14 days

14 days

It was the last day of the 14 day lock-down, the president was addressing the country and he announced that the lock-down would be extended. Another 14 days. Whew! What now? As I sat on my bed watching the news, I had no words. No immediate feelings to what the president had announced. I couldn’t actually feel anything. No emotions, not shock, not fear, not anger. I just sat there staring at the TV. In that moment, I wasn’t worried about the plans I had made, it was all blank. Let’s just say I was confused. Of course, I had seen it coming. The rest of the world just extended their lock-down, there was no way Nigeria would be different. So i just sat there processing all the information.

In my head, I tried to be optimistic. The extension meant more time to train so that when the world opened up again, I would be better, I guess. I had already come up with a plan to train and better myself. I had that plan 14 days ago but I wasn’t serious. This time, I was going to be. I had to be ready when the world opened again. I had to be.

So I took out my notepad and pen and I began to plan for the next two weeks because after the first two weeks, I grudgingly came to the conclusion to start small and work my way up. This is cliche and everyone probably knows this but to achieve a big goal, you must start small. And somehow, even though I have had this talk with myself severally, I still manage ignore everything I know and go crazy. Go big or go home, right? Wrong. Even though, I have refused to hear word, I know the benefits of the small things, I have seen how they help me and I have experienced their advantages.

So in the next 14 days, I’ll be better than I was today. I don’t know about you, but for me, this is the plan…

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