I had struggled for sometime on what to title this paper, which would have helped with giving direction on what to write, neither did I know on what subject matter I would write on. In fact, a few days ago, I had began writing a paper on the theme “Evolving Togetherness from Diversity”, which was going to, hopefully, talk through how in our individual ways, we can find those elements that would always bring us together no matter what the situation is, but about 15 minutes into the article and dealing with pulling my thoughts together, I think I lost my muse and gave up.
Here’s an excerpt from the few lines of the museless article: “The theme for this month is as the title says, Evolving Togetherness from Diversity which really goes to emphasise our approach to how we operate, build partnerships and sustain the relationships that matter, especially those of our stakeholders. Without a doubt, for many who hear about diversity they immediately think conflict, war, aggression, enemies, irreconcilable differences, etc alot of these thoughts have been influenced by the way humanity has lived its life in recent centuries. As soon as there is a difference in opinion/view, many people are seen in a manner slightly less than hostile, rather than embrace the fact that we all have a different mindset and see things from a different perspective.” I still quote this because it reflects a ‘place’ in my life that I am learning to understand, rather than get caught up in the emotions of adversity in any form, I always aim to use these experiences to help me become a better person. The conflicts, hostility, aggression and the lack of understanding of a difference, the diversity in opinions (from one person to another) referred to in the quote above have characterised my life for some years now – living and coping with this has been a struggle everyday. Not a struggle of despair like life had come to an end, but one where I am taking another chance to ensure that all the experiences I had gone through and will still go through will act as an encouragement to live every waking moment of my life in gratitude to His Grace. So, the struggles I refer to are those of ensuring I do not fall short of living a life worthy of the Lord’s blessings and a personal sense of fulfillment – Living Free.
To help me deal with all these issues there are a few things I have began to do: explore my personality; challenge myself to live life differently; undertake new adventures; live outside of my comfort zones; and constantly remember not to follow the norm but be guided by my intuition whilst living within the laws. In doing all these, I am gradually developing an affinity for writing, photography, volunteering/nonprofit work.
My quest to get involved in nonprofit work is what had given birth to October Orange Initiative. This blog, “The Art Of Giving”, provides me and other writers/authors a platform to express our creative sides in words and I have my Google Photos portfolio filled with photographs of all sorts, hopefully working towards developing a knack for mobile phone photography.
Going back to the title of this ‘paper’, “The Second Act” makes it feel like a rebirth for me, like I have been given a second chance to live my life differently and in a manner that will bring me fulfillment. We all get second chances, let’s make sure they count and live life like it’s golden because it truly is.
Look out for the Third Act.
Olufeyisayo Sofolahan Soewu | Founder | October Orange Initiative