100 letters to my daughter. What I am happy I told her No. 5



My dear daughter,

How are you today? Let me begin this letter with a quote that was in my last letter. Because of its importance I like us to revisit it. Do you remember that quote? It goes thus: โ€œIn life, the most successful people are not those who focus on where they are coming from but those who focus on where they are going.โ€ Romilia Quotes
I hope you remember the story of Nchang Belta.

In my last letter I told you the challenges that she faced and how she was able to bravely overvome them and emerge on top in life. What makes me so impressed by Belta’s achievement is the fact that she created her opportunity and made excellent use of it.  Many girls have opportunities but waste them either through carelessness, laziness, or recklessness. We find girls whose parents send them to excellent and expensive schools but who still end up failing in end-of-course examinations and in life. This is a pity.

My advice to you, which I have given to all young people I have met is, learn to use your opportunities. Do not waste them.

I like you to take responsibility for your life. Take responsibility for what you become. Like Nchang Belta, pave your way to where you like to be. Know that you can get to any position, and I mean any position you choose, if you are determined enough and work hard.

Always bear in mind that life is not easy. There is tough competition everywhere. Before you become somebody, you must work very hard. Do not think that you can fold your arms and sit and just become rich, great, or outstanding. Far from it. Nothing worthwhile it is said, comes easily in life. There is no free lunch in this world. You have to gird your loins and work for your success.

As you pave your way through life, take note that there are many obstacles or setbacks to overcome. As you shall be struggling to grow, there will be people who shall try to do everything to put you down or to block you. You must make sure you avoid or skip the pitholes that you shall find on your way. Some of these pitholes will be very obvious; others shall not be. In fact, many will be invisible. Hence, you must be very careful otherwise what you may consider safe ground may be the most slippery ground and when you step on it you will find yourself crashing badly. You will come across people who will love you and help you succeed; and others who will hate you and try to throw banana peelings on your path. You will come across those who will deceive. Know how to go about life.

Do not let jealous and envious fellows stop you from getting to where you want to go. Do not let people with bad intentions block you. Do not listen to people who have nothing but discouraging messages for you. Be wise and smart and know that this world is not for the naive, or sluggish individuals but for wise and courageous ones.

You are still young and your future is ahead of you. You have great chances. Make the most of your opportunities.

It is my prayer that God may continue to take care of you.
I hope to read from you soon.
Until then,
this is your darling father.

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