I went from 1st to 7th #ItChangedMyLife

I moved from 1st to 7th position…#ItChangedMyLife
Quickly, before I go on, I’m grateful to the Literary Rockstar – Lord Josh himself – for this beautiful privilege. Thank you Sire.
Back to how my life changed:
Little wonder how we tend to beat ourselves in situations and feel quite uncomfortable in our own skins when we do not get that which we aim for.
It was in my second year in Junior Secondary School (JSS 2 to be precise) and I had just transferred from another school because we had to relocate as a family. In my previous school, I was on top of my class – I aced my grades in all the three terms and it was so much joy. Consequently, I moved to my new school with the undaunted feeling that I was going to be the best student. But oh well, first term ended, I opened the brown envelope that contained the term’s result, and as my eyes moved straight to the position, I saw 7th. I felt a lump in my throat and I fought hard to hold back the tears. It was a shocker!
Second term came and I came 4th; the same happened in the third term and believe you me, I was frustrated. I just could not fathom what was going on – I mean I was active in class, prompt in assignments, “Ella Enchanted” to instructions but nothing was happening. I felt stagnant and stupid. Of course, my parents could not even explain what had become of me in this new school (but they’re awesome people – I wasn’t scolded).
During the break of my second year, however, I tried to figure out what went wrong. I realized that all the while, I had been competing with others, wanting to be better than my classmates by every means possible. I lost myself…
In the first term of third year (JSS 3), I came second. This time, I was a girl that just wanted to be better than who she was yesterday and not than someone else. The next two terms had me in front of my class and it was absolutely lovely. It felt like a new dawn – Did I just say felt? – *sigh* it was actually a new dawn!
Don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely great to learn from others, appreciate them and admire them but I learnt that you are your greatest competition and I have thrown comparison away since then. I saw my uniqueness and authenticity. I have taken the better road – falling and growing in love with whom God has made me to be – and I am still on that road.
I hope this sets a fire in your heart! Thanks for reading. *wink*

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