What would you look like in the next ten years?

Ijeoma’s question excited the children, if I didn’t spend the day with them, I would probably assume that someone fed them candy. Mola seemed to take delight in the topic more than anyone in the room. However, I hinted the six-year-old; “Soon you will be older, your voice will become deeper, you will grow beards and go bald.” He replied; “Oh! But that won’t be a problem, I will cut off my beards and put them on my head“. I continued; “Well, that will make you beardless.” He deemed his eyes like Bruce Lee of critical thinking and posed a rhetorical question; “Who said I would cut off everything?

I could laugh at his ideas and extinguish them. I could thrash them like used serviettes but I would lose CREATIVITY.

Mola might be six but he got me a ticket to ride on a fresh track of knowledge.

For whatever that doesn’t exist has not been desired!!!

Of course, Mola was shocked to hear the tale of baldness, it was definitely a future challenge but his desire for hair tickled his creative mind and birthed the idea of cutting the beards to beautify his head. This refreshes the conversation I had with uncle Godwin, he asked “Vicky, why do we have water bottles?” I couldn’t have carelessly answered “to keep water“. To reply a great thinker, one has to think deeper or stylishly escape the question like I did. Then he said; “The inventor would have observed or experienced the challenges of keeping water to quench thirst when mobile (process of moving).” The challenge existed, however, he desired an easier way, voila, water bottle!!

Chatting with Cousin Somto today, she dropped a popular saying “Where there’s will, there’s a way.Will is definitely not sold anywhere, if so, I would be a distributor but it dwells in all. We have the power to choose, to create, to resolve, to live a purposeful life and to be successful. Larina Kase said; “The blueprint of success is inside you. It will stay there unless you take it out and create it.

In one of my father’s letters to me he wrote; “You are created to create.” He also advised; “Learn not to react to challenges but respond to them.”

Never let the fear of the invincible strength of challenges overpower you. You might not have to cut off your beards and put them on your head but you will envision the challenges as opportunity to create and with the right step forward, you will succeed.

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Written by Umahi Uju Vicky
Talking about myself welcomes me into the world of confusion, I mean, how else can I say that I am a passionate volunteer, a flexible teacher, a life loving blogger and Umahi Obianujunwa Victoria!