As we’re drawing close to 2020, It has come to my attention that legends are/were born in August. If this sounds like you, then cheers!
I was born on the 28th of August a couple of years ago. So whenever August is knocking and eventually turned, my adrenaline always rushing because I know my youth days are no longer with me.
So, the big question I always ask myself is to what extent am I close to my retirement goals?
To some of you whose principle is to live for today, you're wondering how come a millennial on his mid 20's thinking of retirement: well, I'm being told if one wants to succeed in everything then he/she should always begin with the end in mind, So this is me seeing things in retirement days.
To many of us, we want our birthdays to be filled with warmth, love, and joy, I do too, but how often do we get the chance to reflect on the vows we’d once pledged when blowing off them candles?
It’s traditional everywhere on earth when celebrating new year or birthdays for individuals to make resolutions and wishes, but why going back to them seems to be more of a backbreaking task?
What use of planning for a big goal if we can’t echo on them? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t lay down our goals or plans, what I’m saying is, planning and evaluating are one and same: if we want our plans/goals to come into reality, the two terms should always be used interchangeably.
In this day and age, when sat down with family, friends, or coworkers, don’t promise what you can’t deliver or make vows that you can’t put yourself in.
“This time next year, I’ll buy a car for us” goals like this one calls for higher expectations. For what it worthy, we should make them public at least when we are true to our word because they don’t come out of blue.
Like I said, time and tides wait for no man. If you ask me like right now, I will tell you that I could still feel the warmth of the comfy bed at my parent home, the special treatment the last born gets in the family and how delicious my mom’s cooking was but no way, we’ve got an age to attend to and feel the burnt adult folks get, like being a parent.
Being an adult made me recollecting some of the old memories when I was young. I remember how often I get mad at my dad for not picking something for my birthday. But now, the feeling is mutual, at least they know I had a companion who never go easy on me, Lol!
So it is wise to say, no matter how proud parents are to their children, they also have a lot of expectations when their children are getting old. Instead of celebrating new age, take some moment in reflecting some of your old wishes. Did you accomplish them? And ones you're making right now, how do you plan to achieve them?
I usually hang on to Denzel Washington’s inaugural speech when he received the NAACP’s legacy of recognizing outstanding Black actors. Denzel inaugural was full of fire and furry. He said “Easy is a great threat to progress than hardship,” Simply Denzel says, there’s no growth in a comfort zone.
“It’s not easy. If it was easy, there’d be no Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer. But not only that, if it were easy there’d be no Viola Davis. If it were easy there’d be no Mykelti Williamson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, and there’d be no Denzel Washington".
With aging comes the responsibility of maturity. So before making wishes/resolutions, always have a plan in mind on how you'll achieve—or for those of you whose wishes are driven by Dutch-courage, kindly avoid them wine glasses—and thank me later.
“I done gave up so much free time knowing time ain’t free” — Big Sean.