The fragility of life endears us to the true veracity of our existence…

These are the words that meshed through my consciousness when I dropped the phone after speaking to a dear old cousin…

As I got off the DLR at Canary Wharf, I sat on the platform perplexed and wept internally, whilst workers of all sorts were rushing past, to get into their offices on time ( I guess they don’t want some ‘snooty’ manager telling them off for being five minutes late past the hour). That’s the joy of the ‘rat race’ innit – you spend so much on transport fare only for the constant delays of trains to impact your closely-guided punctuality records. Oh dear! I hope it doesn’t affect your bonus next February mate!

Life happens to us all is a familiar phrase we usually utter when confronted by difficulties that others are bearing, we drew from our own experiences to comfort them by assuring that things will get better. We regimentally say that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Is there really?

Of course, no one can really navigate the journey of life without some challenges. We all want to live and lead our lives in peace and in tranquility without punctures on the odyssey of life. As we have now realised, that there are no guarantees – there is no security (be it at work, or at home or in society at large) that cannot be breached. This reveals that ‘Life is indeed Fragile’.

I will stop here as I ponder my next move in the chess game of life.

In the meantime, I will implore you to reach out to your loved ones on this beautiful and blessed Sunday morning.

Have a nice Sunday! Thanks for reading.

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Some birds aren’t meant to be caged, their feathers are just too bright… (2mins Read).

This is a line from the great movie  – The Shawshank Redemption.

Yes, our feathers are too bright for the mundane or to be caged in one way or the other. Life like nature has a way of getting one over us and can throw you off-balance if care is not taken. It is almost like ‘life’ dares us to reveal our true nature, our innermost characters are revealed. Life is saying ‘I am the Boss’ show me what you got!

The question I ask my ‘inner’ self is, how do I keep my eyes fixed on the bigger prize whilst the boat of life is being rocked? How do I navigate my way through the rough edges of life when life itself is refusing to budge or to cut me some slack?

We have come to the mid point of this eventful year thus far, a lot has happened in the last six months politically and socially, the resulting impacts will reverberate for many years to come. If we are a corporation such as Amazon or Coca Cola, we will be comparing TY vs LY, we will be assessing and reviewing our corporate strategies against the 1st and 2nd quarter results. This is when management will be thinking of introducing new products into the market or downsizing, or as in Brexit; thinking of offshoring job functions (they usually get this wrong most of the time).

What is my point here?

My emphasis is that we must always review our plans and goals just like a corporation does on a regular basis. In my case at the beginning of this year, I set my goals to learn and acquire new skills of which I did (to gain practical work experience in project management/business analysis). I learnt new skills and tools and gained insights to the importance of data and evolving technology. It has helped me in my current role and projects including creating this blog space, but I must admit I did took my eyes off the ball for a while when ‘life’ says I am still here.

There lies the crust of my searching question again  – how do we reach our set goals and visions whilst life challenges still persists ( I would like to learn from you – please comment below).

I was having this discussion with one of my colleagues and she asked me to check out ‘Jay Shetty’ online – and in one of the videos he illustrates that to be successful in achieving your goals, you must spend and invest most your time i.e 80 – 100% on the area you are ‘most’ good at, which leads to the quadrant of success.

Enjoy the link below…

Dubai, Lagos, Dubai…

Let the adventure begins I’ll say. I’m switching off from the hustle and bustle of daily life in central London. I want to cool down my nerves with some real authentic cuisines, some tropical breeze, some necessary vitamin D on the skin, and also to marvel at the increasing architectural skyscrapers of Dubai​ that has shoot up from the desert in the last 30 years (a vision to turn a deserted desert into an important tourism hub in the world. I think they have succeeded, as I watched with bemusement of different languages filling the air. It got me thinking, how would my vision impact the world positively as they have done here through job creation and other benefits for the populace.

Research has concluded that it is not the length of duration or the destination itself that is good for our well-being, but rather the anticipation of the impending travels. It helps to shift our minds from the mundane, the school runs etc.

It allows us to behold the beauty of the universe and creatures accustomed to different regions and climates of the world.

What am I saying? I’m saying go ahead and booked that trip, either a solo trip, with friends or family. It doesn’t have to involve air bounds, it could be a road trip to the next city.

Have you noticed that the very wealthy spending habits has declined on material things, rather they will go on expensive hols to re-charge their batteries, connect with like-minded people and more importantly to create great memories for their friends and families.

I wish you a great summer ahead.

Enjoy! 🙂

Elections, elections & more elections… democracy galore! (3mins read)

It is high time I challenge my own liberal views (I studied International Relations as a postgraduate @warwick – since then I have shaped my world views from a realism standpoint). However, in this current climate, I am coming round to the notion that I want my vote in this UK General Elections on June 8th to count.

How does this fit into my main topics such as health, lifestyle, fitness, travel etc; please allow my indulgence.

It first started with the GOP conventions across the pond in America, followed by our French neighbours across the channel and various austerity-induced parties in continental Europe springing up and gaining seats (not to talk of our supposedly Brexit – I was a Remainer). Nobody told us that it will cost us £100 billion to come out of this union! Well, as a Brit we just have to get on with it, don’t we!

Let me quickly cross over to motherland (Nigeria to be precise), I will say to those stakeholders at the seat of power that you must handle this ongoing issue with a lot of gusto. The Vice president role is not a co-ordinator of government, although it is partly, the primary function of this role is to lead in an acting capacity in the absence of the president (I wish PMB well). I will say, let us do the right thing for a change for Nigeria and Africa at large; afterall it is you the so-called elites that will continue to benefit regardless.

This brings me back to blighty (an informal term for Britain), the people are angry because it seems as if governments here and around the globe are against the citizens. Government policies Versus the People

Let me moan please, this government increased taxation on my side hustle in April, cutting off an important source of income to reside in one of the most expensive cities in the world and the opposition party is talking of raising more taxes whilst living in London. C’mon, somebody give me a break.

Taxes are important and essential if we want to enjoy the daily necessities such as good roads, NHS, schools, care for the elderly, infrastructure etc… and we do see evidence of improvements in some areas.

However, the people are still angry because there is no safety net for the working class anymore; some industrial cities have become ghost towns and are now blighted with substance abuse, families structure are now broken, there are many households and entire streets without any form of paid employment, senseless killings of young people by young people perhaps due to absent fathers, lack of proper policing, lack of discipline and respect at home (sorry for being judgemental!). In addition, there are no real consequences for the offenders across the board – a slap on the wrist at the most due to our liberalism emphasis on rehabilitation.

To sum up, I believe governments must make ambitious investments for the future, but must also balance the needs of the people especially those that contribute to the treasury coffers.

If you are in the UK, are you voting? Please refer to the voter’s registration below and if you are reading this blog anywhere else in the world, please hold your governments accountable with your votes.

Thank you for reading.

https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote

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