One Life To Live!…


There is a popular saying in Yoruba “Nikan Kan aye” which means we only have one life to live. If there is anything I love about the yoruba ; it’s the fact that they know how to live and enjoy life. A typical yoruba man is always party and fun conscious. He would do anything to have fun and if you live in Lagos, you must come across so many “owambe’s” which means “yoruba party or celebration. If the yorubas know how to live, why can’t we? We would always have work to do and just as Bryan Dyson said” value has a value only if it’s value is valued” he also went ahead to demonstrate the place of work, family, health, friends and spirit. He likened work as a rubber ball, if you drop it, it bounces back but the other four balls ;family, friends, health, spirit are made of glass. If you drop any one of them, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, ricked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same again and we need to understand that. We need to work efficiently during work hours and leave on time. Give the required time to our family, friends and rest well. We will always have work to do, which means we will have to choose to take a break and enjoy life as often as we can. There are some situations especially where our children are concerned, we will never have the opportunity to relive. Whether we like it or not one day our toiling and works will cone to an end and if we do not choose to embrace and enjoy the beautiful moments and things around us, we will reach the end of our lives and be filled with regret. The only way we can avoid having regrets tomorrow is to make better choices today and conscious remember that “we have only one life to live. Whatever it is you know that when you do it, it brings you happiness and fulfillment, go ahead and do it. You were created to be real and not to be perfect and you owe your creator anf future self an explanation if you fail to live the life you were created for. Today, I hate the pressure of having to control everything, be perfect, worry etc because I have learned that it doesn’t bring me happiness nor fulfillment and nobody should live like that. All your wealth, fame and power (temporal) will one day shrivel to irrelevance. No longer will it matter what you owned or even what you were owed. It won’t matter what tribe you are, what party you belong to, what team you belong to, who offended you and who didn’t. It will come down to how valuable where your days? How many lives you did affect? Who would want to emulate you? Who will miss you when you are gone? How will you be remembered and for what? Knowing you have one life to do live shouldn’t just be a phrase. Don’t make it be something you hear by accident, live it. Be conscious of it and live well.

7 thoughts on “One Life To Live!…

    1. Smiles… Yes we have one life to live but there’s a promise for tomorrow but then we are to trust God to take care of our tomorrow. Our jobs is to live for today, be grateful and live well. Thanks dear for your insightful contribution.

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