Saturday, 31 December 2016

What's Your Story?

This morning as I walked down the street of Accra Central, I thought about the numerous strangers that I’ve passed by.

What's their story?

There was this crazy looking man by the crosswalk yelling at almost everything that passed by, whether cars or people. What's his story?
Did he sell drugs to rich friends so he could attempt to keep up with their lifestyles and now he has an addiction to the commodity? His friends nowhere to be found. Tired of his shit?

What about the smartly suite-up lawyer who was caught jumping the traffic light while speaking to someone on the phone?
Is he late to work because he had to take care of the kids ?

Or the heavily built guy with his old and dirty clothes with headphones in his ears, whom I couldn’t tell who he was or what he does? He turned out to be my angel. His presence kept the crazy man from yelling at me as I crossed the street.

What was his story?

Perhaps he was oblivious to my gratitude. Maybe he is one of those guys who carry heavy loads for market women and others for money.

Do any of these people wonder about my story? The school girl with curly hair with a backpack slung over her shoulder. Do they know how I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders? Do they see I am trying to stay strong as the storm rushes in and makes changes in my life?

Do they know I'm worried because a lot of responsibility on my shoulders? Do they know I face financial uncertainty? My girlfriend expects me to meet almost all her needs.?

No they probably don't know this but maybe they know as I know that no matter what is thrown in our paths the ultimate purpose is love pulling us closer to it.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Broken Hearts

He wants to get married to her.
She wants to marry him too.

Their relationship  may not be perfect but whose is?

He's good to her and reliable.
They are best friends.
She knows he loves her despite her flaws

He loves her.
She brings excitement.
She stood by him through thick and thin.
There's a comfort level.

She really wants a wedding.
She wants the proposal and the ring.

It doesn't have to be big or fancy.
Simple and small is preferred.

However her family says no.
They are supposed to support and be there for her.
They said no because of some ancient fallacy  with no logical reasoning

Family has broken their hearts.
Where's the love they've always preached?
They've destroyed young love and lives because of tribal sentiments.

And he knows if it doesn't come from their hearts, it is not free.
And he doesn't want to be into it.
Because he doesn't want to incur the wrath of her family

So what happens next?
Do they fight for their love; their happiness?
Do they denounce their families

What would you do?