Written by Olarewaju Joshua
Independence meant one thing for me growing up. It had nothing to do with October 1 or Britain or Nigeria. It simply meant being able to do what I wanted, when I wanted and how I wanted. I wanted to be able to buy what I wanted, simply because I wanted it. It did not matter that I wasn’t working or making any money. I wanted to decide on where I go and how long I stayed there. I hated the fact that I had to tell my parents where I was going every time I went out. I wanted Independence.
I went to the University and got some level of independence. I went for NYSC and got even more independence but what did I do with it? Nothing. At least, nothing that has greatly uttered my life.
You may feel caged, restricted. You look at the people outside, enjoying freedom, roaming and eating what they want. You never ask yourself what they do when it rains. You stay indoors, warm and dry, they are exposed to the elements. Suddenly their freedom doesn’t look so attractive.
There’s a certain thing in humans that makes you hate control and submission. You think you know the best, you believe your decisions are the right ones and nobody knows better. In truth, nobody is always right. Most of the things you struggle and fight to control, you really shouldn’t come near them. Or at least, not yet.
Some have claimed that Nigeria got her independence too soon. Their argument is, Nigeria would be better if the British had stayed longer. They would have established better infrastructure and better systems. Things we could not handle ourselves. I don’t know if they are right or wrong but I know there is such a thing as premature independence. Don’t fight for independence when you are not ripe for it. Don’t fight to ‘go it alone’ when you are not ready.
Enjoy the limitations being under somebody puts on you. Learn to live with them. Build discipline. Learn submission. A day is coming, and it will surely come, when you will get the independence you so long for. Nobody will be able to stop you from getting it, or take it from you.
You may find out that you spent so much time and effort fighting for independence, you forgot to prepare for it.
Joshua Olanrewaju or LordJosh, as most people know him is a fiction writer, blogger and filmmaker. He has a knack for suspense filled, riveting stories that will have you turning every page till you are done. He has blogged for years and most of his writing can be found on his website; www.lordjoshwrites.com and his Facebook page; facebook.com/lordjoshwrites. He is currently working on his debut novel which will be out in 2018.
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