As a child, I wasn’t able to speak fluently. It was one of my weaknesses. I was a huge stammerer.
Before I could say a word, I would stamp my feet on the ground, hit any available object, shut my eyes forcefully and nod my head like an Agama lizard. You will need a lot of patience to hear me out. Terrible sontin, I swear.
When we relocated from Enugu to Ebonyi, I was registered in one school like that. I was supposed to start off from Primary 1 but after the exam, I got promoted to Primary 2 instantly. Smart huh? 😮😮
First day at school, the teacher called me out to introduce myself in front of the class.
It wasn’t an easy sontin. I kept trying to say my name but all I kept doing was stamp my feet on the ground and nod my head.
The only word I was able to say was.. “My… My… My… ”
For some minutes I kept doing that.
Before I knew it, everybody started laughing, including the teacher who told me to go back to my seat.
The embarrassment I got that day eeh, I wanted to ground to open and swallow me.
I begged mum to take my back to Enugu; she told me to make new friends but who wants to be friends with the new girl that can’t even say her name.
You can’t imagine how much I hated school.
My story books were my greatest companion.
With time I started creating characters in my head and penning down some stories.
It’s true I couldn’t speak fluently.
But there was this happiness I felt putting down those words I couldn’t say.
It didn’t take long, my seatmates noticed my stories and how interesting they were.
They showed their friends and before I knew it, everyone saw a reason to associate with me.
Everybody wanted to read my story.
They wanted to see their names written as one of the characters.
I became hot cake. 😂😂 Just like that o.
The same girl they were making fun of.
In this life, we all have our weaknesses.
But it shouldn’t stop us from shinning.
There is always a strength hidden in our weakness.
Instead of feeling sorry for yourself,
Get your ass up and do something.
Push your boundaries. It’s sad that far too many people don’t excel in life because they are too afraid of taking the necessary steps to achieve their dreams. Some manifest fear as a safeguard from failure; others don’t even try, believing that they are restricted by limits; while too many get caught up in the status quo.
As Max DePree said:
“We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.”
So push your boundaries.
Let nothing limit you from achieving your dreams.
If you have been following the America’s got talent, you would have come across Mandy Harvey. She is deaf but then it didn’t stop her from singing. She didn’t feel so sorry for herself: she pushed her boundaries. According to her, she wants to do more with her life than just give up.
— America's Got Talent (@AGT) June 7, 2017
Have a beautiful day and don’t forget to always push your boundaries.