Photography : Essie Amayo
It takes nature a whole year to create a single flower ,
My blooming will too
Take time – Xan Oku
1. Have faith
God makes all things work together for good in your favour,if you let him. He created you with all your abilities and talent . I think it’s safe to leave it all to him, but you need to prioritise and have a vision . That is your job.
2. Believe in yourself and in your struggle
Because you are braver than believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. Can you believe Winnie the Pooh said that . Amazing .
3. Refuse to be captive in the environment in which you find yourself
I got into Cambridge for medicine , as an international student from Botswana . When I was in primary school in Botswana , I wouldn’t have guessed that it would become possible .But my parents taught me to leap anyway. To live and study like all of that was very much within my grasp.And after I did , the opportunities simply presented themselves.
4. Your competition is your previous self, no one else !
It makes no sense to compete with other people . For several reasons :You’re not on the same path ; you don’t even want the same things out of life; you are fundamentally different people ; you don’t have the same talents , wants and needs ; your ‘success’ looks entirely different from their ‘success.’I could go on! So why on earth would you compare your journey with someone else’s?
5. Keep progressing , keep moving
If you’re stuck in the same place then maybe you need to challenge yourself . This one is for me as well. If you don’t get that knot in your stomach ,then you aren’t challenging yourself enough. You need to be afraid, you need to get out of your comfort zone and dare to want bigger , better things .
This last one is from Maya Angelou whilst she was still with us . She said ‘do right! In your church , in your temple , in your class . People will know you ,they will add prayers to your life .’ Doing right may not seem profitable but it will satisfy your soul. And isn’t that worth the world ?
With love ,