Ndifreke Ekott

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20 Dec 2018

Ode To Unsung Heroes

Cheers to those who keep pushing ahead in life. Who keep aspiring for greatness despite the nagging voice that tells you to quit. To give up because it is easier than sustaining this fight. Cheers to those who chase dreams above their current station, who don’t see the future through the lens of this day. Cheers to those who rise and refuse to be put down. Cheers to those who persevere and beat the odds no matter how long it takes. Cheers to those who refuse to be put down by the negativity about us today. Cheers to those who stand tall and yet shoulder responsibilities quietly but grace each day with renewed hope of a better tomorrow. You unsung heroes, uncelebrated veteran. Rise again for another day is yet upon us, dreams to chase, the wind to sail in and hope to water. Rise warriors for glory awaits you on the other side.

The above came to mind while making my way to work on a Thursday morning. I have a 1.5 hours commute to work every weekday and in order to make it to the office on time, I usually need out of the house by 7am (it used to be 6=30am). I know the time isn’t the worse as I know others who have to be out of the house way earlier. But you see I moved form a Job that allowed me to make it to the office for 10 AM and this right now is new for me.

In total, I have 3 to 4 hours of commute from my door to work and back and somedays with a combination of weather, train signal failures and other things going on in my life, I do wish I could change my situation. But despite these thoughts, I do know in order to prepare for a brighter future, I need to put in the time now that I am young and able to. But the emotional toll though, weaving through the erratic crowd of people, getting frustrated at the train stations and facing the winter cold so early in the morning gets to my mood.

I sat back to think of those who have to endure even strenuous commute on a daily basis and I couldn’t help but respect their courage. I am getting used to my commute and I have started using the opportunity to catch up on Netflix, read a book or just listen to soft music to begin my day. After all I am doing this to build a brighter future for myself, family and kids.