Many times when I listen to one of the songs I so love by Adekunle Gold, ‘Ire’; I keep getting the vibe of going home. Home is where comfort is, the place of no hassle. Many times the comfort of home is not that of wealth or material affluence, it is that of love and peace. No one won’t relish the joy that lies at home after being away from it; it is one that draws the soul.
To consider the statement ‘time to go home’, then you must be away from home. The first question to thrash is why did you leave home in the first place? As a young man, I knew early enough but maybe not really early enough that home is not where a young man should remain at some stages. You can’t grow in the place of comfort; a boy must leave home to become a man (guess I wrote something like that before; ‘Becoming a Man’).
Here is the hard truth, many times after you have taken the hard decision of leaving home, you will be so tempted to go back. You can become so broke and broken, stranded and lonely; but such is what we can’t avoid on the path to becoming.
Times can be rough and tough at the same time, but our worth will be proven by our ability to hold on.
It is best to be on the look out for the decoys, rather than wait to be caught unawares; you can’t do without hard situation if you really want to grow. With that well understood, there will still be times when the question of going home will be relevant.
Listening to this hit single by Master KG featuring Zanda Zakuza ‘Skeleton Move’; the line of not forgetting the road that will lead you home keeps playing in my head. We can get so lost in our mission of becoming that the only saving grace is to find our way back home and relaunch.
“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” ―
Many times, we let what people will say if we go back home keep us plunging deeper into our errors without looking back to review our steps. It may be time to go back home my friend; but not to relax or get buried in regret but to:
- Evaluate: take your time to look back and consider your path, learn where you failed. Failure is meant to mean you are starting again but not from the scratch but from experience; but the experience may never be gotten if you didn’t take time to be retrospective.
- Review: Knowing your undoing is not enough, but retracing your step and planning for a better approach is required. And,
- Relaunch: The cycle will not be complete without the relaunching. Failure becomes a negative experience when you fail to pick yourself up and relaunch with a renewed mind.
“If there’s any redeeming quality that I can find in running away from something, it’s that I’m on my feet. Now all I’ve got to do is alter my direction.”
Learn to retreat , go home if need be; but never forget to evaluate, review and relaunch. You can’t afford to abandon the race to becoming.
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