Long ago, before I was even a decade old, I had an uncle living with my family, who had a friend that often came by. My uncle’s friend’s popular refrain was, ‘man no die, man no rotten’. I didn’t know what he meant but in my childlike mind, I labelled him Mr. Man-no-die, man-no-rotten. At this point in time, I couldn’t speak pidgin English and I was also too young to have been taught by life, the eternal teacher, what he meant. As the years went by, I completely forgot about my uncle’s friend.

Fast forward to the year 2019, decades after, and I had my eureka moment; I finally understood what my uncle’s friend had meant all those years ago.

You see, it doesn’t matter how bad the situation you are in, is. As long as you are alive, always have hope that things will get better. As long as you are not dead and buried, that situation is not final. It doesn’t matter what the doctors say, it doesn’t matter what your bank account tells you. It doesn’t even matter who has betrayed you or duped you. Just remember one thing; as long as you are alive, the tides can always turn in your favour.

I know we are all human, with the tendency to feel hurt, depressed, lost, and a lot of other emotions when we feel that things are not working out, but we shouldn’t let them stick. Don’t sit around, throwing a pity party for yourself. On December 29, 2013, my country home got burnt at a time when, as it is said, things were difficult. On December 29, 2018, I was chilling in my bigger and better country home. That’s life, have faith in God.

So, the next time you face what looks like an insurmountable situation, simply look it in the eye, and say to it, ‘man no die, man no rotten’ because even that situation shall pass.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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