Lessons From The Road


I woke up on the 6th of January, ready for school, after the 6months old ASUU strike that is finally going to affect the students.
Our journey started around 8O’clock. The journey is always a very long one. We are talking 9-13 hours on the road. First of all, I’ll like to say I always learn something new each time I embark on my journey to IBADAN. And on that day, I learnt about PATIENCE and GRACE, its not like the word is new to me or something , In fact, one of my favourite quotes is this : PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE – got it from a movie I saw when I was much younger and haven’t forgotten.
Enough of the digression. I was talking about my journey to school.

When we were about getting to the BENIN/ORE road we met this standstill. The cars and trucks were just not moving. Everything was on hold. I looked at my time, twenty minutes gone. Okay, I’m irritated and itchy and sweaty already. Some Vehicles started reversing because rumour had it that there was a smaller route, a better route, which could be taken rather than being stuck and in traffic.
Some folks at the back were telling the driver not to move. “Driver, be patient” “Small, Small, this line go move” and all “assuring” statements.
But I said “No o!! Driver we could be here for 2hours without any show, so please , follow,others who are reversing”

I won’t say I convinced the driver, because his mind seemed made-up to me already. And so he reversed and followed others. And 5minutes into the “better and shorter route” the bus got bad. All the passengers began ranting in anger.

And my inner goddess said “Well, Shut-up, anything would have happened to the bus whether we went through that way or not”. And I thought to my self, Yes o!! Because we were not the only people that went through that way. It would have been any other vehicle. And then it clicked! “GRACE” that is where the place of Grace comes in.
Most times we want to follow the crowd, forgetting that our destines are not the same. Someone else’s good could be your bad and vice versa. The high in life is a very big one and you are not in competition with anybody. The Grace God has bestowed on you is different from what he has given others.

Well, if only we knew we would have been patient. We wouldn’t have joined others in following the “short cut”.
The driver had to turn and continue with the former route because he needed a mechanic. And when we got to the highway we were at the back of the traffic line, that had unfortunately for us, started moving. If only we knew, the Driver would have just stayed a little longer.

I’m sure y’all get where I’m driving at. PATIENCE is indeed a virtue. Everything in life is not gotten in a hurry. Remember : SLOW and STEADY WINS THE RACE. We should always learn how to “Chill” “Calm down”.

The Driver finally got the mechanic and our bus was repaired and at 8:07pm, I was at the front gate of my School.
…….After 6months…….



Every one says life is a journey.. Indeed it is.. I travel all the time from Ibadan to Port harcourt and its not an easy one at all.. Sitting in a particular place for more than 10hours!! OMG!! Horrible.. As a result of the frequent travelling I meet a lot of people in the bus.. Good people, horrible people, sarcastic people, rude people, etc.. And apart from the people in the bus , I encounter a lot of things on d way.. From bad traffics to vehicles stopping unexpectedly.. I even see so many accidents with dead bodies everywhere.. 😦 (sobs#) .. I’m going somewhere, stay with me..
The problems I encounter while travelling is just like “life” it self.. We loose people.. People dear to our hearts,loved ones, friends etc.. People disappoint us when we least expect (just like the vehicles that get bad on high ways).. Leaving our hopes dashed!

Once I was travelling and my bus stopped @ Ughelli, Warri (Delta State) ..For close τ̅☺ 4 hours we were still stranded on d road and it was getting late.. I was so scared and wondered where I was going to stay, I thought about how late I was going to get to Ibadan.. It was then I remembered that I had a high school buddy that lived at Warri (GOD BLESS HER) 😀 God would have it, I stayed at her place till d next day and I continued my journey.. Now,God places people for us at strategic places in this life, to help us in our desperate times and moments.. We are never alone in this journey .. He is always with us..

After all my horrible encounters I always get to school happy that the journey was safe (although I get to school so late and wake up the next day with terrible body pains) .. What I’m trying to say is that no matter what we face in this journey called “life” if we are focused and determined, with God as our guide and companion..we will always get to our DESTINATION.. Like Liverpool fans say : YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE… 😀