Guardian’s Twitter fiction is a series where top writers create a story with twitter’s 140 character limit. Now that’s a short short story! I decided to give it a go and this is what I came up with:
“Life is an opportunity, take it as it comes”– Sarkodie
I was feeling a bit down in the dumps today. Somehow looking around at the people that inspire me didn’t help much. It all just made me feel more inadequate and wonder where my life is headed. We plan, plan and plan and sometimes the plans most dear to us either get knocked down or seem to be slipping away. They tell you to take the road less traveled, but in that road, it is much harder to breathe and you can’t turn back because the only way is forward. Even though everything might not seem like it will be alright, your strong will tells you that it will be fine. So you keep moving despite it all. When you hear the stories of others, you realize you’re one of the ‘lucky’ ones. In all your luck your story fades into the background of those more tragic; nonetheless, your heart still breaks. This might not make much sense or maybe it might… in all your anxieties, don’t forget to breathe, I can’t say if it will be okay because it might not be but don’t be the one that throws in the towel. YOU ARE AFRICAN!!! You are alive! and you are! so keep walking because your journey is not done yet…not even close.
A lot of times we try to define ourselves -‘Mother’, ‘Tycoon’, ‘Boyfriend’, ‘Artist’. However, we are never one thing always. We change and are always different things at different times, places and to different people. The Buddhists say that there is no self and we are a collection of Skandhas
(‘a combination of five aggregates of existence- about.com)
In one of the bestselling books in the world – The Bible- Exodus 3:14 narrates
“God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM”
This simple statement says a lot about ourselves and the definition of this self. We are a complex phenomenon not only in terms of biology but also in terms of personality. A bunch of definitions is never just enough to paint the picture of who we are. Perhaps the best way to tell someone about ourselves is to say we are who we are.