What are some of those things that bring us tears right now but will in the long run be greatly enjoyable? What brings us joy now but would potentially bring us pain later?
Growing up we were made to believe that men don’t cry. I guess that is why very few boys in primary school carried handkerchiefs. Maybe.
I hated being told, “foot-ball shall take you nowhere”. Most guys can relate. This was not said in a mean way, most of the time. It was more of a wakeup call. It does not mean that I, you or your friend cannot make a future out of it. If we’re honest enough with ourselves, most guys have an obsession for football. We think about it day and night. All your conversations rotate around the current transfers. Being a die hard, you have your favorite and have probably earned a nickname, the name of your favorite. You imagine getting off that pitch having delivered an electrifying performance and everyone’s singing your praises. It’s almost like a dream. Your dreams are valid, Lupita reassures you.
Why do you wake up every morning to go to school? Have good grades? Hang out with friends? The system is set that way? Persevere through school so as not to be the stupid one of the crew? So get educated yes? Well at least some part of you. Create memories is another good reason. But every so often getting a decent grade pops up in your head and somehow make a name for yourself in a possible future. Not too bad, not too bad.
But just like the journey towards becoming a footballer, this one in school is riddled with challenges. At least this one is not a parent or guardian breathing down your neck telling you it’s a worthless pursuit. Rather it’s the same people breathing down your neck telling you, you can do better. You take one glance at their lives and you either want the same or better. Yet you know how to make it happen but you don’t want to pay the price.
Every great successful athlete became friends with pain and the expense of handkerchiefs to wipe away all the tears. Not only athletes but also the great men and women we look up to. Somewhere in their past are hard sacrifices, hard choices and more so the proverbial blood, sweat and tears. The sacrifices were never in vain, because now they are thriving, and all we can do is look up to them. Probably, die a little inside with envy, because they have what we desire.
What are those things that cause us pain now but will eventually cause joy? Books, doing homework and assignments, listening in class; these are some the things that will earn you insults, ridicule and all sorts of nicknames and making you infamous with your classmates. It will not be easy, great things aren’t easy otherwise everyone would have had them by now. On the flipside; your grades shall go up, you shall draw nearer to your lucrative career you have longed for but above all your education will be more worthwhile. You will not hate lessons, teachers and assignments but you will look forward to better tomorrow through the work you do daily. The only key is keeping your eyes on the prize at all times.
Maybe I would have become a footballer had I bought the handkerchiefs and not wallowed in the tears. If only I had put in more energy and effort. If only the obstacles would have motivated me? But who knows? I don’t because I didn’t become. But you have that chance to be who you want to be.
If at first you don’t succeed, pick yourself and try again. Dust yourself up and try again.
Author: Philemon Mutuma | Date Created2017-06-29 03:42:34 | Comments: 0