Sunday 17 September 2023



I was thinking this morning..... I had need for a new blazer and decided to go get one from nearby boutiques. I am not talking about the old-fashioned 'coat' but a bespoke blazer. I had gone into a number of shops looking for the perfect colour, cut and size. When the few shown to me fell short of my expectations, I decided to go to Balogun market in Lagos. I was taken to a massive warehouse appropriately called 'Suit Warehouse.' The sheer number of suits in the 6-floors building was intimidating. I kept checking and trying on one blazer after another until I found the perfect one, paid and left satisfied.

As I stepped out of the shop into my car to drive off, I reflected on how finite our time on earth is and how we have just once to live. Why can't we try out 'Lives' and choose the one we want to live? Why was I not given the opportunity to choose what time or era I want to live? Why didn't I have the options to decide what continent I want to live? Why wasn't I shown different parents to decide through whom I should be born? Before another question could brew in my fertile mind, I heard a soft voice say 'Shut up. Life is not a blazer.'

Life is not a blazer that one could try on and make a 'take it or leave it' choice. We only have one shot at life and when, where and by whom is a decision taken on our behalf. Truly, life is not a blazer that you can put on or pull off at will. This life that we all are in, is the only one we'll get a shot at in this realm.

If life is not a blazer, then why does some behave otherwise? I have seen people engage domestic staff (househelp, driver or cook) and misuse, abuse and then dump them like a N2k bend-down-select (okrika) coat. Haba! That life is a precious soul and not a blazer with which you do as you please. I have also seen some persons rent out their lives like cheap articles. In the same way you can rent a wedding gown or suit, that is how some rent their bodies for money. Life is not a blazer.

We have just one life, which we should cherish, care for, protect and make the best of. Life is not a blazer. Hebrews 9:27 says 'it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.'

Stay hopeful. God's got our back.

Happy Sunday!

......Just the thoughts of a certain Wey Mey 

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