Happy New year Blogsville! 2014 is finally here-10 days and counting :)!
On my way to work yesterday I was privileged to get "front row seats" to see a fight go down Live. I'm going to break down what I learnt/observed into 5 simple steps on the best way to fight in public
(especially in the new year);
1. Be RESPONSIBLE about it! (For the sake of this analogy I'll call the men involved the offended and the offender). The offended guy was 'responsible' about it. After the initial exchange of words and tussle to all enter the same lane, He waited for the traffic light to turn red and he parked his Keke Napep and got out. LESSON: Even though he was upset he was responsible and obeyed the traffic light (silly right).
(At first, when he got out I assumed he was going to take a leak and I began muttering, with mounting incredulity, the things Naija men do.)
2. Refuse to be INTIMIDATED! The offended guy didn't measure up his opponent before getting out or maybe he did (I've heard people say that its not size/flesh but the 'weight' of ones bones that matter). He just walked up to the other guys Keke and pulled him out by his collar.
LESSON: Believe in yourself...He felt he was Small but Mighty.
(If na me I would have just moved on and ignored the other guy irrespective of how he found my trouble. )
3. Don't GIVE UP! Keep fighting even though you look silly. Keep at it even when onlookers pity you and the merciless torture you are receiving and try to separate the both of you. The offender who obviously caused the katakata in the first place knew he could deal with the smaller guy (i.e. the offended guy) and he went ahead to do just that. He (offender) kept hitting the offended on the ground.
LESSON: Always do your best to finish what you start even at great personal costs.
4. Give it all you've got. Bite hard! Utilize all your weapons which in his case was his tongue. The Offended kept on hulling explosive yoruba insults that were provoking the other guy (offender) to finish up the fight. I should rephrase and say his mouth was his main weapon because aside abusing the guy, he was also biting him.
LESSON: Be offensive and not defensive.
5. Take plenty of RISKS. Only sissies take one risk. You have to take them in bulk! (shebi its cheaper to buy stuff in bulk- wholesale price). He took a risk on his life, his "source of livelihood"- he parked his keke on road where anyone could have hit or stolen it, his "freedom" (the police checkpoint was a few blocks away and he could have been arrested) and his health among other things.
LESSON: I can't write a lesson here with a straight face. Oh well! lets just say the lesson is... don't be limited by the norm especially in risk taking.
I couldn't stay to watch the end of the fight because I was already running late for work and the traffic light suddenly turned Green.... plus I try to pick my battles with WISDOM + knowledge of the powers behind me *wink*
But seriously, this fight was one of those silly, stupid, meaningless fights people get into and lose their lives for no just cause. I was too dazed and upset at the time of the event.
Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves. You lust for what you don’t have and are willing to kill to get it. You want what isn’t yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it.
You wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would you? And why not? Because you know you’d be asking for what you have no right to. You’re spoiled children, each wanting your own way.
James 4:1-3 (The Message)