This is a continuation of my last post.
So, overall, I had a great year, probably my best yet. Spiritually, I had a great relationship with God, met friends we prayed together. I listened to more sermons, fasted and prayed more than I’ve ever done and saw results like never before. Socially, as introverted as I turned, I met really great people both in the church (CGMi) I joined, my flatmates and even fellow corpers that I’ll forever be bonded with. Financially, I was more prudent and shrewd, as little as the allowance was with no stipend from my PPA, I still saved more and I learnt more to trust God for my needs, I was never stranded, in fact, I had more to give. Emotionally, there were so many moments because I was mostly alone in my room but I did just fine, thanks to good people, good movies and good books. Mentally and Physically, I had a workout regimen which kept me fit, even had to take a break when it was getting too rigorous and affecting my health. Academically, the goal was to study more this one year and build my portfolio and that I did. I finished 2 courses online with both Stanford university and Northwestern university, couldn’t finish the third because I had to start preparation for an exam which I did earlier this month and I passed too. I read a lot of books too, learned and unlearned many things. Travelled (so much people started to question if I was a corper – lol) and to think I had phobia for traveling, Volunteered, met people, tasted new cuisines, and the list goes on.
One advice I gave my brothers that just went for service too is to be purposeful about it. NYSC is about service to the Nation which is also a good platform to learn much as you give back to the Country too, but, only 1 out of 10 people get retained at their PPA, many are underpaid (the data may not be accurate due to the sample size I used but close enough). In my opinion, maximize that one year building and preparing yourself. Acquire the skills you need, get lost and find yourself, try many things but never let it be about serving alone because time really is no respecter of persons (it goes by really fast) and at the end of the one year, what can you say you have to prepare you for the next stage/phase?
I know people who did and achieved even more than I did, so, there are no limits, it all begins with knowing what you want and working towards them. Even if it’s just a goal, set and work towards it, don’t be smitten by what others are doing but what works best for you. I didn’t really set a long list of goals, I sticked to what I want and realistic, challenged myself too and BOOM!
We won’t always have it all figured out but it never hurts to try, trust God and Growth process. Is it all crystal clear? NO. But, sticky palms; Wobbly feet; With my heart in hand, I’ll get through.
Finally, I’m just a grateful heart thanking God for the end of a phase and the assurance of better days ahead.