“Las las, we go dey alright!” – the catch phrase that the typical Nigerian student says when he/she is half-choked with school stress, but believes that he/she will scale through alive.
It is no news that depression is on a daily rise in Nigeria. According to the World Health Organisation, there are 7 million victims of depression in Nigeria (Orji, 2018). It is no respecter of age, gender, occupation or situation. It creeps slowly into one’s mind, builds on its foundation and blooms fully into the mental illness it is. It gives you reasons to ask why you still breathe and brings death on a silver platter to you. DEATH! A better option?
Alas! You killed yourself. Did it bring that sweet smile that you have longed for all your life? Suicide is no better option, but the worst there is. Best believe that you are valuable; do not rush to the finish line before your purpose is fully achieved in this world. Run your race steadily; enjoy the process.
Furthermore, failure should never be the major determinant as to how one’s life should be. It should never be a MURDERER. Rather, it should be seen as the springing force back to success; the second chance to right one’s wrongs. It hurts to know that Ebiweni Uzakah, a third year medical student of the Niger Delta University, drowned himself in the Amassoma River on the 21st of May, 2019 due to the FAILURE of his examinations. This occurred after he was advised to withdraw from the university as he could no longer proceed further in his studies in Medicine and Surgery (Nkemakolem, 2019). Because he could not achieve his dream now did not mean there was no brighter path for him in the future. There’s definitely more to life than Medicine and Surgery.
There is a lot more you can explore while in school apart from school work. You can participate in activities that will shape you to become a better and more fulfilled person and help you ward off school stress. Your mental health is definitely as important as your physical health. You should not neglect your talents, desist from developing your skills or doing the things that give you joy because of school. Extra-curriculars matter too.
So play that sport enthusiastically, walk majestically on that runway, be that prolific writer, sing that song from your heart, give back to the community and be that exemplary leader you have always wanted to be. Basically, live every day like it was your last.
Because there is no reason to smile today does not mean there will not be a reason to smile tomorrow. There’s more to life than failures. So pick up your broken pieces and remould them into a masterpiece.
“There are many meanders in life. The moment you allow them sway you from side to side, you will fall, but never forget that you still have a chance to get back UP!