One day; while still living with my dad in Enugu, I had the wedding of a bosom friend to attend on a Saturday morning in PortHarcourt.
It was the last Saturday of the month which had 7am to 10am dedicated to a cleanup exercise prohibiting movement during those stipulated hours.
Terrorism and accidents were in vogue at the time.
Daddy insisted that I should not make the trip because he could neither provide transportation nor security and I was resorting to go by public transport.
He did not want me to be exposed to the risk of encountering danger.
My mind was made up and all I needed was to convince him logically while I should dare.
The facts were clear and all I could do for a while was stare.
Finally I realized that my point was glaring but though.
I was about trading living with the fear of dying; then I spoke up.
I said; sharing this special moment with my friend means so much to me that depriving myself the privilege will simply be depriving myself some of the essence of living.
I added; it is better I die attempting to get fulfillment than live avoiding the challenges that stand in the way.
The words were so strong and seemed to have fitted a military procession better than a request for permission to make a trip to attend a wedding.
Of course my request was granted without hesitation.
I made the trip and even though I arrived very late because I had to take off after the cleanup exercise; I had the fun of my life and my presence was much appreciated.
Years have passed and dad has passed on, yet I realize that we are often faced with situations that demand us to trade our living with the fear of death.
It is a new year and we have to be ready.
We cannot continue doing the same things the same way and keep expecting different results.
We do or do not do certain things out of fear of failure.
It is a mindset.
We must have the right mindset to be ready for the new year.
It is not about the things that we have adopted in our new year resolution; it is about the paradigm shift that will truly make a difference.
One thing must kill a man but what legacy does he leave behind?
Everybody will die someday but at the end would it be that we succeeded in avoiding the threats that could annihilate us or that we stood by what we believed and did the things that we ought to do?
Protect the lives of your fellow human beings.
Be bold and courageous.
That is simply what it takes to be ready for the new year.
Happy New Year!
Be Ready for the New Year.