ONCE
UPON A TEACHER
Sometimes ago, I made a video call with my sister.
After we had talked, I wanted to see my niece who had recently come into the
world of man and untold possibilities. I had seen her in pictures and the
likes, but not yet in real life and something unexplainable happened when I saw
her in the video call through my phone. It felt like I was there with her,
holding her like my sister did, as she kept saying “say hello to your Aunt” and finally, there it was. A scream, that
probably meant hello in baby’s language. Something leaped inside of me and I
could not help but smile from ear to ear. I was at work and every one close to
me stared at me like I was insane. I ignored them because I knew they didn’t
understand how I felt, and I understood them too because when a friend of mine
would go all psycho about her nephew, I didn’t understand it at first you know,
the way she’d get things for him anytime we went shopping, she would also call
endlessly at some point I wanted to voice my thoughts to her and then I gave up
and decided to just share in her happiness and endless excitement. Right then,
I understand each excitement, the rush of emotions, the need to want to just
always be around him or her, the feeling to just protect their innocence, and
meet every of their needs even before they think it’s a need. I must confess
it’s a never ending rhythm of excitement and joy moving through your veins,
your heart leaping from its chambers, giving a fresh meaning to existence. I
still smile thinking about it.
Many times, we go through life with challenges
threatening our excitement. Trying to complete the rat race, and life ends up
passing us because we forget to live, we forget to find happiness in the most
abstract of things.
Let
nothing steal your joy or compete with it, because that’s the strength used in
completing the race and trust me, you weren’t made to just run but also fly. So
flying is inevitable when our joy is intact.

Blossom obi is a
writer and a public speaker, from Imo state Oru East LGA, in the eastern part
of Nigeria. She was born and raised in city of Lagos. Writing has always been
second nature to her, having written several write ups, poems and articles
online. She is the author of ‘The Broken
Woman’,
a series article written to help women who go through challenges
from family, health, relationships amongst others, giving them a sense of hope
as well as transforming whatever situation they find themselves as they become
better versions of themselves. She is also the founder of blossomobiblog.com.ng
and the founder of True Women Foundation.

Oluwole Olusanya
Oluwole Olusanya is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the fastest-growing lifestyle and entertainment website in the country. He is a banker, writer, blogger, public affairs analyst and a tax consultant. He anchors Trending Topics on SHEFFA where he shares his thoughts and opinions on trending issues. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of South Wales, Wales, United Kingdom. He has diplomas in Banking and Finance, Investigative Journalism, Creative Writing, and Linguistics from Lagos State Polytechnic, Isolo, Lagos, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.