Thursday, December 13, 2012

End time Blues

If I could offer you only one tip for the future,
sunscreen would be it. 
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, 
whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience 
I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth, oh nevermind, 
you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. 
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself 
and recall in a way you can’t grasp now, how much possibility lay before you 
and how fabulous you really looked, 
you are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future, or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. 
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, 
don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don’t waste your time on jealousy, sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind, 
the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults, 
if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life, 
the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22
what they wanted to do with their lives, 
some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t, 
Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, 
Maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary 
What ever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either 
Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s. 
Enjoy your body, use it every way you can, don’t be afraid of it, 
or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Brother and sister together we'll make it through 
Someday a spirit will take you and guide you there 
I know you've been hurting, but I've been waiting to be there for you 
And I'll be there just helping you out whenever I can

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings, they are the best link to your past 
and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. 
Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, 
the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard, 
Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, 
you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young 
prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, 
Maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. 
Advice is a form of nostalgia, 
dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, 
painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen

The above is an excerp from EVERBODY'S FREE (TO WEAR SUNSCREEN) by Baz LUHRMANN. For those of us who allow music to inspire and enlighten and...i dunno ...change us, then this song is amazing. it really puts things into perspective. 

Yesterday was 12/12/12 many people felt it had significant meaning, some people in japan and China are preparing for the end of the word on 21st by buying candles, kerosene for lamps etc. So many conspiracy theories surround the Mayan apocalypse. The New York Times has reported that some spooked Russians have been panic-buying matches, fuel and sugar to prepare for the post-apocalypse. And they are not alone. A poll by Ipsos recently found that one in seven people believe the world will end during their lifetime. However the Bible says only God knows when the end will come. 

God has given us no date for the second coming, however. The resurrection and rapture of the church is imminent—it can happen at any moment, night or day. This is God’s very effective way to keep us on the alert. Our Saviour stated: “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matt. 24:42-44; cf. vs. 50 and 25:13).

I don't know how you have lived this Year but you should ask yourself if you are ready for heaven? Is your spouse ready for heaven? Are your siblings ready for heaven? Is your name in the Book of life? What is your purpose and calling? Are you fulfilling it?

These things are between you and God who sees our hearts. Whether you are old or young you don't know when it will be time to go to the departure lounge. But that time will surely come and we should prepare for it by living a life that is examplary, meaningful and Christ-like . 

We should also use our time on this earth to Dance with your children, teach them life lessons, give alms, worship God with our whole hearts, touch lives, perhaps even try to always wear sunscreen. Live like today is our last day. What could be better than the feeling of knowing that if your life ends today you will be in heaven or if the rapture comes you will be "caught up". It seems unfathomable but that is the truth and this world is truly not our home.

Ijeoma Olujekun

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