Thoughts on Old Age

I admit, I am such a baby boy. I am too soft and kind hearted. I don’t understand how some people do the stuff they do, I can’t even hurt a fly with my hands; I let my Insecticide do the job. Recently, I’ve craved spending time with very old people, I just enjoy watching them talk and move. Whenever I see one in a BRT standing, I quickly give up my seat and watch them seat, if I see anyone on the streets carrying something heavy, I quickly offer to help. No I’m not trying to be a good boy, I just love coming closer to them, even if words aren’t exchanged. There’s something about their aura that heightens my humaneness.

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World’s Oldest Woman; Misao Okawa | Credit: Daily Mail

 

Most times I try to wonder what goes through their minds as they navigate through their day. How different is the world now from what it used to be forty years ago. Do they wish they did something different? When I look at their wrinkled faces, I try to imagine the spotless beauty that covered this face during their youth. When I see them frantically holding on to pillars for support, I try to reimagine the swagger with which they moved around in their pomposity.

I’ve noticed quite a whole lot of striking similarities between old people. One of them is that, nothing seems to matter anymore, none of the things we hurriedly worry about. An old man once insisted I gave him the broom to sweep, I didn’t understand why at such old age you would want to bend down and sweep. It got me thinking; as young humans, we demand so much respect, we want to feel important and respected, but these guys have seen it all and they realise all that counts for nothing.

Old people also don’t like to admit they are old. Isn’t it funny? Because as young people, we try so hard to convince people that we are old enough, we never want to revel in the innocence and exuberance of our youth. We always want to speak like King Solomon and dress like Benjamin Button, just so we’d convince people that we aren’t young. But here’s an old man frantically trying to do things to convince those who care to listen that they’ve still got fire in their bones.

Old age is exciting, little wonder most of them tell you they have no regrets. It’s a blessing to live long. I can bet there’s no way they would have lived this long if all they did was regret the decisions they took or didn’t take years ago. Another crazy juxtaposition because we young people are so fond of living in regrets. You cry everyday about the actions you didn’t take that you end up missing out on the present opportunity starring you in the face all because you’ve got your eyes still fixated on the past. No one moves forward with their gaze behind. No one.

Old people smile a lot when they see us young people strut our stuff. I haven’t been able to ask them what fuels that smile. I like to see that smile as an approval; an approval to enjoy life and make all the mistakes you possibly can while you are young. An approval that no matter how careful you are, you still need to fail a little so you can succeed plenty.

Old people understand the power of words. Once they send a “God bless you my son” your way, they nudge you to say “Amen”. They understand how powerful words are. Another wonder about old age is if there’s a knowledge bank where old people just go to freely to access nuggets. I haven’t met an old man who didn’t have some real truths to spill. Is it something that comes from experience?

When next you see an old person, take a pause, if you notice, they are never in a hurry, so where are you always rushing to? There’s really never a missed opportunity that doesn’t come back. Take a pause and appreciate the beauty of old age, bask in the euphoria of your youth and visualise yourself one day with grey hairs and weak bones and an ever cheerful smile. Take time to appreciate the soothing air and landscape around you for in less than no time, they would be your greatest companions.

What are you currently doing to ensure your old age is blissful? Old age really is the annuity returns you get from your investments as a youth. Have you started investing towards your old age?

 

Stay True!

Miracle Roch.

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Tilling the Fields

Felicitations. I say this knowing fully well what I have said. Service is something that will change you. Devote your time and energy into these two years and you’ll be thankful to yourself at the end. I will keep this as simple as possible with the intention of hitting the nail rightly on the head straight in.

You have been made the Outreach Coordinator. Make no mistake, you are not just the Outreach Coordinator. You are FECA Nsukka hitting purpose on the head. You are FECA Nsukka hitting the right notes in relevance. You are FECA Nsukka retaining it’s standing among contemporaries.

But make no mistake. You are under authority. You have your duties to perform. You have a portfolio. Stick to it. Don’t be everywhere and end up being nowhere. Don’t be worried about other offices that you neglect your office.

First thing you should note, FECA is an Outreach based association. So whenever you slack or derail, FECA details. Yes, you have that much resting on you. Don’t de distracted by other things that crop up along the roadside.

Work with people, you can’t do this on your own. Even Jesus had 12 people he did the work with. When going into the fields, take people along. So it means you have to improve your interpersonal skills, you have to improve your human relationships. People are key in the work, you’d have to be at your interactive best to have them do what you want. If you want to drive results home.

Having zeal is good. Having knowledge is good. But having zeal without knowledge is terrible. Having knowledge without zeal is horrible. Having no knowledge and no zeal is atrocious. Make sure you have enough of these two every step of the way. Don’t be too eager to do the work without having a critical appraisal first.

Don’t be too interested in the spotlight. It doesn’t bode well. Do most of your work in the background. Don’t be concerned with public accolades. The only one deserving of both receiving and giving accolades is God.

You’re at your best when no one gives you credit for the work you have done, that should serve as the impulse to do more because you can be sure heaven took note.

Obey authority. Even when the authority is not fully established, even if the authority is flawed. Even if the said authority is derailing. Obey. What counts is your obedience and not the scenario. In obedience, you get a leeway, more like a lubricant to grease your wheels and fire on without complications.

Make your life someone’s testimony. Be an example. People will follow you better if you give them a good reason to. People will follow you so they will get a bit of what you have. You have to make yourself desirable.

You are addressed the way you dress is wholly correct. Look good, look presentable. When going to secondary schools, dress well. 70% of people’s first impression of you come from what they think of your dressing. The other 30% is from what comes out from your mouth. Do well to speak the right words.

Logic does not always pay. It’s good to be logical but it doesn’t always pay. The best sense of reasoning to use is the Holy Spirit. He’s an insurance cover against catastrophe. He’s a latitude against limitations. Spend time with him.

Plant men. Prioritize planting men. Men plant chapters. Men build lasting structures. Men propagate. Men promulgate. Men uphold. Plant men.
Always seek counsel. Be teachable. There’s so much more to know. So much more you still won’t know so why not take cover with someone who already knows. You can never know too much. Enlarge your coast. Read, open yourself to more. Be a lover of more.

There’s can’t be too much of more. You’d need a high level of tact and intellect in the fields.
Make the office whilst also allowing the office make you. As exalted as His position was/is; Jesus still made himself accessible to the multitude.

Don’t allow pride settle in. Don’t ever begin to feel you have arrived. Remember, you are only the funnel, nothing else. Just a tool being used. Be humble.

Trophies aren’t given to people who have a good beginning. The key to relevant success is to last the whole duration of the race. Times will come when you’d test the fire but they will only make you testify afterwards. Start strong, continue strong but most importantly finish strong. Two years isn’t such a long time when viewed back in time.

Finally, don’t be like me. If you must be like me, become an updated, upgraded, corrected and better version of me. I am proud of you. Be sure to know I’ve got your back for these two years of your life. And son, you must remember; lifetime is working time. Get ready to work; therein lies life.

I love you son.

Stay True!

– Miracle Roch.
Erstwhile Outreach Coordinator FECA Nsukka [2012-2014]