…is not just a number to me. At least, for this post. I’ll take you back to May 1st, 2015 before I ever felt strongly about discipline.
May 1st, 2015
I decided to give my life more meaning. It was five weeks in the future from the day I relocated to Lagos, Nigeria from Enugu, Nigeria.
I relocated after serving Nigeria (serving Nigeria is me being tongue-in-cheek) for a year.
I relocated almost broke: N100,000 (about $500 then) in bank and N2,500 (about $12.50) in hand.
Other cash I had was stuck in debt of my company I founded in 2013; that debt clung to my throat like a misplaced bone.
Five weeks from the day I relocated, I realized I was not living. So I had to take up a challenge which turned out to be a Writing Challenge.
It was a daily writing challenge for me especially because I figured I wasn’t disciplined as I should be.
So I wrote.
Never broke the chain.
In ill health and otherwise, in good and bad times, I stuck to this personal discipline meter. Name anything, I surmounted all.
Through the process of sticking to this script, I wrote and rewrote my debut:Bank of Deposits, worked three jobs — or four, saved and raised money for publishing Bank of Deposits and did many interesting and (of course), boring stuff.
Mostly, I was making mistakes and learning fast.
March 16th, 2016
Until March 16th, 2016 which ought to mark my 364th post.
I got home late, tired out and all. I said to take a nap but woke at… 00:57.
I was 57 minutes late.
I was startled and amazed but not angry, not sad, not disappointed.
I knew I had achieved what I set out to: discipline.
It was a private thing and not about the likes, shares and comments which I often got in trickles.
Yes, trickles but not to deny that these shows of affirmations didn’t encourage me, they did.
So I smiled at myself, ate dinner and slept off.
That day marked the end of my daily writing challenge and today makes it A Year of Writing (daily) for me.
It’s been such an inspiring and challenging journey and I’m glad I took it. Who knew how far I’d have gone if I didn’t take it up? I don’t know, do you?
While it’s 365, I look forward to other challenges in life:
- Learning French.
- Learning Arabic.
- Learning Chinese.
- Skydiving from 3000ft above sea level.
- Racing the Suzuki Hayabusa on a race track
- … and more.
What challenges have you embarked on in the last one year?