Holidays have come and gone!! It’s the first week of resumption and I’m really looking forward to seeing all my colleagues especially now that we’re in senior class. Like we’re the big boys and big girls of Atlas High School. Atlas High School has always been my Alma matter.I’ve been a student since my primary school days. And towards the end of the last session,I was among the student whom the management of the school found worthy of becoming a prefect. So I was given the position of the Assistant Head Boy and my best friend John was made the Head Boy.
“Hey Matto, how far” my friend John greeted me that morning while going to school. John was the only one allowed to call me Matto asides my mom,I always insisted on my name being Matthew and not Matto,but they always win, somehow.
“I’m cool”I replied like a really cool guy.
“I heard about one girl coming to resume senior class with us, they said she’s beautiful and intelligent too, she might just be your good luck charm,who knows?”
“Really! We can be friends if she really is the brainy one”
“Who’s talking about only friends with this one,you better wisen up and get a girl in your life”Now John might be intelligent but he’s far from being calm or cool headed. In fact he’s the apple of every girls eyes in school, even the junior students admire him. He also has this strong muscular build,very tall,brawny and able bodied. A big contrast to what I looked like. How he combines academics, his numerous admirers and the extra curricular activities he takes part in is still a mystery to me but John will always be John,the jack of all trades.
“Well John,you should know me already. I’m not one to partake in those your tricks”I reminded him just in case the holidays made him forget my intention to never date a girl till my University years.
“Na you sabi ohh”He replied already getting tired of our talks.
“Alright.. I’ll catch you later today”. And then we went to our various classes.
After we had finished our morning assembly and getting ready for second period,the teacher introduced Tomi to the class. Yeah,so Tomi was the fine girl John talked about.
And speaking of ‘fine’,she was really pretty especially how she dressed her hair so it fell into ringlets in a very attractive manner. Well,this is not the time to start thinking of any fine girl..Senior exams are just around the corner. So let’s get to business.
Weeks went by,and Tomi and i became really close, always going and returning from school together,since we lived close to each other.I became really attached to her, like who wouldn’t be.She was by far the prettiest girl in senior class, intelligent (hopes to be a doctor) and has a great sense of humor. She was already causing some commotion as i would never stop staring at her. Soon my attraction to tomi became a big distraction in my studies as I was now getting a D or C in chemistry and biology. Whatever happened to being a straight A student?. At home I was spaced out thinking of myself and tomi alone, fantasizing about what our future would look like with each other. I know I shouldn’t be doing this but I’m 16, already in senior class so I should at least be allowed to grow feelings. Well,few weeks later,Tomi shows up in my house, telling stories of how she met this University guy online and how they got along real good,so in a nutshell, they’re now dating. Shattered would be an understatement to how I felt but there’s nothing I could do about it. And did I just hear her say she’s dating a university guy she met online!!!..Wow, that has to be a story for another day. I better go back to my studies since I’ve still got time to rearrange my study schedule so it works for me before the examinations.
Goodbye Feelings,see you when you’re needed. Now the priority is to study hard!!
So many people have goals to achieve or rather things to do,but are totally confused on how to go about them. You hear them say “I have to get a job,and I have to finish school,and I have to get good grades,and I have to learn a trade,do this and that.” Now here,you need to decide what things are most important to you and focus on them. The things we focus on are the things we get, whether good or bad. The pressures that people face on daily basis have them tuning in to what the frequency of the world says. Remember the scriptures teaches us that there’s a time for everything. A time to explore and a time to ignore. A time to focus and a time to allow distractions. A time of pain and a time of gain.
So don’t be overwhelmed by the happenings of this world rather set your priorities right and do it properly. Figure out what’s most important to you. Carry out a strategic plan. Stay true to your plan and avoid distractions. Be honest with yourself and remember that it’s absolutely normal for your priorities to change as your lives and circumstances around you change. When you get to this level, do not think you’ve achieved all, instead Reprioritize.
Don’t get frustrated if you need time to figure out what your priorities are especially if it is not the obvious “study hard as a student”case. With a little more patience,you can set your priorities right and take charge of your life. Remember we don’t drift in good directions,we prioritize and discipline ourselves there. Do this today and expect tremendous results.