It took me a while to realize what I wanted out of life, and what I wanted to do with my one chance on earth. All my life, for as long as I can remember, I had always wanted to be a medical doctor, my dream was to build Africa’s largest and most effective working hospital and be a force for positive change in Nigeria’s health care system. I held the belief that I’ll never be happy if I didn’t become one.
I tried getting into the university but failed the examinations severally. This was not because I was not an intelligent child, I was. Finally, I got admission but it wasn’t to study medicine, it was instead to study Genetics and Biotechnology and this happened after a year-long Pre-degree program. I come from a home where three square meals happened very rarely, even my university fees were barely paid.
Upon completion of my first degree in Genetics, I wrote several international examinations and applied to schools outside my country. One was successful, a South American University admitted me to Study Medicine and Surgery. My life-long dream was finally coming to pass, but sponsorship failed me.
I went on to partake in the Nigerian National Youth Service Scheme, a one-year program for university graduates. This year changed everything about my dreams. I served in the broadcasting team of the Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship(NCCF) and was made the head of Rugged FM (NCCF LIVE radio) and Assistant Bible study secretary of Ibadan South Zone, and this exposed me to speaking and writing in ways I never knew I could.
It was in this year that I first wrote articles in my journal and shared them in the public domain. I’ve continued to be a voice through my writing, taking the experiences of everyday life and bringing out the lessons in them, whispering sweet truths from God’s Word in a way that comes to life in our daily walk in this journey of life. I’m not competing with anyone, before me or after me. I’m just looking to bless, if just one person, with my gift of artistically crafting words in a way that best captures what I imagine and feel and the great insights God gives me. And I’m not afraid of running out of words with which to enrich lives, for He who called me is Word Himself.
Although my vision of taking God’s Truth, crafting them artistically, and delivering them, through spoken word poetry and creative writing, is a wonderful thing. Though my dreams are grand and beautiful, that is not all there is to my life. The truth is that my life is 24 hours long every single day. My life is more than the five minutes I stand on stage or the short pieces I write.
So if I had all the money in the world, what I want to do with my life, the entirety of it is not just spoken word poetry or blogging or counseling, though these are all part of it. I want to do with my life, what my life was created to do. Better put, I want my life to be what it was made to be.
You see, I was created to feature in the most beautiful love story ever told. I was made to stand in the spotlight of God’s Love, glowing in its rays and reflecting this love to all that cross paths with me. Yes, on an ordinary day, every day, I want my life to be a gentle reminder of God’s existence, a glaring example of His Love and Grace.
These people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. – Isaiah 43:21
“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
I want to be a selfless woman whose life objective transcends her own need for gratification and is rooted in the pleasant glow that emanates from touching others. I want to be beyond offense. And let kindness bloom wild and free and unrestrained. Where I simply have compassion for the rough edges of others, realizing that it’s just evidence of something cutting deep and brutal inside them. I want the gentleness, the meekness, the power, and the wisdom that characterized Christ’s life to be visible in me. I want to step into my days, relationships, and situations full of Love.
At the end of life, I want to look back and see that I was useful, I was honourable, I was compassionate and I lived the best life there could ever be;
A life enclosed in peace.
A heart swimming in Liquid love and circulating the same.
Waking up daily to feature in the best love story ever told.
That is the life we were created to have. This is the life I want to experience daily.
The love of Jesus in all its fullness!
If I had all the money in the world, this would still be what I want my life to be about.
Have you decided yet? What do you want to do with your life? Your one chance on earth?