I’ve often been told to be patient, that my turn for all that my heart desires will come and that everything has its time. I’ve heard almost every person say “all in God’s time” and so I waited and waited for my turn until the tears in my eyes burnt intensely.
I waited, because let’s face it; waiting is so much easier than putting in effort and taking risks. I waited because fear is a mother fucker; it penetrated deep into my vulnerable mind, spread all over my common sense and instilled negativity and self-doubt into my head. It introduced words such as DIFFICULT, HARD, IMPOSSIBLE, COMPLICATED AND CHALLENGING into my vocab and then bit by bit, took over my entire life until it had complete power over me; until I was convinced that I’m unable, unsuitable, inadequate and incapable before I even tried.
I waited until my patience ran dry, until I couldn’t wait any longer; I waited until I listened attentively to the late Bob Marley’s inspirational songs which I never really paid attention to back in my teenage years and found myself relating to specific songs because of the messages they entailed. Some of his songs spoke for me when I was feeling cowardly and shy, and expressed my emotions when I was too afraid to let out how I really felt. His music then became my best friend because in it I found advice, inspiration, comfort and joy. In his music I learned more about the good and bad of this world. I found restoration, serenity and satisfaction but most of all, I found that powerful song that woke me up from my deep sleep; the song that encouraged me to stop waiting in vain for my turn- to go out there and live life to the fullest because life can really pass through your fingers like sand grains.
Shit got real, it was like a do or die moment. I mean the legend has spoken so who was I to not listen to him, after he has worked day and night compiling these words of inspiration for all of us? when he took time out of his sleep to create music that spoke volumes, Jamaican rhythms and vocals that blessed, motivated and educated us, awoken love within us and brought nothing but joy and peace to those who valued it? This is one of the artists who will forever be remembered for the valuable contributions and massive talents he has shared with the rest of the world. An artist who was a committed Rastafarian, considered one of the most influential musicians of all time and credited with popularizing reggae music around the world.
When Bob Marley released a track called “WAKE UP AND LIVE”, he didn’t just mean go out there and enjoy life. From my own point of view this song means so much more than waking up every morning with a positive attitude.
This phrase “wake up and live” to me means, be fully present, relevant and alive. It means step out of your comfort zone and push beyond mediocrity and expectations; explore new life changing experiences which brings in personal and intellectual growth; create memorable moments; face life’s hurdles with courage, confidence, and an open mind. It means wake up; for your dream will not become a reality if you don’t live it.
Wake up and share your intelligence with the rest of the world; take chances because right now is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be; wake up with a positive mindset and determination to better yourself and those around you. Make the most of your precious 24 hours, for every minute wasted, can never be recovered. Wake up and escape from negativity, laziness and ignorance and realize your own potential.
So, I woke up and glared deeply into the mirror and realized that my turn will never come if I don’t get out there and make shit happen for myself; I woke up and reminded myself that miracles don’t just happen, that God’s speed is actually my speed for he only helps those who help themselves, he guides you and brings you all the necessary tools and resources, but the rest is entirely up to you.
I woke up because I didn’t want to be one of many that blunder through the world without making any contributions, without fully exploring and discovering my full potential and capabilities, without utilizing every little minute to work towards the betterment of my future. I woke up, because dreams don’t come true, they are made true by consistent action.
Life is one big road with lots of signs.
So when you riding through the ruts, don’t you complicate your mind.
Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy.
Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality.
~ Bob Marley (Wake up and live)
WAKE UP AND LIVE FOR TOMORROW IS NOT GUARANTEED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!