In case you are wondering why every of my writing has been on “birthday”. Well, it’s because it is my birth month and I want to ensure every lesson I’m learning is shared with you.
From the previous post, I mentioned that my friends took me out on my birthday, and of course I had a nice time hanging out with them.
Nevertheless, I haven’t recovered from the feedbacks I got when each one of them began to talk about me.
Just a quick digression: when my birthday got so close, I started having mixed feelings on what to do and how to go about it. But I realized that when you are surrounded by good people, those who love you, no matter how small it is – they would ensure something is arranged just to make you happy.
My friend Kemi literally became the celebrant because she was all over the place, planning and trying to work out things. I had never felt so much love before.
Okay, back to our discussion!
It was time to say something about the celebrant and Kemi said “please keep it simple, not so much stories”. But I was surprised at her statement because the Kemi I know will be the first to give a very long speech lol. So I interjected by saying I would love everyone to say their mind, either good or bad – the essence is so we can all learn from it. As a matter of fact, I love it when people share their opinion about me. It is not because I want to be happy about myself but to adjust and make corrections where necessary.
So they started talking, each one after the other:
Jenny said – Maureen is more than a roomie to me, she’s a sister, a counsellor, she always tries to help, she could give her tooth out…..hmmmm my countenance was already changing.
Eunice said – Maureen is a cool person; I like her personality. I remember the first time I met her, we were in the class together and a guy that was in distinction was addressing us, giving us orientation. And she told me if that guy could do it, then she would also finish with a distinction. And when she eventually came out with a distinction, I was happy for her.
Now, this was something I couldn’t even remember saying. There is definitely power in our confessions!
Comfort said – Maureen can be secretive sometimes, but she listens to people and gives good advice.
Yes, that part I was waiting for. How can you keep things and expect people to share theirs with you? But sincerely, that’s a part of me I knew before now, and has definitely undergone a lot of improvements. Even a savior needs to be saved!
Kemi said – Maureen is a role model to me and a counsellor, she is a friend with positive benefit. She has impacted everyone present here one way or the other. I have watched her grow from being a careless person to a careful person – she can so look for things.
Kai this one got me! But I was grateful that even my growth was visible to her.
Michael said – For the short while that I’ve known Maureen: she is caring, loving and daring. When she’s trying to work on something, even though she’s tired – she won’t leave it, until she gets it right.
You can imagine how I was feeling after hearing all of these and so many others.
So, here are few lessons I learnt:
You cannot afford to live your life recklessly; if not for anything, for the sake of others who see you as a role model and are watching you closely.
People take note of every word you utter; speak positively.
You carry so much potential than you know.
Everyone has a weakness which they must pay attention to.
You don’t need to be perfect before you can encourage someone in their down times.
Always acknowledge opinion of others, but never allow it to affect your self-esteem.
What goes around comes back around – every act of kindness is noted and will one day come back to you when needed.
True friendship is about having each other’s back.
Your character is contagious.
Try to leave a positive mark in every life you come in contact with and they will always remember you for it.
Having said all of that, I appreciate every one that has been part of my life, my awesome readers; those that sent wishes and prayers on my birthday. *wink* your cake + “THE CATALYST” is in the oven.
2017 is a year I will always live to remember and smile!
Love you guys,