The Place of Timing…
By Idede Oseyande
“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.”~ Proverbs
The rate at which we act as if we have all the time in the world over here in Nigeria often baffles me.
The things that make us hurry are the things that we should be relaxed over.
For example, a young man loafs around without recourse to the slow or no progress in his life, and yet this same young man is impatient while driving, complaining of wastage of his time.
There is some cliche too that has been misinterpreted to support the waste of their lives.
For example, you hear quotes like “it is never late to get an education”.
But the same society that told you that, is the same society that will be put an age limit on certain life transforming opportunities thereby excluding you for getting that skill at the wrong time of your life quadrant.
From the epigram above, the ant eats both during Winter and Summer, or during rainy and dry seasons as used in our local parlance, howbeit, the ants know that it is risky to try to gather food during winter or rainy season, hence, he does all the gathering when the weather is favourable and poses less risk to her life.
Wisdom is the ability of the ant without a supervisor or parent, yet knows what to do at the right time.
For over five months now, tertiary institutions in Nigeria have been on strike, thereby leaving the students at home.
For many, they still see themselves as young and so they act as if their lives are also on strike, or on hold.
Mind you, it takes an average of six months to learn good sellable IT skills at this age.
When the strike was two months old, from history everyone knows it won’t end soon. The serious ones who are conscious of their lives would have taken the opportunity to make the time count, while the unserious ones are on social media jumping from one trending gossip to another.
In the last few weeks, I have tried to take advantage of some opportunities sent to me from my social media contacts, but guess what?
I am not eligible by my age!
Parents, Guardians and Mentors must take it as a task to let young ones know that time is of the essence in the pursuit of success.
They must be grounded to be ready to maximise opportunities that show up from the age of 18-35!
In the name of being patient with them, we must not allow them to waste precious time.
There are some things you can not do at a certain age due to the effect of old age.
We must learn to make hay while the sun shines!