30 IS NOT THE NEW 20 BY MARTIN BECK NWORAH




As the days roll by,boys become men and girls become ladies. Changes occur and we begin to have a sense of responsibility. We begin to feel insulted or appreciated and inevitably;we begin the long journey to self discovery and death. I watched a TED talk and I continued to watch it over and over again because of the impact it had on my life. When you have plans for your life,you don't wait till you are a full fledged adult to begin living your dreams;start now. 30 is not the new 20 simply tells us not to postpone the responsibility of being responsible for ourselves till we leave our parents house. Its really hard learning to take responsibility for ourselves and stand up to life's challenges in our present world. The easiest thing for us to do is to hide under the shadow of being young,inexperienced and future leaders(not of Nigeria anyway) to mess up our golden opportunity of becoming great. Mandela is dead and the world is shaking. When he was fighting and investing in what he believed to be the truth,nobody believed he would be a world leader today. Even if you asked him as a young lawyer in the early 50s,he won't believe he will spend 27 years in prison and later be honored with more than 250 awards worldwide. That is the spirit of a true investment;the spirit of delayed gratification for the glorious future that we all believe in.
Many spend their 20s doing nothing and when you confront them,they'll tell you there is still time. And the truth is that there is actually time. But the sad reality is that this time will pass when you don not know. Depending on the type of life you want to live,now is the best time to invest in that person you want to become in the future. If you want to be a musician,start now to learn music.
If you want to be a medical doctor,start now to cultivate the discipline needed for such discipline. For everything that we want to become in life,now is the best time to invest.
Have fun,enjoy your youthful days,party away,fail your exams and buy your grades. But remember,there is a place called posterity. And when you don't sacrifice the present and invest in it,you may be surprised the hard blow it will deal you. As we work together unto greatness and achieving our dreams,I will be waiting for when we shall get to the Promised Land,there you will pass me a glass of water and thank God for the gift of grace for the race.


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