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On Freaky Friday I won despite losing the game
“Come on girls, one more point”. I cried my heart out. I was looking at Shelly and Proza. Shelly was ready to spike. source The Game Friday The hall was packed with students from both universities to witness the Friday Volleyball contest. From the corner of my eye, I could see our coach pumping her feast. Cheerleaders had their head in the hands and were facing away from the court avoiding the players. People were shouting as if that was the last time they were watching a volleyball match. The hall was so loud that it was impossible for me to hear my own voice. I doubt that mattered at that point in the match. Shelly was the tallest in the team and she was our best spiker. She was ready with her long and powerful arms to spike that ball down to the opponent’s court. I was looking at her frantically, sweating all over. source As a kid I always wanted to play volleyball. As a kid going to primary school, I was into sports. I was active, athletic, outgoing and ready to roll. I have two elder brothers and I used to get into fight because they would not allow me to go to the soccer field with them. Game was an excuse for me to go outside. I would do anything if it gets me an opportunity to play outdoors. In high school, I was in the school team of soccer, volleyball, field hockey, athletics and you name it. My teachers were always proud to have an athlete like me. I won many school awards, I stopped counting them. My personality was always regarded that of a fighter. Gradually things changed for me. It was not me who changed. I was the same old bubbly, athletic girl but my family was not lenient as before. My parents were asking me to focus more on my study. I always thought I was good enough to juggle two priorities of my life. I never thought that I had to leave the other to excel on one. My priority was to play and my family thought that was not the right use of my talent. Despite the fact that my family was not supporting my focus on games, I enrolled in the university volleyball team. I chose volleyball because it was indoor game and I don’t have to go outside in the field. That would help me keep my secret. It was not a big deal for me but had to do it to make sure I was not ostracized for playing volleyball. I went to University First two years in the university was eventful and stress free. Nobody from my family was aware that I was in the university volleyball team. I managed to take part in the competitions within the university complex. I was doing fine with my studies as well and my family was happy with my focus on studies. Deep inside I was having the days of my life where I was doing what I wanted. Team coach was impressed with me. She kept telling me that I was one of the best raisers in the university and there are chances for me to be selected in the professional volleyball leagues. I was excited but also nervous by the fact that what would be the reaction from my parents. source Secrets cannot be kept forever. My brothers knew that I was taking part in the volleyball tournament and I had to go out of the state. It did not go well with my parents. Big confrontation and the weeks of family brawls after we came to an agreement that I will play my final university tournament and then quit the game if we lose. So, if we do no win the tournament, my game life was over. We were well prepared but anything can happen in games. Back to the Friday Game The point was crucial as we were trailing 24-23. One point and we could be back in the game. We lost that point and we were out of the tournament. One point, just one point was separating me from my dream of becoming a professional volleyball player. I was praying for God to make that point happen. I was pleading to Shelly to spike that ball and get us one point. I begged thousand times. Riya punched the ball in the back and Proza raised it. My mouth was so dry. “Could Shelly finish this?” Shelly went up with her high jump and bammmmmm. What happened? Did we get the point? NO. The spike was outside the line and we lost that point and lost the match. On that Freaky Friday, my dreams were gone. Cold sweat ran through my back thinking how I can survive without playing. source And then Days passed and it had been two months after that tournament. As promised to my parents, I did not practice. These two months gave me an opportunity and time to think it through. Why can’t I do what I want to do and how can social norms decide what I want to become? I like to play and I am good at it. Why one failure should decide my fate? Any player can have a bad day and more so, I am a team player. I do not agree with the society and norms if they are here to suppress me. I will show my family and the whole world that I can decide for myself. I am capable of much more than this. Yes, I lost the match but I have not lost the mental battle to overcome obstacles. I am stronger and let me be strong please. Let me pursue my dream. This blog-storyline is posted here to be submitted to the Freaky Friday competition organized by @pete. The link to this week's contest is here.
TIME TO TAKE ACTION
OPPORTUNITY THE GLIM INTO THE FUTURE So many individuals never realize what the future holds until they found themselves right in the future timezone. What the future holds for some people has become a thing of dread and horror because of what lies ahead. Many opportunities lay in waste daily looking for people to tap into it. The problem solver are those who were able to maximize their sense of reasoning into detecting what the human world needs. Those who chase money and wealth, never get holds of it, but those who are dedicated in solving problems the money itself keep running to them, it is logical but true. This world is a big place where everyone can become what he or she has in mind of becoming. The place of parental guidance is lacking in most home, no wonder many study course they never wish. Every human is talented in one area or the other. Talent is what pave way into problem solving techniques. Let quickly go into a life changing discussion to help bring people into the limelight of what they are capable of doing. Few months ago there was a decision anchor by @destinysaid on africanunchained group an eyeopening lecture on how to succeed as a youth who is aspiring to achieve greatness. Below are the few tips he shared which I believe is able to change everyone's mindset towards success rather than wasting the potential in you. >In life, everyone has something to contribute. i. Research:-Hmm, this is one of the most important step to take in life. Before going into any business, investment, market. Please and please let your findings and recommendations be valid. Make sure you have about 80% assurance possibility of such a business, investment or market to yield the required return. Mark Zegabauk saw something as a youth undergraduate student. Yahoo, google and other big companies gave a good offer in buying facebook from him but he refuse. 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Start with what you know :-Many people do say; what you know can never be more than you, but what you don't know is actually far greater than you. Because you remain ignorant about it. Not knowing about an opportunity is never an excuse, there is room for individual improvement in life. Currently the world is driving into ICT. Jobs like, web desig, graphics, online marketing, etc is an hot cake.create time to learn this things and in few months you are done. Getting to know what the world needs is an important tool and generating your passion and energy towards it is another thing. Sit meditate and find a particular thing you love doing, package it and sell it out to the world. 2. Have an eye for opportunities (like an eagle) :-Always see when opportunity is around you. Two different individual can be on a large scale of land. If you ask each of them, one may see it as a good residential place, or a good place for agriculture. But a good business man will survey the land, check the proximity to the road, demographic, the kind of people who live around there before establishing a business that suit the kind of people in that particular area. The person who invested plane saw the restrictions on human abilities toward traving by land and water, creating a flying object was a great vision and opportunity. 3. know the right place to search for it:-Never waste your energy on unfruitful business. Make sure you make findings, gather information make review and draw conclusion. Go online, read books to widen your knowledge about the business. Make friends, attend mentorship class. Invest into your future. Buy knowledge, wisdom is from above but knowledge always cost something. 4. Study and watch videos of business start up:- Thanks to the world of internet. Lots and lots of videos on YouTube by successful entrepreneurer who have succeeded. Not just about watching and observing, learn from it, make possible review and corrections. (learning how to eat the fish and leaving the bones). Create your own success story today. >Let others watch you also on their television 📺 STEPS TO TAKE ON OPPORTUNITY i. buying opportunities :-visit company's website check if there are room for investors to invest. Study and know all you need to know about them before investing. Buy shares, bonds, stock etc. ii. investing opportunities :-The world of crypto has turn the furtune of many around for good. Many people bought bitcoin when it was less than a dollar in 2009. Today they have suddenly become wealthy people overnight. Before jumping in a river, you have to consider the depth of it. Make proper information about what you are good into before joining. Never be afraid to take risk. To be continued next time.