In-between… and other things

The In-between

Life is not all moments of honor. Most times, there are no spotlights, no paparazzi or yelling crowds. No, you’re not necessarily working on something big. Sometimes, that big project you anticipated to be successful will not come through. So it’s just you, and your active imagination. What do you do at these times? How to you keep from being frustrated?

“The journey is as important as the destination.”

It’s easy to think that the quality of an excellent life is measured by the number of big things you accomplish and it’s easy to join a wagon of people who are trying to accomplish something while missing life in the process. There are moments I call the in-between, where there is no noise, but just you, doing your thing. If you find yourself breezing through life like lightning bolt, waiting for the next big thing, you might just be missing the whole point of a life of purpose.

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The in-between is the bridge between the last big thing and the next. You don’t wait out the time, you invest in the future you want to see. But many people, who’d rather bask constantly in the spotlight, would almost throw a fit or pass most days frustrated because nothing big is happening.

The journey

“The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for.”
-Louis L’Amour

Honestly, the journey is the purpose. Do not travel too fast or you will miss the real thing you are traveling for. The in-between period is time to calm your heart, and live daily life in full. Peel off your sheets every morning excited to look for the divine in the mundane. Enjoy solitude, hone your craft, then get out and form meaningful relationships that may not immediately yield financial rewards. Its okay to fill your creative bank account, engage in side projects and community service. Go to work, study your books and explore the beauty of God’s creation in nature.

Often times, the in-between phases consist days of humility. You will be required to remember that when your peers seem to bag achievements in their life endeavors while you feel like you are stuck in a rut, your life is not a competition with anyone else’s but a race to achieve purpose as your maker intended for you.

And, heads up – after humility comes honor!

“Before his downfall a person’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.”
– Proverbs 18:12

This passage above has bugged me. So much that I wrote it down, and thought hard and long about what it meant to me. I’m still thinking about it and trusting the father to help me remain prone before him through the in-between times and the spotlight moments. Since my last post about the practice of diligence and consistency, I took my own advice and revived some long over due projects and began to take consistent and daily practice of my craft very seriously.

The painting

I painted the quote from the scripture as a reminder to always remain humble. it has received quite an attention on Instagram and also a request for the design to be printed on a shirt. I’m thinking about it and will let you know where that goes.

It’s not been easy, with the demands of graduate school, social commitments and general life but I am motivated to continue this streak. I have a huge community I am accountable to and do not want to fail them.

Current Projects

The #inktober creative inking challenge inspired me to make consistent illustrative projects I will be sharing on my instagram. I do not always follow the designated prompts  but I try to draw what inspires me every day. Check it out @studio1352 to share my progress.
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: I’m working on an expanded edition of my first published book, Donut. More details as I draw out a plan and works towards release probably very early in 2019.
Joyride: A graphic novel project I’m working on with a friend in development.
GrandHeights Initiative: Wait for it.

Very soon, I will be sharing exciting details on projects I am working on. For now, I will let you go ruminate on what you just read. Shoot me a comment if you’d like to share.

Cheers,

Toluwanimi

Nudging on like a nomad… err, kind of.

I’ve been away from this blog for a long time. Little did I know, when I wrote the previous article on Productivity for 2018, that I was about to take a journey of my own through the icy winters of introspection. Thankfully, it’s warming up in here.

The Beginning

I remember when I typed my first story, not when I fell in love with words. It seems like yesterday, but it’s not.

Fourteen summers ago, I learned to use the computer. I had written a lot before then, but that year was when I was first introduced to the microsoft word and (yes!) the legendary comic sans font. My story, one good turn deserves another, was an adaptation of the Biblical “good Samaritan” parable, with the wounded traveler coincidentally given the opportunity to bless the “good Samaritan” at a later time.

I was privileged to attend primary school with kids who had wealthy parents from whom I was exposed to many foreign-authored books, my favorites being books by Enid Blyton and R.L. Stine. Though I never traveled out of Nigeria until my twenties, I dreamed of marshmallows, lemonades and kids club houses. I also read my ample share of African works like Sugar girl, Mother’s Choice, Tunde on the run, Without a silver spoon, Arrow of God, Bottled Leopard, The virtuous woman, Things fall apart, The incorruptible judge, Too cold for comfort, The passport of Mallam Ilia… (I really feel nostalgic right now). I sincerely think I read every book my young self could lay hands upon.

Saying I enjoyed (I still do!) stories is an understatement.

“The Lord gave the word: great is the company of those that published it.” Psalm 68:11 KJV

As I read, I wrote. I created worlds in my mind, then painted them on paper. I did some folk tales, romance (yes!), sci-fi and detective stories, many of which have been lost to time. I enrolled in writing competitions and joined the young writers club fresh out of primary school. When I found msword (as we called it), I was glued but not in destructive ways. It was years before the diffusion of the communication pathways. Connection was not nearly seamless as it has been made today by the internet, electronic devices and social media. We didn’t have a PC at home so the only way to share my story was to print it out and physically distribute. So, Yes, I did print out stories and articles and share with people at church and school.

Journey to Publication

I looked onto publication early in life but didn’t know how to go about it. Self-publishing was not a new concept in Nigeria, and except for landing a deal with traditional educational publishers like Macmillian, Spectrum, Evans, University Press and Heineman, anyone who wanted to be an author just wrote and printed it at a press. I saw many of these independent authors with great story concepts churn out subpar books due to careless editing, typos and poor design, a far cry from the foreign standards I adored. Though it would be many years before I published my first book, Donut, I can say it pleasantly surprised a lot of critics.

My introduction to the world of computer design followed a similar framework. I loved to draw and I was good at it. My earliest fascination was the Marvel Superhero Universe and the Herge’s Adventures of Tin Tin issues. I created heroes, drew comics, and made paper crafts until the summer of 2005 when I attended a month-long training in graphic design while waiting to transfer to a public senior school. I was naturally excited about the electronic art media form, hence my journey into graphic design and publishing. It was glaring that the intersection of my literary and artistic interest were not a coincidence and passion for a fulfilling life had found a medium to blossom.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm‬ ‭32:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Life has always been to me an adventure on an uncharted terrain and I have been guided on this journey of dutiful delights, even when I didn’t realize it.

Over time, as the internet connected the world, I was able to follow many acclaimed writers, designers and artists’ journeys through their blogs and correspondence. I wanted to write words that struck chords in readers hearts, so I looked up authors that were currently where I wanted to be. I learned a lot by reading and browsing in cyber cafes before I got any personal devices. As I wrote for periodicals, served on editorial boards, entered and won contests, blogged on and off, I steadily grew with this passion. I have written two books (one print and one online), published a handful of authors through Studio 13:52; and there are WIPs and many more ideas in the warmer.

I started Studio 13:52 because I wanted to make a statement that quality can be done in resource-limited environment, and to help authors and creatives give quality output to their message. Project after project, I am convinced that if we can focus on doing our creative best, we will thrive.

I have also started projects that have failed (for many reasons), but I have not backed down. I have rushed some decisions and stalled at other crossroads but I am encouraged by the trail blazers who have experienced life in different places (good and bad) and pulled through, reinventing or realizing themselves in the process. I know that those who are able to continue moving forward are those who refuse to give up.

Over the last two years, I feel my creative life has slowed. I don’t want to say much about it now, because I’m still gleaning on my silent phase. But I know that I still need to learn a lot about writing, art, the business of creativity and how to live with creative passion as life happens.

The Bridge

The fruits of transformative creativity is bigger than any one of its creators, however, it draws deeply from the wells of the creator’s life.

My creative journey has been hard, fraught with struggles with resistance, fear and self-doubt. The indiscipline of passion has also made it a long arduous road. However, I am glad because I am still here – renewing my learning and doing creed, and reopening the windows to the vistas afroeseen. With a prayer, deep love for the creative life, a functuional tribe and God’s big backing, I will step on water again and feel my heart beat again.

The lessons

Sometimes, the hard thing is not finding new ideas, but to fall out of love with the old idea.

Growing up, I had a lot of ideas. As I grew older, I could not get one pinned down. At some point, I was beginning to think I had ADD. I am not getting much done as I would love to due to lack of focus. And as an unknown source says, “if you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”

I realize that I have been beating the air in many ways, trying to learn all I can, and building my portfolio to include all possible creative interests. I have been listening to tons of podcasts, reading many blog articles, books on many subjects that interest me and I have come up with one problem – I am overwhelmed.

My voracious and absentminded consumption has shifted my attention away from focusing on creating. I need to slow down. I need to focus on one single thing and build it for a long time. I need to collaborate with people and allow their expertise to fuel my life as we create together. From here on now, I am quitting the non-specific learning race. I am focusing on being one thing.

While I have learned to visit creative spaces like the library and museums more consistently to interact with inspiration from my world, I am learning to stay indoor intentionally and create!

This is time to focus.

The Next steps

The eatyourdonut blog will be put on hiatus for a while – until it is time for the next Donut-related project which will likely be an expanded edition of Donut. Meanwhile, a follow-up Initiative launches soon and I’m so excited about it!

My life is becoming simpler – and you can be sure that when I am not studying, working or spending time with family or friends, or collaborating with people to create wonderful things, I will be here, blogging about life, purpose and creaivity.

New Beginnings

Creativity to me is a tool for transformation, which works its way into the human soul, shapes perspectives and influences action in a way no other medium can.

I am a Missionary Creative. I love to write. I love to create beautiful things and help others do the same. I love to creative transformative work which will help others learn about and live a fulfilling and purposeful Life. To Connect. Learn. Grow. Shine.

My hiatus is ending and I am nudging on, to the next big thing.

So watch out!

Cheers,

Toluwanimi

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Take your work seriously! (The principle of Creative Diligence)

Hi dear readers!

I’m especially excited to be sharing this post today. It has sat in my blog drafts for months because the post wasn’t ripe yet, but the recent turn of events in my life has spurred me to reopen this muse.

I am so passionate about this principle I am learning every day and I think you need to see this, especially if you consider yourself to be a creative. This article is a little lengthy but I assure you – it’s worth reading to the end.

My post is not an attack on the wonderful professions of medicine, law, engineering, economics and many more which have immensely contributed to the progress in our world today – and professionals will continue to break grounds. So, if you are very passionate about your professional or conventional path, this post is not for you. However, you are welcome to glean the principle for application in any area of your life.

My post is tailored to the innate creative who is stuck in the stereotype.

If you consider yourself to be a creative in thought or in practice – if wonderful ideas daily tug your mind seams and threaten to burst forth, if your hands are tremulous until you have penned down those lines of prose or those sketches, if you have been misunderstood by family and friends and repeatedly accused of daydreaming or being unserious, this post is for you.

You don’t have to think long or hard before you realize that every aspect of daily living thrives on creativity. We all have, time and again, benefited immensely from the imagination of creatives – from writers, artists, broadcasters, podcasters, musicians, movie producers, photographers, publishers, writers, audiovisual content creators to app developers/programmers, video game creators, animators, scientific innovators and tech gurus. Yet, the age-old conventional stereotypes have classified these pursuits in many people’s hearts as mere hobbies or at best side-gigs.

Growing up in Nigeria, I can authoritatively say that one of the surest point of parent-teen tension is when the JAMB* forms are about to be filled. Chances are higher that the typical parent will be more delighted to hear the child has chosen to be a doctor rather than a creative designer, and a few teens have, sadly, had guardians stand over their shoulder as they filled the forms so they would pick their parents unfulfilled dreams.

Very little has changed over the years, as many people feel that the professional careers, while difficult, promises financial security upon graduation. I agree. The admission requirements into college for “professional” disciplines are stringent and the competition remains record high. I also agree – I went to Medical School! The discipline exerted by the professors, the structure of the discipline, the rigors of the long years of study and the importance of the subject of the discipline (human life in Medicine for example) makes the professions very noble. I agree.

On the flip side, many perceive the creative path to be flippant, not requiring diligence and surely not noble enough to be a career path or a full-time thing. For parents who fear for their children, you will have a hard time convincing them that art is more than a childhood hobby, possibly because it is usually associated with beauty, intrigue, exhilaration, its results appeal to the soul and seems to be mostly enjoyable to the consumer, and the creators seems to be having a fun time creating, they conclude that the process should not require diligence.

Somehow, I think this mindset has slowly crept into the minds of creatives and non-conventional people like me that we seem to be complacent and submit ourselves to the cage of stereotype. We are not taking our creative crafts as seriously as we should and we feel very ashamed about it among family and friends.

We believe the lie that it’s just a hobby. Come off it, creative one!

Statistics show that the creative industry is a major driver for economic growth. In America for example, the creative industry contributed $698 billion to the nation’s economy and 4.7 million jobs (a 2015 report of the the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts). I can only assume that many other countries have similar data.

Think about an area of your daily life where the creative industry is not relevant? A “special” area that creativity cannot help? I’d like to see your findings in the comments below.

The myth of the starving artist is over (thank you Jeff Goins for that!) Certainly, the myth of the “unserious” is past due too. Now is time to wake up, hone your craft, launch your dream and bring beauty and impact to our world with the power of your trans-formative creativity. The potential of your creativity is only limited to the extent of your imagination and tenacity of your diligence.

The creative industry wields so much power and it requires diligence! The creative path is more self-directed as opposed to the profession, but it doesn’t take away an ounce of diligence required to thrive and create beautiful work. In fact, it should inform it.

A doctor, lawyer or any other professional will always be respected and at least be able to pay the bills but I will dare say that what makes these career paths prestigious is the thoroughness that is constructed within the fabric of training and the impact these professions have on the world.

And Creativity has that! SURELY.

I have heard of families torn apart by a promising child’s revelation that he wants to go into some form of creative industry. I feel the pain writers go through to conceptualize the many ideas that brims into overflow in their wild minds. I see the disappointment in the faces of parents when their children take on a paintbrush rather than a scalpel, and the colicky pain that surges though the hearts of a misunderstood creative.

Do you say that a writer, artist or musician (or whatever kind of creative you are) has no impact or is less important in our world?

I don’t think so.

Rather, I opine that not many unconventional people have given due diligence to pursue their paths with dignity so the society does not see it. We do not take ourselves seriously so the world emulates us!

Here, I speak to you, creative one. Gone are the days of waiting for inspiration and complacency on talent. Tim Notke is spot-on when he says that “hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard.”

Take your creative work as seriously as a physician would take his procedures and patients or an attorney will take her depositions or court hearings…

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.

You may not be a street sweeper but Martin Luther King Jnr has you covered when he says that “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

If you’re called to be a writer, painter, artist, musician, or minister (yes, this applies to spiritual ministers too) in any aspect, you must realize that your generation needs you as much as it needs the doctors, engineers, lawyers and other professionals. So, the least you can do is to dignify your strategic societal position by pursuing your path not like a hobby but with much diligence and thoroughness as a conventional professional would.

Even though there are fewer formal options of training, take your calling serious, study and learn all you can from the best mentors you can find. Spend un-clocked hours honing your craft and chart paths for posterity. Show up to work even when you aren’t inspired and Sit under the Muse till wonderful ideas drop in your spirit.

Creativity is tagged unconventional for a reason – Learn to chart the trail and set your milestones as you go.

When you become an authority in this, doctors will pay to view your exhibitions. Your books will touch millions and cross more borders than you will. Lawyers will use your words as anecdotes. Engineers will pay to listen to you. Intelligent Business school graduates will queue to apply for positions at your successful start-up. Professionals will sit under your voice and listen to you deliver counsel and your compositions will sanitize the most insane minds.

“Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.” Proverbs 22:29

If you give due diligence in your work, you will stand tall among peers and kings and command confidence.

Please, carry your calling with dignity and you will see what fulfillment lies in a job well done!

You are important. The world needs you!

Cheers,

Toluwanimi

P.S. If this post does not make sense to you, then you are conventional, but it’s okay! But at least, you can be diligent in whatever path your life will take and you MUST respect the unconventional people in your life.

*JAMB – former name of the University entry exam in my home country, Nigeria.

Milestone update

Hello.

Recently, as I checked through a project-funding website, I observed that the highest funding was available for people who wanted to do any stuff other than Christian projects.

Here is a sample of my findings from the website’s homepage: I will keep the details covert, but this is a real! [Donation in dollars]

  • A Phone mount [more like a phone holder] project got 253 backers and a 4 digit monetary donation
  • A movie theatre project got 53 backers and a 5 digit donation.
  • A geographical magazine project got 1467 backers and a 5 digit monetary goal.
  • A music album project got 807 backers and 5 digit support.
  • A video game got 18,520 backers and got an outstanding 6 digit funding!
  • A gospel book project got 9 backers and a 3 digit donation – less than the budgeted cost.
  • Even an art book whose budget was originally 4 digit got a 5 digit monetary support. I couldn’t stay too long on the page because the pictures were of semi-nude females. What an art book – but people loved it and supported it!

[tip – 6 digit support is like 600,000 dollars]

I discovered that more people supported projects that had to do with things that appeal to the natural everyday life, like phone jackets, music album, cinema, leisure, food and business.

Only very few had it in mind to back up the Gospel’s Propagation. Maybe they postponed it or were sceptical of authenticity. Or maybe the gospel didn’t provide an instant gratification. Or what?

I flipped through the succeeding pages of the website and other categories of project, thinking I would get better results, but before long, I discovered the best way to spot anything that had to do with Christ was to check the least funded and least backed project – I found one with as many as only 4 backers.

I wish it wasn’t true, but it is strikingly true.

I know, this is not a surprising discovery, but it’s sad. I’ve been involved in fund raising for programmes before. The top notch companies prefer to heavily support dance programmes, night clubs, and parties; but educative magazines, gospel events and charity causes receive little attention. Some proposals never go beyond the receptionist.

“But why is this,” I thought.

I could not get an answer other than ‘these people know what they cherish and they support it’. And for that, I do not blame them. You really do not expect an organization that does not believe in God or does not care about spirituality to support a crusade or a gospel event.

But here comes my point: what are the Christians doing? The Christians that the Lord has blessed with this resources, where are they?

Even churches prefer to embark on a business project, a bus purchase or a school rather than give to missions [yes! a church]. People pay to use buses for events. Students pay school fees, you know. There is a return for the investment. A visible return.

But in missions, there is a reward that far outweighs the transient one we so much reach for. But it’s invisible. You don’t get to see the joy in the boy who goes to school because you paid his school fees. You don’t get to see that one teenage pregnancy that was avoided by getting a free book on God’s gospel of hope to that little girl. You don’t get to see the exponential effect of the many silent services we render to God. But they are all recorded in heaven.

Anyway, this is the thought that crossed my mind as I wrote this piece. It gnaws at my heart, tugs me daily and says to me: when do we begin to support the Lord’s cause so His work be done.

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#supportDonut

Freely contact me on joshuababarinde@gmail.com or learn more about the book by visiting http://www.eatyourdonut.wordpress.com

 

Cheers,

Toluwanimi

Open Up!

We wanted to take our bath that Saturday morning but it felt awkward having to take our baths together. As we stared at ourselves in the ceramic bathtub, the unspoken words between my cousin and I were loud and clear.

No one wanted to remove his pants first.

Just about turning thirteen at that time, we were two young boys crazy about the new crop of pubic hair just beginning to sprout. It was private matter, not ‘public’ hair.

But my aunty didn’t understand that. She just prepared warm water in a single pail and closed the door behind her. She didn’t know that these boys were no longer small boys – thirteen years wasn’t a joke.

“What are they covering, let them bath together.” She must have thought.

Minutes passed and no one moved.

Finally, we reached a compromise: we agreed to pull down our pants at the same time – at the count of three.

One. Two. Three.

Down the covering went and I guess we must have giggled in the process. But, I can remember it wasn’t so embarrassing after all… we didn’t feel exposed. We were boys.

I think of this when I remember Jesus telling us to “Open up to Me.”

Well, not literarily, but what of when Jesus says “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly”? [Matt 11:28-30]

It sounds to me like “Come to me and open up. I will not despise you. I will help you.”

When Jesus says come with me, he means open yourself to me. Let me help you.

There’s a high chance that you are like me: I had a crop of pubic hair to cover. You have dark pasts and present personal struggles, so bad that it’s shameful to speak of it in the open.

Opening up may sound like exposure. But it’s not shameful afterall. He knows our thoughts, our secrets and shameful details our lives. Those acts we would rather cover up.

But he wants to take these details upon himself and liberate us. God who knows the end from the beginning isn’t myopic in perspective. He chooses to see what He wants to make us and then works in us to get us there.

He will take us from where we are and help us work our way up. At the end of yourself is the beginning of God’s grace [Phil 2:13]

Surprisingly, it’s not shame you feel when you open up. Rather he wraps us with mercy and love and teaches us the way to go. Ps 32:8

Open up and be helped.

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Have a wonderful week,

Toluwanimi

Introducing ‘The Donut Project 2014’

Hello everyone!

This is a message every young person needs to hear. Take a break. Pause and consider this before you move on with your life; before you take your next decision. This message will determine what you will make of the rest of your life. Whatever your reaction is to the message, it will affect you. It will touch you and grip you by your broken point and touch that sensitive part of your make-up!

It’s the story of the ring Donut.

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Can you describe this lip-licking picture- what does this look like?

Well, if you said it is a box of ring donuts – round, puffy, glazed with ice toppings and chocolate spread or coconut crusts and candy streaks, you are right. It’s probably hot and freshly baked.

Hanson Gregory is referred to as the American inventor of the ring donut. The 16-year old sailor at that time disliked the raw centre of regular donuts so he invented the ringed donut by creating a hole with a tin pepperbox. No more raw-core donuts.

But then, he also helped illustrate the world’s most important question, which I did not mention in my description – It has a hole in the centre. Round, puffy, glazed with ice toppings and chocolate spread or coconut crusts. Hot freshly baked…

BUT has a hole in the centre!

Imagine a boy [or girl] like that – who has all he could ever ask for in life – wealth, beauty, intelligence, ideas… that chap will be the coolest guy on the block. But if he has got a hole at the centre of his heart, it’s really not worth it!

Sad story is – MOST YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY ARE GOING ABOUT THE STREETS WITH A HOLE AT THE CENTRE OF THEIR HEARTS, A LARGE GAP AT THE CORE OF THEIR BEING.

Looking Inwards

The teen years are like a trip down a hallway lined with doors. Behind each door lurks a temptation. Drugs, alcohol, sex outside marriage, and many others. Those doors used to be open only a crack. Today, they’ve been taken off their hinges. As you move into your teen years, to high school and beyond, you will walk down that hallway. Temptations will glitter and sparkle from all sides. The doors don’t carry signs that warn you of the consequences of the temptation, which can change your life in an instant and forever. You will have to choose whether to walk into the rooms, or with God’s help, to resist and walk straight down the hallway.

– Katherine Winkler 

Today’s teenagers are so… well, how would you describe them anyway. I’m just 22 but I feel like 50 in terms of the gap between my era and the blossoming generation of teens.

Seriously, there is a huge difference in the challenges and peculiarities of teenagers today. The internet was not much of a big deal in my teenage years. We weren’t that exposed to technology that was still in its formative stages in Nigeria anyway. Life was paced slower – and you didn’t have as much freedom to do whatever you liked. There was guidance from an elder on what to do. You really didn’t have to question what elders told you about life – they were right for the most part.

Not now! The lid has been flung off – there’s so much information and freedom of choice that we often leave truth aside. Parents are no longer at home with the children – they are on the rat race to put food on the table.

You know how it is now – even the primary school kid has an android – information is at your fingertips. Every young person wants to be on TV or at least wants to be a star. Fashion, sex, and money are topics not whispered anymore. It’s everywhere in the media and the young people are glaring at it.

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But then, this is great! It’s great to be strong and to want to make an impact.

Knowledge, technology and freedom by far brings out the best in young people. The internet has made it easy for teens to be heard. But then, it’s also bringing out our worst. It’s influencing us more negatively than positively. It’s making us dummies at heart – devoid of truth.

In my days [I’m not that old], we did more of outdoor games. We related with peers on a face-to-face basis. We understood what it meant to sweat and get our hands covered in dirt and happiness and to run upstairs to wash up and clean up the house when Dad honks as the car approaches. He didn’t want us to play ball always.

In my time [some years ago anyway] TV programmes were censored. We had limited channels and even more limited access to those – not that there wasn’t pornography or nudity or all those vices, but it’s now thrown open in the street – on every billboard, every movie screen, every internet page, and every fashion fad.

Teenage pregnancy was a big deal then because we had just few cases. Now, there’s no shame in it anymore. More teenagers are getting involved in sex as lesser ages – and they know how to conceal it from their parents.

If only we could realize that this freedom is boring a large hole at the core of our being. While it’s glazing us all up and making us ‘tusher’, it’s making us like ringed donuts – puffy, glazed and iced on the outside but empty at the core!

Young people take pride in their strength, but the gray hairs of wisdom are even more beautiful.

 – Pro 20:29 CEV

Teenage life is the best of all – it is the period of your strength. You can do all you want to do! You can achieve big things with your life you can dream big and go to work to make it a reality. Don’t waste the energy on the empty life.

Let me share a bit of my insights with you so that you can at least weigh the pros and cons of this great life ahead of you and make a right choice!

Technology and globalization has by far brought out the best in us. Let’s not allow it to make us worse.

Emptiness and Evil has been painted colourful these days. Peer pressure, Sex, Drugs, Rebellion, romance. We faced these too, but then, you are facing a gamut of other things.

I feel for you, friends!

A lesson from the Megaloblast.

I happen to be a medical student and I glean many life lessons from school. Folic acid and Vitamin B12 are essential to red blood cell production. In the deficiency of these substances in our bodies, the red cell nuclei development is impaired. While the red cell cytoplasm grows, its genetic maturation isn’t so upbeat. Megaloblastic Anaemia means the red cells show delayed nuclear and functional maturation relative to cytoplasm due to defective DNA synthesis.

In essence, the red cell [megaloblast] is puffy outside, but defective at the core. So it can’t function and survive as it should. You know, megaloblasts are like ring donuts. They are puffy, glazed, iced but have a hole at their centre – empty at the core.

Young people are energetic and committed to what they love. I’m sure you want your life to make meaning… but then, the world today has found a way to always squeeze us into the mold of materialism and instant gratification.

We have been made to believe that young people are clueless about life. I agree that most young people are actually clueless. But I have also always seen young people being used by God in the Bible.

So the disadvantage is not the young age, but the godlessness – the depravity of our world that has eaten deeply into the crevices of our being. We get the stuffs, but within, we are sad and pressed behind. The media thinks we are no good so it paints a picture of what we should be – slim, lazy, crazy!

That is why I’m launching the Donut Project – a rebellion against the Donut life – which is empty even though it might be cool…

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I am so passionate about young people. Since I left secondary school, I have had the passion burning within – which has refused to be extinguished. I want you to make a great influence in life, to fulfil purpose – to be the right teenager!

Without GOD, you might be puffy all right – fabulous, rich, brilliant, boxed up, handsome or beautiful – but nonetheless EMPTY.

So, I’m creating a blog on www.eatyourdonut.wordpress.com

This blog will feature articles and awareness that will lead to the release of my first book by the name Donut, which itself is not the end, but a means to an end. Give it a try – follow me on the blog or Facebook. You will not regret a minute of your time, I promise!

From one person God made all nations who live on earth, and he decided when and where every nation would be. God has done all this, so that we will look for him and reach out and find him. He isn’t far from any of us,

– Acts 17:26-27 [CEV]

I will post regular articles, updates and awareness about this move out of the empty life. I wish you would check it out as soon as possible and follow the blog. At least see what this is all about – you might not know the impact this is going to have on your life for good.

Tomorrow, we will discuss more! Check back please.

Cheers!

TOluwanimi