Those kinds of goals are unique. However, a parent doing two jobs, training her children to be outstanding citizens also deserves an accolade.
I love Oscar Wilde’s quote,
‘To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist that is all.’
You have to live to make a mark in the world, to make a difference. How can we live? How can we find our purpose in life? You can find your purpose in life when you find out what drives you. What do you love doing? My mum loves teaching, she eventually ended up as a teacher and later the head teacher. I have a cousin who loves taking care of sick people; she ended up being a doctor. She goes to the hospital with a smile on her face every morning because she’s found her purpose in life and that gave her the impetus to get up in the morning and make a difference in people’s lives.
I hate slavery of every form. Modern-day slavery, abuse of any kind makes my blood boil. I detest human trafficking and prostitution. I hate every form of injustice. However, how can I correct these anomalies? Through the written word, the dissemination of information. It’s what I call enlightening. People are always afraid of what they don’t know, but when there’s knowledge, a lot of wrongs could be rectified. I believe that’s one of my purposes in life.
A few years ago, on my way home from work, I went shopping. As usual, I bought more groceries than what was on my list. So instead of taking a bus home, I called a cab. Immediately I entered, the cab driver gave me a wide grin. I’ve had a rough day at work, and barely held it together until I got home, I was bone wearied, the epitome of exhaustion, so I wasn’t in a mood for a chat. But my cab driver looked relaxed and was beaming.
‘My name is Shan, Miss, what is yours?’ He asked throwing me a wide grin, and as his eyes darted to the car mirror, our eyes locked briefly. I gave a tired grunt.
I told him my name, and he kept on talking about how he loved London, going to the park with his family and relatives and how he loved his job.
Out of curiosity, I asked,
‘What’s your purpose in life?’
Without hesitation, he answered,
‘To make people happy, to make people glad they entered my cab.’
That caught me off-guard. I thought Shan would tell me about making money and being rich. That cab guy has found his purpose in life.
this is so incredible, powerful…amazing
Thanks Mihrank, you’re so kind! 🙂
We’re definitely on the cusp of history. I don’t envy Mrs May, the Prime Minister at all. A very engaging article, I love reading it Seyi, thanks for sharing!
Thanks for reading Christy! I hope whatever happens, we’ll pull through!
Well, Cabinet approved the Brexit Draft Agreement, but there are still a lot of hurdles to cross. The PM has endured a lot of pummelling from backbenchers and members of her own cabinets had resigned. It’s still a tough call. Awesome article as always Seyi.
You’re right, it’s a tough call. I hope we’ll be alright as a country. I appreciate your visit!
Love that cab guy’s answer. He certainly enjoys his job! That is the right way!
Oh yeah, he does! Glad to see you here Ute!😀
G R E A T !!
I love that cab story. Sounds like a wise man, that Shan. Thank you for sharing.
He was surprisingly good, I was quick to judge him because everything in life is not based on wealth. Thanks for stopping by Lori.😀
I love meeting people like Shan. They are angels come to lighten my day.
You’re right Eric. You’re an angel yourself. I hope you’re having a great week! 🙂
May seems to hold little interest in Brexit and seems to be aiming at a no deal which is a shame. My purpose in life is to learn and share that, also to make people smile. Maybe leave a mark someday with a book or something but most likely not as there is little time for such at the moment.
You’re right my friend. Your purpose is glaring for others to see, you like reading and sharing what you read.
It’s surreal that we’ve found ourselves in this (Brexit) predicament. I want to tour Europe next year, I may need visas to do that now. I don’t know. Everything seems so muddled up.