I never was one for New Year Resolutions. After many pathetic attempts at saying this year I’d be better and this and that and I’ll do this and that- I pretty much gave up and decided to take each year as it comes. So I’m going to take this year as it comes.
My post should end here but it won’t. So if you really are interested beyond the boring first paragraph, here is a list of things I’m going to take as it comes this year.
Learning to Drive.
For the umpteenth time, I will get behind a wheel. My first attempt at driving successfully was in 2009. I had mastered the art of being at the wheel and driving with one arm and throwing a gang sign with the other. Then I decided to take my younger brothers out. And they were, of course driving from the back seat and I was feeling like the elder sister who ‘could drive’ and yelling at them to cut it out. In all but a split second, I looked to the back to tell the little gremlins to shut it- when they screamed ‘Woman, Brake! Brake! Brake!’ I looked in front of me- and Alas! There was this old woman staring petrified and immobile, smack dab in the middle of the road. My legs, however decided that the brake was the accelerator, so as they screamed brake! My leg went accelerator! I stopped just in time. Well, short of taking out the woman’s abdominal cavity. After screams of ‘Aunty, you see me for your dream? And reassuring the woman that I didn’t dream of her the night before, I dumped the car keys. Haven’t driven since. Well, I picked up the keys last year. This year, I will drive. Or take life as it comes. Whatever.
Learning to Love
So, I entered the year with the whole ‘I want to love myself, I really don’t have time for the ‘wahala’ that comes with men and all of that. And I’m really not looking for love this year. Three failed relationships can do that to you. I used to say that the only person I would ever date was my future husband. God, you can stop laughing now. I will take it as it comes. The whole issue of love, that is. Agape love is the best though. I can tell you that for free.
Learning to Learn
This year, I want to be better. Do better. Read more. Pray more. Learn more. Be with God more. I tottered away from God a bit after a series of unfortunate events in my personal life but now, I am back. Holding on, and I’m not letting go again. Baba God, your girl is loyal.
I have written a film this year already and January ends today. This year, I want to write like crazy and learn how to direct. Nigeria needs more female directors with a good head on their shoulders. My mother still does not know what my ‘career’ path is. To be honest, sometimes, I don’t know either. She was thinking that after my Msc. I’ll get a ‘job’ and bring plenty a bullion van of money home. Well, this is it.
Have you seen Africa’s local newspaper? The HobbingPost? Visit http://www.hobbingpost.com for more information. Along with a team of amazing, out-of-this-world individuals, we are slowly trying to build a news portal that will rival all others (great PSA or what? I know, right?). This year, HobPost TV has already sort of taken off. Have to learn to be better at that as well. Watch that space. Something big is coming.
This year, I also decided I was going to do a Phd. In Film and History. Have to find a proper research topic to pursue this year. Why does a potential film maker need a Phd, some may say? No reason, just because I can folks, just because I can.
I’m also keen on writing a children’s book this year. The first book in a series of children’s books. Maybe, I’m not sure. Okay, I am. This year, I will stop procrastinating and write the book. Or take life as it comes. Whatever. Write the book, Fifi.
I am also dabbling with publishing for others. My first client’s book is giving me hell, but if I can get through this, I can get through anything.
And the last major thing I have to learn this year? Manage my charity. I run a volunteer based charity- ‘IneffableEuphoria’ that does food drives in Ebute which is around Odo Eran in Bariga. For those of you who are lost, if you look off the Third Mainland Bridge at those fishing villages that are not Makoko? Yeah…those ones. This year, I would love to take it up a notch. Even though the main idea is a soup kitchen and a homeless shelter, one cannot afford that yet. This year, we will have a soup kitchen on wheels, before the major food drive.
I don’t believe in New Year Resolutions. These are just the various ways I am going to take life as it comes this year. I ramble. If you got to the end of this post, thank you. Now, accept my sincere apology.