Its official, I’m a year older!
Wait for it, let’s see how it all started.
7th January, 1987 at exactly 7am, a baby boy was born into the family of Ayodele and Bolanle Oguntoye. 7 days later, he was named as follows; Olawale Emmanuel Oluwaseun Olasunkanmi, The Son of Oguntoye.
7, it seems is the number of perfection and one would expect a lot of perfect things to surround me bearing in mind the ‘7s’ that surround my birth circumstances. I was even born 7am! Imagine!!!
However, my life has been far from perfect. It’s been many things rolled into one. Joy, sadness, disappointment, loss, Victory, fulfillment, love, heartbreak etc.
Growing up was fun. Not necessarily lots of fun but I think I had my fair share. U see, my dad is a medical doctor, he was running a private practice by the time I was born and still does till today. As such, he rarely had time to play as such. I have few memories of my dad taking us out but the few times he did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I still remember the visit to the National museum in Onikan and the bar beach when he changed his car to a Peugeot 505, don’t remember how old I was then but those were cherished times.
Primary school was fun as far as I can remember. I didn’t start off quite smart as many people think. I remember the first time I was 1st in my class was in Pry 2, and I even lost it for 2 terms in Pry 4 to a new boy who just came from nowhere to take my shine away *winks*.
High school brought a lot of competition though I was still unserious by my now- standards but I still managed to breeze through, shining once in a while but still managing to distinguish myself.
My real lessons in life started in University. OAU turned out to be an eye opener. Turns out hardwork was necessary even to fail a course respectably and I had to brace my sleeves. I can truly say I learnt how to study in Ife. Academics took a whole new dimension. For the first time, I had to live outside my father’s house with total strangers who would later become soul mates. I had to cook my own food, wash all of my own clothes, make all my decisions, learn how to live on a budget ( for the first time in my life) et al. And I’m proud of myself as I succeeded.
Being a Christian took on a new meaning as I discovered more about God and gradually, leadership and responsibility crept into my life.
Today, I turn 25 and it means a lot to me. I will take my time to be grateful to God and to my wonderful parents, sisters and friends for being there for me and allowing me to be there for them at different times. I will take a little time to celebrate.
I might not have achieved all I planned for this age 9 years ago when I got into university but I know I’ve not been a failure. I’m moving forward in life and day by day, many people are proud of me and I’m also proud of myself.
I’m 25, currently studying for my masters in one of the best professional engineering schools in the world. I’m blessed with a family that loves me. I have friends that cherish and mean a lot to me. The thought of my potentials scare me but I’m gradually living up to them and I’m happy with what I’ve made of my life so far.
Join me in raising your glasses (filled with whatever you enjoy. *send the bill) to Life and to a future so bright!
Happy Birthday to me!