Versatility can kill you

Versatility can Kill you! and this is not even a heading.

Let’s do a quick run through history. Recently, I’ve been using the “b” word on history too much because I just realised it’s something that can’t be erased. Yeah, you can make amends but you can’t erase history. I digress.

Growing up, people told you to try your hands out at different things and see what you’re very good at. People liked it when you were good at sports, in church and also good in school. Then there was this Current Affairs book that was making the rounds in the country. Your parents would buy it for you and you’d spend the free time of your life reading “current affairs”. Isn’t it funny that they call the affair “current” yet you’d have to keep memorizing dates of things that happened long before your grandfather was born? Maybe we should have called it “Historical Affairs”. I near digress.

It was the in thing then. A kid who knows and can recite the whole states and capital of their country, tell you who the President of Kagawastan is or what the capital of Purukan is. All those things made sense, parents were proud of their kids for being up to date. They were even happier when the kid smashes academic records in school. “Ah! We’ve given birth to a genius”, the man says while on top of his wife. Reinvigorated by success, the wife screams “let’s make more babies”. “…Intelligent ones”, the man adds and then goes ahead to pummel. You see how families are made? Again, I digress.

You think this is prosaic. You haven’t seen nothing yet, I still have a bucket load of banality to serve up. Kids grow up thinking it’s cool to “Jack of all trades, Master of none”. Who says you need to be a master anyways, so long as you know the “current affairs” version of the subject matter, you’re good to go. All you need know is that Nigeria’s capital is Abuja, who gives a heck about the population density of Abuja. Slowly, we’ve denigrated into a generation of Robin Hoods. We indulge in wrong and pacify ourselves with the notion that we do so for the greater good. I nigh digress.

Don’t be everywhere and end up nowhere. Better a man who knows every single detail about Abuja including the ratio of beans lovers to rice lovers (if need be) and nothing else than a man who knows the capital of all the states and it ends there.
I’ve been involved in so many things. I read newspapers like mad while growing up, I’m supposed to be the guru, but I don’t fancy all that. I remember reading Angus Maciver’s First Aid in English while I was still a toddler (err, not literally) and I remember all that history about nothing. I remember thinking I was gon’ fly a plane after reading one newspaper article about pilots. I remember thinking I was gon’ be a neurosurgeon after reading Ben Carson’s Gifted hands, I remember wanting to be President after reading a Times Magazine exclusive on Bill Clinton. I remember wanting to be different things based on what I’ve read. I wasn’t helped by reading almost everything printed on paper. I don’t digress.

They tell you, now is the time to try out different things, they tell you, you’re young, you’ve got the time to try out whatever. But I keep asking the stars, if Bill Gates had tried out Software, Hardware, Lacrosse, Rugby, etc at a young age, would he have known what to devote his lifetime to? If I had spent all those years reading only newspaper articles about Aviation, read novels about aviation, only, would I have spent these latter years confused about what to do? No digress.
It’s good to be versatile, it’s good to know a bit of everything, especially if you wanna go for a general knowledge Millionaire gameshow, it’s good but truth is except you’re Christopher Langan, you may never know deep bits about everything.
Find a niche, find something. It may not make sense to you now, but devote all your energy into that one bit, get to know everything about it, be a master of it. You’d realise that all the other things become interconnected at the top echelon.
Versatility can kill you; if you start at the bottom. Versatility should begin from the top. Getting to the top is a lifetime singularity. I digress.

Stay True!

Miracle Roch.

I don’t have a Plan

I don’t have a plan. I know I’m supposed to be that tech savvy guy who has it all figured out but sadly I don’t have stuff figured out. I just recently graduated from school and life has already been too daring. I thought I had seen it all and was ready but alas! I don’t know shit.
I hear people talk, and they give you their 10 year plan, some give you their lifetime plan, they tell you what they should be doing in the next 5 years and all that stuff.
I don’t even know the basic things like what I should do my M.Sc on, where I should do my M.Sc, which career path I should follow and all that stuff. Before y’all castigate real quick, let me give you some reasons for my dilemma.
For some reasons, I let my childhood slip away from me, my childhood was too serious, no cartoons, no TV, none of all those things that supposedly makes one’s childhood fun. Sadly, I’m slowly letting that happen to my adolescence too. I don’t know how I get this feeling that I don’t have time, so I’m trying to mumble plenty things into one calendar year in a bid to “save time”.
So, the first reason why I don’t have a plan is because I’m in a hurry. I have refused to enjoy life, indulge in some frivolities and just enjoy the moments. Maybe I should cool down knowing I have lots of time and somehow believe the plan will be all clear to me at some point later on.
Second reason why I don’t have a plan is because I’m everywhere and nowhere. In this little time I have spent on earth, I have managed to fit in too many things into my thinking faculty. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to be versatile, but when that versatility is hindering your progress then there should be a caveat somewhere. I know too many things, like too many things, say too many things that basically, push has come to shove and I’m having a hard time knowing which of those “things” I should pursue.

The Third reason is definitely linked to the second. I’m basically torn between two passions, I love Physics, (I’m a trained Physicist by the way), I want to go into Medical Physics and focus on Resonance Imaging and Radiation and hopefully come up with a better cancer detection mechanism (because what we have now is fool’s gold) that will actually save Cancer patients and save them the rigours and trauma of chemotherapy.

That’s been my plan ever since that aunt of mine died in LUTH to cancer when I was young. But then, I’m a geek. I love IT, I love all that stuff about computers, coding, language and all the endless impossibilities that come with it. I’ve been into IT for almost all my life so I also want to go into that.

The fourth reason why I’m at a dilemma is because, I’ve been consulting “old heads”, I’ve been reading “career” books and I’ve tried to see if there’s a middle ground between the two. I had thought there were at two extremes but I think I’ve finally come up with a middle ground for both. It’s something called Medical Informatics. While I’m still exploring this new field, I really haven’t gotten to any conclusions.
I could give you countless reasons why I don’t have a plan and allow you have fun and laugh at my muddle but it won’t really get us anywhere. I’m going to desist from throwing this back at you so I’d let you read and come up with your own conclusons.
I also don’t have a plan because it’s not in my place to have a plan. I didn’t script my life; God did. So He’s got the plans for my life. I’m yet to download it, once I do, I’ll share with you all.
So, I don’t have a plan because it’s not my place to come up with a plan. Forget all these reasons.

Stay True!

Miracle Roch.

@Miracle_Roch