This week I have been under the weather that I could have been easily forgiven by those around me for missing my weekly post. But just like football teaches you, when you start a game and your formation doesn’t work—a good coach rallies his team and changes the formation. So this was not what I planned to write of course (no right-thinking person plans to get sick and blogs about it!) but I believe in adaptability. This week I didn’t see any Champions League game neither did I have the desire to! Indeed, there are things more important than football….
Like I do every other week, I always have a list of to-dos that I try to follow—something I also call my line up or formation for the week—some soccer buffs would easily understand. Although my body had been showing some signs of frailty since last week, I took it for granted that I would easily recover—I took some Paracetamol tablets and thought I’ll be fine. But like the expression of those bad tabloids who like sensationalizing bad news, trouble started when I tried to open my laptop (Hmm. I didn’t know I was a laptop addict until this week.) and do a few things on Monday morning. I think I managed to send my daily post on my new book’s Facebook page, What Football Teaches About Life which I still pulled off throughout the week in spite of everything. Afterwards, I felt this pang hit me like a spell in Nollywood movies (Ghen Ghen!) and it was this excruciating headache pounding my head away like Israeli airplanes did to the structures of Lebanon some years back. Ok, I have to withdraw from this game I said to myself because it was so unbearable. I never knew that that was just the beginning— my second leaf from Nollywood. I shut down my laptop in my office and tried to catch some sleep (on Monday morning!) but instead of the headache to abate, it grew worse and even came with body temperature, cold and general feverish conditions. I got some drugs but I still haven’t totally recovered from the illness since that time and was only able to go out twice from that time. Needless to say that I feel hush agony—like a football player who is missing out on a final due to injury or even illness!
Sometimes, I will try to trick my body into doing something constructive—because if you are not a billionaire yet and don’t have your money deputizing for you in diverse places, you shouldn’t have any reason to be reclining on your bed during week days! But that was what I was doing and was being nursed by my mum—thank God for mothers! The more I tried to do anything—the more a flurry of pains would assail me—It was like a cop arresting a bandit and saying, “Common give it up man.” I knew I had to “cooperate” if I want to get out of this anytime soon! As frustrating as this week has been for me, I think I’ve learnt something from my down time and I’ll just share them with you.
- Cherish the time that you have now and make it count: we all tend to have this feeling that things will always be the same. I will always have passion for football or pursue that business idea anytime I am ready. But antecedents in life suggests otherwise. Things could easily spiral out of your control and you may not have all the time you have today—you may not be as energetic as you are now. Let’s not assume that it would always be business as usual. Let’s be economical with the time we have and use it wisely.
- Don’t overwork yourself because your body won’t take it anyways: Yes, this refers to me—Mr. Laptop. It was so bad that I couldn’t sleep—thoughts of me opening my laptop dominated my head! I didn’t have time to do research (remember I’m still not “match fit”) but there are well documented evidences that show that these gadgets we relate with every day oozes radioactive emissions that could be inimical to our health. I think we should go easy on them. Yours may not be laptop but you know where you stretch yourself physiologically. Watch it because if you break down… life would still go on! So take time out—go to the movies, or isi-ewu joint (I wonder how that could be a means of relaxation though!), or just anywhere—maybe not anywhere now, but where you can relax responsibly!
- Finally be grateful: Every domain seems to emphasize this—whether believers or non-believers. For non-believers, they’ll say be grateful—pick up a stone in the morning and thank the universe for what you have. Religious folks too would emphasize being grateful to God for all you have. I mean, this week I couldn’t even think! Now, I can’t wait to get my health back and I won’t trade it for anything. Yes, a good player may not score a goal today, or go through a spell of drought, but with a winning mentality and a positive mental attitude, they are usually able to overcome that bad spell. In other words, be grateful for the things you are able to achieve and don’t sweat the other things that are not in place yet. In time, everything will be fine. And Guess what?—I still blogged this week and I’m grateful for that!
O.P. Philips is a freelance writer/entrepreneur. He is the author of The “OBAMA” in You! His new book, “What Football Teaches About Life” will be released soon.