Let them celebrate the seemingly little achievements, the ‘small’ victories in their lives. You have no idea how they got here and what they went through to achieve these seemingly small victories.
This month can be literally be dubbed the month of graduations. From ECD to PHDs and Confirmations into Professorship. Social media is awash with pictures of the black and red gowns, people holding certificates, people celebrating graduations from various institutions.
Last week a friend on Facebook uploaded their graduation pic, she had graduated with an honors degree in Psychology from a local university. I liked the picture and felt so proud because I know how much patience, discipline and hard work is needed for one to complete a four-year course in Zimbabwe. Browsing through the comment section I came across this comment
“ These days everyone is graduating with an honors degree, its no longer worthy to be celebrated.. call me here when you get your Masters hunnae…hakuna mabasa”
Sounds polite and encouraging doesn’t it?
Well I don’t really think so, I can sense a little jealousy, a little mockery, a little aggression and who knows a little “ gara pasi hauna zvawaita”
That drove me crazy and made me want to write this article.
Now I am thinking how many people look at people who are celebrating something, a wedding, a graduation, buying a new car, buying a new phone, travelling to a new place, meeting new people, eating something they have never eaten, finally getting the book /son/ film that they were looking for, a nomination, an award, a recognition, mention , getting that story published, or anything really , and think
“Really now, that’s so common, everyone has it”
How many times have you felt like what someone is celebrating is not worth celebrating?
How many times have you felt like what someone has posted on their WhatsApp status, Facebook, Instagram, snap chat, Twitter or any social media is not worth sharing?
God forbid, I chasten you today… who are you to think that, to want to decide what’s worthy and what’s not worthy to be celebrated in someone’s life?
It might not be a Masters degree but it is a diploma and that person spent three years studying for it, maybe struggled with the fees to pay for the studies, talk about the dire economic situation in our country, maybe they lost a parent or a loved one like me (my father passed away whilst I was doing my second year) or a classmate, maybe they failed some courses and had to repeat, maybe they fell ill,
I can go on and on mentioning the various hardships faced by students while studying for that qualification they are celebrating, no matter how small it is let them celebrate it… you have no idea what they had to put up with to achieve it.
This goes even to small victories in life, travelling, a new job, a new car, a new place to stay, a drivers license, admission to university or your dream school, a marriage, a friendversary, a relationship, the birth of a new child. Everything really, that you feel is worth celebrating.
I believe life is full of battles and every other day you get through is a victory, its worth celebrating.
Ooops!, I almost forgot, some say nay we are Africans, don’t put it out there the jealous relatives will bewitch you… Well they work in magic isn’t it… they probably know it before you even send it on social media so if they want to bewitch you, they will; whether you have celebrated or not. I’d rather celebrate and enjoy and get bewitched than to hide my happiness and still get bewitched.
Remember there is a very thin line between CELEBRATION and SHOW OFF…. guard the edges jealously.
To everyone out there… go ahead spread some love, celebrate with those celebrating if you cant, let them celebrate their achievements, support those who need your support and celebrate you seemingly little achievements.
Give thanks unto the lord for His blessings on you.