(As a birthday celebrant, I wrote a note to my family and friends. It also happens to be the 100th post that would be published on this website. Cheers to another milestone!)
Friends and family, in the days leading up to this year’s June 12, I revisited “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius. I did this to remind myself of the kind of man I would like to be and the sets of values I have been striving to possess. Without doubt, it made me realise that I have often fallen short of the standards to which I should hold myself. But it was also encouraging to discover that, with the help of the good people in my life, I have often tried to retrace my steps back to the right path.
There are probably some things in my life I could wish to be different, but I have come to understand that it is not about the cards one is dealt but how one chooses to play the hand. Nobody is absolutely certain of the best way to navigate this life, although one could suppose that open-mindedness, consideration for others, and continuous attempts at becoming a better version of oneself must be crucial to it. I clock 24 today, and I intend to keep these things in mind as I soldier on in this journey.
It is easy to live for oneself, to think only of one’s own interest like nature has conditioned us to behave. However, with the remarkable advancements in science and technology over the last few centuries, humans are now convinced that we can get a lot done by modifying nature rather than just submitting to it. This should be a reminder to us all that we can do better than our natural instincts, especially when those instincts are not fair or helpful to other persons concerned.
My people, I am really grateful for how far I have come and the various roles you have all played in seeing to it. As I like to say, if my little masquerade has been performing a great dance and giving a good show, it is because I have you as my gifted drummers with tuneful beats. I look forward to celebrating more years with you, each one better than the last.
Happy birthday to my birthday mates: Kene, SammieKeyz, Kayode, Ujunwa…
And, of course, happy Democracy Day to all Nigerians. As we commemorate the June 12 election of 1993 as a turning point in Nigeria’s political history, one hopes that those at the helm of the nation’s affairs would see this as one more reason to intensify their efforts in delivering good governance and the much needed dividends of democracy to the Nigerian populace.
Thank you all for your time and kind attention. Enjoy the holiday.
— Omoya Yinka Simult
(June 12, 2020)