Hey guys, it’s been a while. I’ve been trying to make sense out of life and for now all I can say is ‘being a student is bliss’! So, part of making sense is actually trying to earn a living, make some major life changing decisions and trying not to go crazy in between 😩. Emphasis on ‘student life is bliss’!!!!
Few weeks before graduation, I got my first job after over 50 job applications and ‘God’s time is the best’ messages (yay!! Babes got a job in Douala! How nice!) and though it was a part time job I was so excited, I had a source of income and it was close to home. First few weeks were great and all rosy but fast forward to a few months later; no pocket allowance, contributions for things that made no sense to me at times, all uncles and aunties expecting free consultation drugs even when we met in weird places like the local market (FYI Doctor in Africa = Mobile Health Centre/Pharmacy 🤦🏾♀️) and so on I realized….it’s time to make a move. I love traveling so this wasn’t too hard but the reaction I got when I broke the news to my family and friends was epic!
Me: ‘I got a job in the Far North, I leave next month’
Everyone: ‘Far North?!’ ‘Boko Haram?!’ ‘That place is for men, you’re too fragile’ ‘You no wan marrate? Or you don get Massa for dey?’ etc
It took a while to make this decision but I think it’s totally worth it.
1. It’s a risk, but you never gain anything substantial if you are not ready to risk something.
2. It’s an opportunity for a young and early career professional like me. There’s so much out here to be explored.
3. I’m learning what it takes to be independent; it’s very rewarding to know that you can stand on your own without having someone to watch you all the time.
4. I’m learning a new culture and I’m exposed to people with different opinions and behavior. I’m learning to be open-minded.
5. I’m in the process of finding my home. For over twenty years, home was with my parents but it’s time for me to move out of their nest to find my home.
6. Finally I consider this as a time of retreat for me, I’m in the process of getting to know myself better – discovering who I am, what I really want and God’s purpose for my life.
I’ve been here for a few days so I can’t say much but my next blogpost will definitely be about my amazing journey and yes I took my Camera along with me so I’ll be sharing some pictures from my amateur collection.
The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself.
– Diane Von Furstenberg