Writing is taxing, intellectually challenging and time-consuming, if one intends to come up with a well-researched and stimulating article. I deem it a great privilege and no mean feat to have had published articles in newspapers, magazines and social media platforms.
Much as it is, I derive immense joy penning my thoughts for public consumption because of the passion I have for the art. Every published article of mine is like giving birth to a new baby after the birth pangs of a mother. Every time I see my name in print, I derive indescribable joy.
More so, I have never earned my living as a writer. I am a writer, a prolific one at that, but not a writer in the strict sense of the word.
Reading and writing are both for me passion and vocation.
It is disheartening to know that some people believe that commentary writing is a sheer waste of time. To them, writing or media advocacy will achieve nothing as many are believed not to read newspapers, watch or listen to our local TV and radio stations.
Some ask, how much are they paying you for all these writings? Yes, I could make do with money, but sincerely speaking, I am not writing for the sake of bread and butter but to share ideas, impart lives and leave behind a legacy.
I sincerely thank those who appreciate me and even my critics, for without criticisms there is no credit. A strong man accepts compliments and criticisms graciously knowing that it takes sun and rain for a flower to grow and glow. Hence, I will not allow the behaviour of others to destroy my inner peace.
To the few people who have stood by me, encouraged and appreciated my writings, and still do, I say a big thank you. I appreciate the management of the newspapers, magazines and social media platforms which I write for for the unique opportunity to use their platforms to ventilate my views.
I say kudos for diligently helping me to dot the ‘i’s and cross the ‘t’s. I am not ungrateful.
More so, while writing my media advocacy in general have given me modest fame, they have not brought me financial fortunes. This is very much against the grain of public opinion that fame equals fortune. One burden I carry as a writer with a measure of name recognition is the incessant demand for money by some of my readers. I have been inundated with requests for financial assistance by many, both the poor and needy. Some through text messages, others through telephone calls while some other mailed me for personal support. Those who do not beg me for money ask me to assist them in getting gainful employment. How I wish I have the capacity and capability to assist them all!
You see, sometimes, it is the one you expect to support that support you the least. Unfortunately not everybody you think is on your side wants to see you win. I will not allow that to kill my drive! Honestly, I get tired of fake people with coward intentions! I struggle because my heart is pure and I don’t understand why some people can’t be authentic!
However, Brendon Burchard quote express my feelings and that has been my lifeline: “Don’t think it is necessary for anyone to understand your dreams or grant permission to begin. Not everyone needs to be on your same ambition line.”
More importantly, no matter what you do, you will always have critics. However, if you mind opposition, you will never rise. Creative mind is always ahead of critical mind.
I leave you with the words of Martin Luther: “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”