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By Omoye Uzamere

Today is my birthday!

Birthdays are always an opportunity to reflect and consider how far you’ve come. This year, in view of my reflections, I decided to do a 10-day Gratitude challenge.

It was indeed a challenge. I thought I would have all these wise witty things to say about why gratitude is important and about my oh-so-amazing life. Alas… I got stuck at number 1… so I decided to make it a prayer; a prayer of gratitude for things (that I can discuss on social media) lol!

These are the things I’m most grateful for at turning a year older (besides the closet prayers) –

– God.

I am grateful to have a relationship with God, who is always there even when I don’t know it… I am thankful for His love.

– My Purpose.

These verses remind me of purpose – “Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I chose you for a special work. I chose you to be a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5) & “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). It makes me feel particularly special and gives me the confidence that my life is deliberate.

– Family.

Every family rallies around and supports its own, but mine – we’re unique! There are so many perks to having four siblings and two parents. Hehehe!

– Friends.

My friends are one of my biggest resources. Some of them have become my family. But the best thing about having friends is being a friend as well; investing in the friendships. So, I guess I’ll say I’m glad I’ve made good investments.

– My Gifts.

I used to deny my multi-talented nature. Now, I’m glad I have these different skills and seek out opportunities to express them. Every stage in my life is meant for me to build one or the other and use one or another. That’s a blessing.

– Nigeria.

This country can leave much to be desired. I know there is a lot to complain about and so much more to do to unravel the conundrum that is our country. Still, I am grateful that we even exist. I’m grateful for how much has worked out for good and how much more will. I’m also grateful for our value system and nearness to culture. I’m grateful for the consciousness of more and the desire for more accountability from government because I know it will lead to a willingness to sacrifice whatever is necessary to have the kind of country we want. I belong to a generation of Nigerians who want to build rather than destroy. I am Nigerian: tough, resilient, positive and aggressive. Hopefully we will channel these energies right

– Good Health.

Good health is a gift and never to be taken for granted. Yes, we practice a healthy lifestyle but it’s important to remember that health is a gift.

-Work Opportunities.

No man is an island. Everything we have was handed to us. I have to appreciate every person who has ever employed or contracted me for work, within and outside the creative industry.

– The Little Things.

The truth is that even the air we breathe is a gift. Our personality is a gift. Those little things that brighten our day are a gift and any day is a good day to show gratitude.
Today I am simply grateful for the little things – like music, nice food, clean sheets, pleasant smells, good hair, happy smiles, ads with syrupy moments, movies, books, random encounters with a stranger on the street which remind you that there is good in the world after all, cheerful babies, long phone calls that leave you with a smile, a good night’s rest, coconut oil… I could go on.
I am grateful for life and the little things that colour it.

– A Brand New Year aka the Birthday ‘gaan’. I’m grateful!

Happy Birthday to everyone born in September and especially to my birthday mates: Kelechi Udegbe and Adannaya Chuka Obi. Also to my almost birthday mates, Aunty Joke Silva and the Gbagyichild, Lydia Idakula Sobogun.

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