2018 : Plans And Hopes.

4 Jan

If you think New Year starts on January 1st 2018 then you are right. But if you start making your plans on 1st January 2018 you are also right and of course late. My 2018 plans have been ready since September 30th 2017 and I have also executed part of it and achieved a fraction of next year’s plans. What is your plan as a youth for the year 2018 and how do you intend to achieve it? How do you intend to execute it? How do you appraise the outgoing year? What is your vision for 2018 and beyond? Are there new ideas you intend to sell,develop,acquire and of course use to impact on your environment? How do you intend to develop yourself intelligently and intellectually in the coming year? What is your unique selling position for 2018? If I may answer these questions from my experience.

The Year 2017: In Retrospect

The outgoing year can be best described as a year of firsts personally. It was a tough,terrible,disastrous and unpredictably a year of so much setbacks, a year that my plans went up in flames before my very eyes, a year that I lived in fear of being thrown out of my own house, almost denying my right of inheriting and my mum locked up by a crooked judge who was used by a lawyer to carry out same,a year that I had no job to sustain a family of five but lived on the Grace of kind hearted people to survive, a year that I lost my focus and friends because of all these problems, a year that I searched for something to keep me alive, a year that my own siblings termed me a pariah,a year that I only ate once or at most twice a day if there was anything to eat, a year that I neglected and relegated my health to fifth place because I could not raise funds for full medical examination, a year that saw me sell my belongings to pay my kids school fees in bits, a year that saw me humiliated by my creditors because I was unable to pay back debts, a year that saw me beg on social media and physically from those around me to survive and enable me raise some money for some petty business but to no avail, a year that I became spiritually and physically challenged and went down to my lowest ebb, a year that I could not afford to buy or read a book due to unavailable resources to do so, a year that I could not interact with my peers to help generate ideas, a year that I could not achieve anything significant and my survival and that of my family was on the front burner all the time. Some of these failures can be attributed to some mistakes I made earlier in the previous years that have trickled into the current year under review.

I  kept my head during these trials to stand strong and give all around me, especially my family confidence to hope in that period of despair. At a point in time, I was literally going nuts and could not control these issues. I thought of running away from these responsibilities but gained some glimmer of hope from my kids soothing words and prayers. I did not learn any new skill or read any new book beyond newspapers I hired from the local vendor. I did not network. My options for any economic improvements were slim.

My inability to achieve anything significant in 2017 can be attributed to lack of resources,support and psychologically affected me and every member of my family,especially my eldest child, who repeated a class due to my loss of concentration on these issues.

However, I Thank and Appreciate my Creator for keeping me alive to relate my experience and for surviving this harsh year 2017. I also thank my real friends for standing by me to survive. I also thank my family for the moral support and especially my wife in this era of rapid change. She was the helping hand at the end of my arm. Thanks to you my dear for standing by me in that unforgettable year 2017.

The year in retrospect showed me that my being alive is to fulfill both Divine,physical and psychological purpose on earth to family and friends and  the world at large. It enabled me to reflect back on what went wrong and how the outgoing year was divinely wired to turn out that way.

The events of the past year have shaped me to prepare for the incoming year and that alone has been appreciable. As bad as the outgoing year was, it opened a new thinking for me. Every day and night I thought of what to do: what business to engage in, who to meet, where to learn, what to expect and of course set up new plans and how to achieve them.

I started to recover gradually from these disappointments when I paid off my kids school fees and was given a lead role on the Parent Teachers’ Association Constitution Drafting Committee as Chairman. I was elated by the appointment because it comes as a surprise that compensates for my past experience. My successful negotiation with our family lawyer on our litigation was another milestone. Its not an easy thing

2018: Prospects

2018 is a year of hope,faith and fulfillment of dreams. A year that dreams will be fulfilled and lives will be positively changed. It’s a year that I have decided that the negatives will be laid to rest. A year that some of my long and short term goals will be fulfilled.

Despite all these, I am still optimistic that the year 2018 presents opportunities waiting to be tapped. It is said that humans thrive and think better during crisis. The past year 2017, which was crisis ridden and that, will not stop me from achieving a lot in 2018.

I intend to raise the tempo in 2018 to achieve a lot.

What do I intend to achieve in 2018?

Education is the key to life itself. I intend to improve on my intellectual well being in 2018. Three ways I will achieve this to buy enough books to read this year. Reading makes a complete man. I have applied for a degree program in Law at a nearby university here in addition to my Accounting Diploma.

My second important goal for 2018 is to host my blogs. For five years I have tried to host these blogs but for resources. It will take me US $300  to host and improve these blogs and I really do not know how to raise that. I would be grateful if someone reading this will gladly sponsor the hosting. With such a boost I can actually make a living by improving on other aspects of the blog.

Third is to be able to pay my debts in 2018. Debts weigh you down and make you lose focus if you do not manage them properly or you lose your source of income to repay it. That was what exactly happened in 2017.

Fourth is to make my family happy in any way that I can. They were my only hope that I had a Divine duty to them and society at large. They were my motivation for staying alive in 2017. We went through this rough year together and we are going to make it positively successful in 2018. Remember we are the winning team.

Fifth is me. My dress code and appearance was worst hit. I have worn the same clothes in five years with some torn,faded and some dirty. Some have become an eyesore and not commendable at all. Thankfully I have thrown all away and replaced them with a few brand new ones that will last some months. I hope to make a better impact on my dress code and my appearance in 2018.

I hope I would be able to achieve significantly in 2018.

May it be a year to remember for everyone of us.

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