If My Life Was A Blank Canvas, What Would I Write On It‘
If My Life Was A Blank Canvas, What Would I Write On It: Basil, take the eraser and clean that past off, but if the pencil shape, still shows the text, then get a new plain sheet and start writing all-over again’, said my mentor on the other side of the phone, few minutes after he had been told I attempted to commit suicide, due to my inability to figure out life after being a graduate in a country like Nigeria.
title, I decided to take a go and express my inner thoughts of a realistic,
common and achievable blueprint of my desired life. Not so I can secure an
approval to get a job.
Truly, I have been given the right to choice my own destiny with the above sentence, importantly to write whatsoever I want on my imaginative canvas of life. Be it what my mum said about me being a lawyer while I was younger, or my dreams of becoming a jury in the Supreme Court.
What I never
thought of growing up in those fantasy ages, is that everything I do will be
painted on the canvas, both good and bad. I never knew I had to make the
personal steps that will help me build a great and satisfying future.
I have been
trying to be an entrepreneur in a country which on newspaper says they desire
to create an enabling environment for start-ups to grow, while on the reality
newspaper, registration process alone will demand the entire capital of the
business. I have been in a relationship that saw the lady be the soul stable
financial provider for eight months running. You sure know how that hurts and
hunts a real man’s ego.
Seeing this, I
decided to follow my mentor’s advice and rewrite on my blank canvas, rather
than write for the aim of job seeking, I wiped off the jury tales and faced the
communication skills I learnt in the University, I have sent out my resume and
have attended two communication interview, but was turned down, due to a 5
years working experience in the broadcast medium, I had a chat with my lady and
encouraged her to become the new Hajiya Bola Shagaya, take the role of her
queen maker and let her be the queen bee.
I feel better
now, honestly. My new canvas is filled with Hope, faith, self-development on
creative skills through YouTube videos, free online trainings on digital
marketing, screening movies and writing personal reviews on them, extra lovable
Nadochi and composing inspirational short poems for her on daily basis, as she
sees that her man supports her career ambition. I am a new me and my goals of
The new me
I now take a walk around the Citiview estate without my phone, so I will not be distracted with chats or calls that will seize my inspirations. My meditation has become better, I no longer feel insecure, as I saw the movie, ‘What a woman wants’, without Nadochi being next to me.
No matter where
you in your life, it is not too late to start all-over again and this time do
it your own way, because you have learnt from your experiences.
Kindly pick up your old canvas and click on format button. Feel free to be more careful this time, as you start over again, like me.
About The Author
Basil Maduabuchi Ikpe author of If My Life Was A Blank Canvas, What Would I Write On It. is a former student journalist back then on campus with The Nation Newspaper who has interviewed politicians, lecturers, community residents, cultist and more on the issues surrounding campus.
He’s also written articles that were published on Headway point, before the crashing of the site, which was a result of no backup storage. His project have been published in 2010 and was used by a PHD holder in UNN as a study guard on his Thesis during the programme year.
His work has been praised by Mr. Bolade Omonijo, the Editorial board member of the Nation Newspaper, Dr. Chris Williams of Family Health on Dove TV, Mr. Goodness Ijeoma, the AGM of Silverbird Film Distribution, Mr.Nuhu Sani-formal Business Development Manager of Transcorp Hotels Calabar, Mr. Jude Nwasum-a lecturer of Mass Communication from the federal university Ebonyi state.
The Campus times yearly award, where he has been a 1st runner-up for three times at his days in school. His first field report got the second page of the paper with the current Political Editor of the Nation Newspaper.
Basil is a graduate of Mass Communication, from the Ebonyi state University. A content writer, digital marketer, with on going courses in digital marketing and social media marketing.
The Co-Founder of Nado Inter Global, a business marketing firm with IT services.