I have been away from my blog for a while. I had some important business to attend to. How have you been doing? I missed you all, especially your inspiring contributions. While I was gone, I grew up some. I hope you did too. Thanks to those of you who inquired why I was away. And many more thanks to all of you who read my blog. I have incredibly been blessed by you. Like I said in this post, blogging has made me a better person. I learn a lot from my blog posts and your commnts. I have also made new and valuable friends from blogging. One of you gave me an opportunity that wouldn’t otherwise be available to me. (God bless you, Tina. You know how grateful I am). Older friendships (Chika Nwuzor, it was nice to finally know your true identity; you played Bond, James Bond quite well) and familial bonds have been strengthened. In other words, blogging has been worth it.
I started blogging when I was staying at home looking for a job. One of my sisters with whom I share a common passion for books, to talk me out of my gloominess casually said something along the lines of, ‘You know, staying at home gives you time to read books and, you can even write one’. A kind sister she is. In the years past, we had each considered writing but we never did; I would tell her that she had more life experiences than me and so was in a better position to write. When I moved to a place where I had access to internet and a laptop, she told me I no longer had a reason to put off writing. We encouraged each other that way. (Sis, I believe you now have access to internet, so no more excuses please)
I still haven’t written a book; haven’t even started writing one but blogging is close enough. That shows how powerful encouraging words can be. Sometimes, all it takes to nudge one into action is a casual remark by a kind friend, the way my sister did. I knew blogging was unlikely to be my day job, but I knew it would help hone my writing skills. (When I eventually started blogging another sister told me to not give up and that if nothing else, blogging would help polish my writing skills. Yes, I have great sisters). I also anticipated that by blogging, I would network more. Most importantly, I started blogging in the hope that my writing would help my readers in some way. I haven’t been disappointed . While I am not yet where I ultimately hope to be, I feel more confident and more inspired because of the invaluable things I learn from you.
So if you are at a point in your life where you feel like you are stuck in a rut, you can do something about it. Find a way to rejuvenate your life. Try doing something you love that will add value to other people’s lives, no matter how small. You will be glad when you do. Apart from the fulfillment that comes from serving, you also get access to opportunities and vistas that were previously either closed to or unknown to you.
Thanks as always for reading. Expect new short stories and inspirational posts from me in the coming days and weeks. Let’s keep inspiring one another. God will guide and be with us. Let’s do this!
P.S. I love hearing from you. Your time permitting, please leave a comment below. For my readers in Nigeria, I understand the apprehension regarding the coming election. In my next post, I will put in my two cents and prayers for Nigeria.