Being Relevant.

Hello great people,

Allow me to gist you guys some of the things that have being going on around me.

I am a student of the prestigious faculty of law, at the prestigious University of Ibadan. I am also a member of the prestigious youth wing of the Chapel of the Resurrection (the Chapel is prestigious too, but as you should have guessed, I’m tired of the word already!), a.k.a The Youth Forum.

I’m an active member of my fellowship and last year, I was a leader. This year, I’m not so fortunate. When you are a leader, you have more opportunities to impact lives and you, know, be heard. Or so I thought!

I was gisting with my mum some weeks back and telling her that I was no longer a leader in fellowship et all. And the next thing she asked me was, ‘does it mean you have to stop being relevant?’ Note: I wasn’t whining or whingeing. I was just stating a fact. But I guess, being my mother, she sensed the fact that somewhere deep down, I was a bit scared of being discarded.

The word ‘relevant’ means to have ideas that are valuable and useful to people in their lives and their work. In other words, it means that a relevant person is useful and valuable to others and I had to ask myself, ‘how relevant are you?’ I also discovered that being a leader is not worth it if you need the title and office that comes with the position for you to make an impact in someone’s life.

So I made up my mind to continue to be relevant despite the fact that I didn’t have a group of people I was leading. The funny thing is that, leader or not, there will always be some people looking up to you and watching every step you make.

You know that very painful (almost physically painful!) feeling you get when you stay with some people for weeks, months or even years and then when you are not around, you are barely noticed. Or you hear statements like, ‘ wow, I didn’t even notice you were not around!’ Ouch!

Well, let’s just say that I’m going to be doing so much more than I did when I was a leader. And seriously, it’s gonna be so totally worth it.

Ciao, ClandieChi.

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