Let me tell you about my life 5 years ago. The picture below shows a brown faded shirt I bought as an undergraduate. I was always too broke to buy the kind of shirts I wanted.
It’s five years later and I am a better version of myself. A lot of times, I receive messages from old acquaintances expressing shock. I wonder if they expect me to remain the same.
It’s only the dead remain unchanged. And I am only impressed and happy when I meet my friends who have grown.
The shirt in the first picture was a wash and wear shirt. I bought a black one too I think. I could not afford ironing clothes. I could not afford a packed shirt because I had no hangers to keep my shirts. I would sell recharge cards some days just to buy food in school.
One thing though, I never allowed my circumstances overwhelm me. I still graduated with awards and was the second top student in my class.
Ties were a compulsory part of our clothing on Wednesdays. We had a lecturer who made this the law for his class. I am pretty sure that day I took the picture five years ago was a Wednesday and we were waiting for Prof. Segun Ogunba. I managed to get a secondhand tie and would usually twist it into a knot just before the class.
I hate ties nonetheless. I’d rather lose a job than wear ties everyday of my life 🤧.
Things change really fast. That image of me in 2013 is quite different from who I am right now.
You will not always be the same person. You will change. Things will get better. You will play a part in your own transformation so the #tenyearschallenge is needed.
Meanwhile, you can read some books I have written in the past five years. Check the links below.
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