By Nadia Ahmadou*
It’s hard to believe it’s been already a year since my last BLF reflection on the passion required to make it through the final stretch of an MA. The last year has gone by rather quickly, and I find myself transitioning once again. The difference this time, is that I’m transitioning in more than one way: not only from being a full time student to returning to the world of the employed, but also from life in Europe back to Africa, and from a wonderful two years on the editorial team of the BLF, to joining the ranks of regular contributors once again.
They say time never stops; time never stays, for anyone and I can only attest to that. Being caught up in the swing of finally submitting my completed thesis, having this thesis accepted, then beginning to prepare for my final exams; while at the same time job hunting, going for interviews and getting the chance of a life time to work in a field I’m passionate about required not only a lot of energy but also faith in my abilities to keep up with all of this. At the same time, staying on track with editing BLF submissions, twice a week, added to this rather hectic mix, all in the same vein as making plans to return to my beloved continent.
As I reflect, there are so many lessons learned, friendships nurtured, others wilted, projects invested in, others set aside; all rich experiences on this tapestry that is life that will stay with me as I move on to this next step in my life. The point I’m making here can better be summed up in this simple Paulo Coelho quote, taken from his Chronicle- Boredom: “Life is in constant evolution on every level, be it social, political or spiritual. In order for people to evolve, they must change.” I would like to add that in addition to changing and evolving, it is important to leave a mark, a seed that will grow and impact not only on one’s life but also on the lives one has the chance to touch.
Has the turmoil of the last year contributed to your evolution? Have you changed? What impact has this had on those around you? Are you planting seeds that will take root or be blown away with the wind? I know I have, and can only hope to continue on as positively for the next year.
“Those who plant endure storms and all the many vicissitudes of the seasons, and they rarely rest. But, unlike a building, a garden never stops growing. And while it requires the gardener’s constant attention, it also allows life for the gardener to be a great adventure. Gardeners always recognize each other because they know that in the history of each plant lies the growth of the whole world.”
Paulo Coelho in Brida.
* Nadia Ahmadou is a regular Bokamoso Leadership Forum Contributor. Read her short biography and previous articles here.