Live Once Before You Die – IDEDE Oseyande
I am sure you might have seen the movie, *The Curious Case of Benjamin Button*. If you haven’t, then try and get it. I don’t want to dwell on Benjamin, who happens to be the main actor. For now, let us look at the Captain of the Boat, “New Orleans”. When young Benjamin started working with the Captain, he noticed the lad’s zeal and enthusiasm with which he carried out his duties. Benjamin was always the first to volunteer when the Captain needs an extra hand. Mind you, though Benjamin was young in age, he had the physique of an old man. So the Captain thought he was an old man.
He wanted to know why Benjamin, despite his “old age” was always enthusiastic about the job. So he called him aside, to have a chat with him. He felt perhaps, being on a boat had been the life dream of Benjamin, and seeing it fulfilled must have been the reason for his enthusiasm. Being a Captain, and living his life on the sea, was not what he had wanted in life. He told Benjamin how he wanted to be an Artist. His voice was laden with sorrowful regret as he narrated how his late father killed his dream of being an Artist.
“This boat business is our family business, and that’s the trade you must inherit”. With those words, the Captain’s fate was sealed by his father.
Most times, parents tend to believe they know better. And as such, compel their children to choose a particular career path. This is the bane of job dissatisfaction, and nonchalant attitude towards one’s duty, as commonly experienced in our society today. At the end of the day, the adult life of the child becomes that of regrets.
Every human being comes to a time in life when he or she would decide what they want to live for. Anything outside that to them brings nothing but regret. They still have this sorrowful feeling somewhere beneath their skin. I understand that some children like Nnamdi Kanu, might choose a path laden with troubles and untimely death, but if that is what he plans to live for, do you really have the right to stop him?
When Jesus was declaring woes on the teachers of his days, he knew they will come for him. He knew he won’t grow grey hair on the path he had chosen. But it was the life he wanted to live and die for. Methuselah was recorded to live for over 969 years, aside from the longevity, what else is he remembered for? But Speak of Jesus, Mohammed, Paul, Gandhi, Luther King Jr, and a host of others; how long did they live? But their impact and legacy had refused to die.
So before you start telling someone to take this path or that; to live life like this, or like that, ask yourself: “do I know what this person wants to live for? Do I know what matters to him?”
Let’s live life in such a way that *our Deaths will never die*.
For at the end of it all, we will only be remembered by what we have done, and not how long we have “existed”.
Have a great day ahead.