“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” – J F. Kennedy.
When I started holding football clinic visits in Uganda around various communities of the country about 7 years ago, it wasn’t the everyday norm, well at least in my opinion. A lot of sacrifices, giving time, long travels, and much more I don’t want to write here because it’s long.
From then on for some reason I started getting so many requests in my inboxes of people requesting me to visit them in their communities, others for different things I can’t even mention here but some of the few texts I used to get in my inbox were, What are you going to do to help Women’s football in our country? I didn’t give it much thought then because I do women’s football activities in various communities because I love the game and I wish to see many young girls and women get opportunities to play football and also became whatever they want to be in life without anyone stoping them.
Later I came to think of it, what if all these people asking me what am going to do for their villages, communities and country ask themselves what they are going to do for their own communities or country? So the day I saw J.F Kennedy’s quote above, it automatically became my favourite quote because it alligned with one of my top goals in life, I love to serve my community or country in anyway without waiting or demanding others to do it for me because I believe we all can contribute positively to our communities without waiting or demanding for others to create positive change for us.
I feel I have given all my time and everything else to this beautiful game I love, football both on and off the pitch. It’s crazy how much love one can have for anything; I think sometimes too much love for anything can be exhausting right? But yet again true love stands all trials of life, the thick, the thin etc. When you love something, you fight to keep the relationship.
These last few days, I have been somewhat having random weird thoughts on my mind. The other day I came to believe that maybe there’s no ending to the journey of life. To me life feels as though we are moving in circles, it’s rotating endlessly. You reach a high, reach a low, sickness, health, you get rich and then poor again, get friends and lose them all again, and then back again and again till your last day on this real earth. It’s like as if we are spinning in circles and the process continues. There’s no destination, no ending.
So, in my own imaginations, I came up with my own theory of life. The theory is, we are on earth, but each one of us has their own spinning machine which we live in for our entire lifetime. Of course, there’s no getting out of this machine EXCEPT, the day you get out is the day you die. According to my theory, some people decide by themselves to get out of this machine while others are forcefully taken out of it (Of course by the bad people). These spinning machines, some are new, some are broken, some are old, some are at a point where they need support to function.
The good news is, everything exists in these spinning machines we live in, all the early desires like wealth, food, water, money, family and everything else money can buy and can’t buy. Also, in these spinning machines there’s, anger, laziness, jealousy and every other bad thing this normal world has. We have a lot of choices while we live in the machines.
The flip side is that we are the only drivers ensured to drive each of our spinning machines, only thing we don’t have control of is the day we come to this theoretical world. Otherwise we choose when to set off, when to go, when to increase gears, when to slow down and when to stop. At times here and there, we get the chance to fuel up these machines, we decide what type of fuel to add, either righteousness or evil, basically we are in control.
Has any of you ever realised that, the things that happened to you from the day you were born in the real world throughout your lifetime are the same things that come back around and happen to you in your older days? An example is, you need support and care as a baby, you cannot walk, eat by yourself and more. When you reach your older days in life, you cannot walk, you need support and care. So, does this make u believe in my theory that life is a never ending spinning machine that goes round and round and then back again?
In my theoretical world, we have a lot of choices, but need to choose carefully while we live in it because the direction you choose to take your spinning machine and the choices we make while in it determines where we end up in life. Even the good drivers of the spinning machines in this theoretical world will never be perfect, it’s a revolving world where there’s no perfection, we all continue learning every day.
In my theoretical world, life is about choices and there’s a variety to choose from. Everyone has the power to make the decisions they want to make and we create our own rules. If my theoretical world is the real world, it means we have the POWER to make the decisions we want to see happen in our lives. That means we have the POWER to make decisions that would result into supporting others, making the world a better place, creating equal opportunities for everyone, the power to continue to learning, to speak up and stand up for what’s right, to Love and more. And if that’s the case, why do we wait for other people or someone else to do the work for us if we also have the power to do the same things, we expect others to do for us?
Does the theory make sense to you?
Why do we ask and wait for others to create positive change in the world when we have the POWER to create and change it ourselves?
“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” – J F Kennedy.