Hamidu Alhasaan
 (Abu Huzaipha Lafiagi) writes,

The last time I checked, we were never custodians of our successes, making it almost impossible to have a spot-on definition of ‘right time’. Until we can say yes to our wishes, we can not ascertain the wrong or the right time for them.

I understand that there are cusp moments in our lives. However, they vary from person to person as we can make up for them when we miss them with a great deal of determination.

Success comes to people at different stages of their lives. While some get into higher institutions before their eighteenth birthdays, others are not lucky enough to get in until their twenties or even thirties.

We’ve seen, read and heard of people becoming CEOs at very young ages, making landmarks and achieving big dreams. Others get to make this happen at what you call late age or never even become CEOs. Yet, in the end, they feel accomplished.

We must come to terms with the fact that it’s self-stigmatization to peg success at a certain age. Understanding this does not mean you have to dismiss your dreams to become successful at some age, but a subtle reminder that you are not entirely in control of your future and can make big things happen whenever you deem fit. While we are at liberty to plan our lives, it is not certain that everything will happen exactly the way we’d envisaged them. The actuality of our dreams of the timing is solely God’s to determine.

I know you might fancy owning a bungalow, duplex or twin-flat, a well-paid job, a steady business, a trendy ride, the perfect soulmate and whatnot at a very young age, an age society considers perfect. However, do not kill yourself over these ideals. Pray and work hard to remake your dreams into reality rather than wasting precious time brooding.

Lastly, never forget that the principle of ‘man proposes, God, disposes’ cuts across all aspects of life. It is the explanation of “predestination”. And this is why we mustn’t forget to put God first in whatever we plan. With God in the big picture, we will be more appreciative of our struggles and jubilant when success eventually finds us.


Hamidu Alhasaan is a 100-level student of Medical Laboratory Science.

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