I was having a discussion with a friend on saturday and he told me what he actually wanted to be was an IT guru who is also into music and football but today he is a medical doctor.
Now this article has nothing to do with the said friend of mine because he is actually happy as a medical doctor (seriously who won’t be).
There’s always this conflict between what we wanted to be and what we eventually become, for 90% of Nigerians it’s always a negative experience (I stand to be corrected) we always end up with what we never wanted but have grown to adjust to and forcefully like because of what society might say.
Most were pushed to read the course they read because like in my case my father wanted me to be the first medical doctor in the whole Adepoju clan (I actually didn’t end up becoming one tho, was close but not so close), some parents do that to try and secure their children’s future thinking if you take a professional course like that you will end up good for yourself.
All these are actually genuine actions borne out of love for their kids going by their own experience but what they fail to realise is that being pessimistic and running a race with fear in our heart will never produce a good result, we start living in the fear of the unknown.
As genuine as those actions might be, it traps our innate ability and power to be whatever it is we could be but the fact still remains that if only we know how to manage it well, we would all know that it could be turned into a positive force that would zap us into the future we’ve so feared with the right amount of confidence we need.
There are millions of youths in the university who don’t know what they want to end up as and those who know don’t have a single clue how to get there, we all are familiar with the common “Where do you see yourself in the next 20yrs” question but why not try and ask where they see themselves in the next 5yrs and then sit back to watch them look at you completely clueless.
We have leaders of tomorrow who have no clue what it is they have to do or even how to get to that future “mother Nigeria is asleep and her cubs have wandered into the jungle without protection”.
We all need to be re-orientated, if Nigeria is going to ever rise to her greatness, as a youth what are you doing now that is adding up to your future (by that I mean the next 3-5yrs).
I leave you with this words “Will the BOY you were be proud of the MAN you are now” – Bishop TD Jakes.