Even if you're in your 30s, you'll probably relate to this post because you were once in your 20s. I feel like this is the perfect blog post after many months of being AWOL!
I have categorized most Nigerians in their 20s under the following headings:
- Those who have their lives figured out
Whether you believe it or not, there are Nigerians in their 20s who can't relate to the midlife crisis. They have a job, or maybe run a business, and everything about their career is seemingly smooth. For those working, they earn six figures, and if it's a business, they're cashing out real big. They probably rose to the top by dint of hard work or leveraged on their parent's success. Most of us wish to be here, but life happens. Congratulations to them, BTW!
- Those who live in self-deceit
Forex is the new oil; Cryptocurrency is life, bla bla bla. No doubt, people make money trading currencies, but we know some others who don't and may never. These haven't seen shingbai, but they claim to have everything in control. They are not making sales in their business, and their paid employment doesn't pay much, but they manage to put up a false smile to convince you that they're fine. Deep down, they need help, but their illusions get the best of them. These ones are irredeemable. Don't advise them, and don't even try to help them because you'll chop insults.
- Those who are confused
I've seen someone go through school and even landed a job, but they can't seem to have a grip on their life. They work for the money and nothing more. They hate their job, yet; there's no plausible alternative. They could be talented and passionate about something but haven't thought of a way to monetize it or put it to good use. It's hard being here because you're in your 20's and the expectations are ridiculously high. You'll be fine.
- Those who have an idea of their future but haven't started yet
Yass! I'm the admin of this WhatsApp group, no caps. We know what we want to do in the future, but we haven't found the right time to start. For me, it's not procrastination; it is preparation. One may ask, how long does it take to prepare? Well, I don't even know, but I'm learning during this waiting stage, so it doesn't lead to mistakes. One is prone to be stagnated in this stage because you never seem to know the right time. While some people say there's never a perfect time, I think otherwise. I must confess that most people here are chronic procrastinators.
- Cruise catchers
The only thing that matters to this category of people is living life to the fullest. They don't give a hoot about what their mates have achieved or plan to execute. Just dash them the money, and they'll blow it up at once. They are indifferent about life and are never prepared for what life throws at them. I should also add that they're perpetually broke because money is never a means to an end but an end itself. I find myself in this category sometimes, especially after realizing that YOLO. But, the ripple effect is devastating. I visited the mall one time and spent a ridiculous amount on chocolates, biscuits, and small chops here and there. When I got home, I realized my body spray and some other cosmetics had finished. The money would have gone a long way to purchase those things but well…my bad financial decisions get the best of me!! Will it happen again? Maybe.
This category of humans can do anything but work. Recommend them for a task, and they flop. Go out and find something to do, no. The only help they want from you is free money and nothing more. They don't have any physical disability that stops them from working, nor are they bereft of creative ideas. They invented the statement, 'I can't come and kill myself.'
- The blamers
For these, it's always their village people pulling them down. They're not successful because of their mistakes, but they'll never accept the blame. If it's not their uncle who doesn't want them to come up to par with his children, it is one older woman somewhere blowing a pot on their head. If the problem isn't spiritual, it has to be physical. Why the hell would an aunty or uncle refuse to sponsor their dreams if they aren't envious of their future? It's annoying, but most of us have been on this table. As a student in uni, I called a close relative to tell him I was broke and needed money for this and that. Guess what? He did agree to send me some money, but it moved me to tears when it hit my account. It was so infinitesimal that I couldn't solve any problem with it. Las las, I subscribed with it, and I couldn't solve the main problem that necessitated the call. But then, we meeuve! I left this group long ago after realizing everyone had their problems to solve.
- The untalented
In Zlatan's voice, "say I wan blow, e no sabi sing." Need I say more? Some others are forcing themselves into a career that doesn't suit them. You no sabi sing yet na musician life dey hungry you. You no sabi sew cloth, but you want your neighbour to trust you with her expensive material. Excuse me, dear, suffer no dey tire you? There's no better time to realign your dreams than now.
Thanks for reading. If you know any category not listed here, please add it in the comment box below. BTW, where do you fall in? If you can relate to this, share it with your friends too. I'll be grateful.
Udo diri gi.
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