The man who has no imagination
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
– Muhammad Ali
When you forget your purpose
Recently, I had a chat with my good friend and she asked me some serious questions. Questions most people will never dare to ask you. Unfortunately for you, I don’t have those records so I don’t remember verbatim. All I recall was that these seemingly daunting questions revolved around my dreams and what I plan to do for humanity. How I totally forgot about these dreams, I really don’t know yet. Maybe I was just too scared to chase them or maybe, just maybe it was the never-ending chaos that comes with the constant everyday distractions that I forgot to just unplug, sit back, take a breath and reflect. But, just like the Titan, Thanos said, “Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives”. And of course, with friends like these, there is no escape.
And no, I don’t plan on destroying half the world whilst chasing my dreams.
Say it out loud for all to hear
I have 3 things that I am going to do and I don’t care who or what gets in my way. I’m getting it done because I will it.
- Build soccer academies. These will come with stadiums.
- Construct the most awe-inspiring observatories. I can’t deny the people the wonder that is the COSMOS.
- I want to learn better. So I will provide the means to doing just that. Some of these ideas I borrowed from a TED TALK on Ricardo Semler’s how to run a company with (almost) no rules.
Is that all? No, I have 100s of ideas. Some small, some too big I can only glimpse pieces at times.
A million dreams for the world we’re gonna make.
It’s not going to be easy
No one said it is going to be easy. No, it never is. At least for me, it isn’t. I do encounter challenges on a day to day basis. From struggling to wake up on those hazy days, being broke, being surrounded by negative company, self-doubt, Impostor syndrome —that bitch. I pull through nonetheless. I once asked her what she does when she feels like there’s nothing else to hold on to and she said, “I pull through my dear”.
Think about the kids
It is and it will be your fault when you are forced to do something you have zero beliefs and passion for. The only exception I think, is when you absolutely have no choice in the matter whatsoever. For example, you might have a family and you are the breadwinner and chasing your dreams means neglecting or jeopardizing your ties with your family or kids, then I can understand. But then, don’t use that as an excuse to shatter their dreams or force them into your line of work because you think that is what is safe and that is what works. No, that is just wrong on so many levels.
“No don’t be a musician, no one ever made money doing that. No, don’t be a soccer player, what if you break your leg?”.
There is this doctor, Dr. Ben Khingi, a surgeon at Mulago Hospital. What a doctor he is! The epitome of what taking care of a patient truly means. I was just a boy, 5 or 6 years of age when he operated my neck lump. I remember him giving me treats and taking me for walks, talking about kid stuff. Now, some might argue that he was just doing his job but I like to believe that he loved what he was doing. I honestly haven’t met many who extend that much care and concern for their patients. This, I’d like to think is what happens when passion, dedication, and love meets professionalism.
Balanced, as all things should be
Have you ever met that person who just treated you right or maybe even extra-ordinarily better than you had anticipated? I don’t think that just happens by chance. No, It doesn’t. The universe is rarely so lazy. I think and believe that these are the individuals who truly love what they do and if they could, they would most probably offer their services without charge. And this is what I believe is robbed from each and every one of us when we force our kids to do this combination, take this course, follow this career path. “No don’t be a musician, no one ever made money doing that. No, don’t be a soccer player, what if you break your leg? You will be wasting your life away if that’s all you ever choose to do with it. The list goes on…”. We’ve all heard this and maybe said it too. I beg you to rethink and reconsider the inherent harm we bring to ourselves and others when we follow through with this mindset.
There is a certain balance that should not be upset. We do need each other. We need the doctors, musicians, artists, comedians, teachers, bus drivers, the butcher across the street…
All I’m saying is that as long as it’s what you want to do and it honestly brings you joy, then, by all means, pursue it or keep doing so with everything you’ve got. You will save someone someday.