Ends and Beginnings

Discombobulate. That’s my word for 2014, alongside befuddled, arduous and complicated. It was the most horrible I’ve had in all my twenty-ish years of existence, and if the stories and conversations I have had are anything to go by, then a majority of the world population share my sentiment.

I am glad to see a new year.

Every period comes with its own perks. The past year saw me on a warm day enjoying the sun cast its beautiful rays on the river, and then suddenly a storm brews and my precious peace is stolen.
I fell head first into the raging waters and could not find any foothold. But I survived like so many others have. Somehow the storm passed and there I was washed up along the shores, struggling to my feet. Just like you did.

Hope. That’s the word now, alongside determination, faith and persistence.
It is the reason we find the courage to take bold steps, because we desire better.
It is why we go to sleep at night,  making plans for a new day, without giving thought to the possibility of death.
It is the determination that the nightmares of yesterday will not mar tomorrow; that every new day is a chance to create something beautiful.
It is the reason we pick our beaten self up from the shores and trudge forward.
It is persistence in the face of uncertainty and fear, that there are some treasures yet to be discovered ahead. 

There is this thing about markers and milestones, something that screams nostalgia. Because we like to make memories, sometimes we unwittingly pick memorable days and events to create those for ourselves. This is what the New Year and the tradition of resolutions mean to most people: A time we can say to ourselves, on this day in history I chose to have better and be better.


35 thoughts on “Ends and Beginnings

  1. archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    I could say this privately, in an email, but I prefer a public format, as I’ve no doubt that many will agree with me.

    I’ve “known” you for over a year, and although we have exchanged messages on boards, as well as emails, I really had no idea until now what an excellent writer you are. You seem to share Emily Dickenson’s talent for saying a lot in a few, well-chosen words.


    • uju January 18, 2015 / 5:56 pm

      Awww, Arch you’re far too kind. Thank you 🙂


      • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 6:29 pm

        Nope, just honest.


      • archaeopteryx1 January 18, 2015 / 6:30 pm

        — and a good literary critic.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. olisakwerah January 7, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    I totally agree wit u. Twenty Fourteen was a tough year. May dis year bring lots of good tidings to u & urs.

    Weneva I hear the word ‘hope’, one quotation comes to mind;
    “….Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope! In the end, that is God’s greatest gift to us. A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead.” OBAMA 2004

    I particularly liked this;
    “….. A time we can say to ourselves, on this day in history I chose to have better and be better.” UJU 2015

    Thumbs up Ujay…more ink to ur biro.

    Liked by 1 person

    • uju January 7, 2015 / 8:06 pm

      The audacity of hope indeed! But where would we be without it?

      Thank you, Olisa, and may your 2015 bring a bountiful harvest to your doorstep.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Smart January 7, 2015 / 11:27 am

    This piece is actualy my tome- has nothing to do with plagiarism though.
    Again you are a singular multitude of a young lady one of kind.I doff my hat for you. Truly if God had a billfold your potraite will b there. Whistle?
    Hope, courage and faith brings out nothing but the best trust me. Thank God the storm is over…. so, peace be still…
    May the soul of the legendary Ikemba RIP ” Because I was involved” as part title of one of his literatures.
    Happy New Year MI !!


    • uju January 7, 2015 / 12:07 pm

      “Hope, Faith and courage brings out nothing but the best.”

      Happy New Year, Smart.


  4. Holistic Wayfarer January 7, 2015 / 12:59 am


    *wrap you in this hug*
    (Typed too fast, at first said warp you… LOL!)


    • uju January 7, 2015 / 8:21 am

      Lol 😀


  5. writtenfoi January 6, 2015 / 5:29 am

    Your words are full of wisdom. Hope you have a blessed 2015, and I look forward to reading about the adventure. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • uju January 6, 2015 / 6:42 am

      Thank you, (name please?) And I look forward to writing about it.

      I hope your year remains blessed, and your cup of wisdom overflows too.

      P.S. The new site is looking really good 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • writtenfoi January 6, 2015 / 9:10 am

        Thank you.

        and for future reference….my name is Scott. 🙂


          • writtenfoi January 6, 2015 / 1:27 pm

            Like wise. 🙂


  6. livelytwist January 5, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    If hope dies, we die too. Hope is living.
    Now, discombobulate, I have no idea what it means, but it’s probably not good. It is good to have (another) beginning.

    Liked by 1 person

    • uju January 6, 2015 / 6:40 am

      “Hope is living” —True words, Timi.
      Discombobulate– That’s really just a lot of confusion.
      I’m all for turning another chapter this year in my life.

      May your life stay just as beautiful 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  7. OBASI CHIDI January 5, 2015 / 6:53 am

    Happy new year


    • uju January 5, 2015 / 11:15 am

      And a pleasant one to you, Chidi.


  8. ifemmanuel January 5, 2015 / 3:04 am

    There are so many things I love about hope, but none can be as beautiful as Emily Dickinson’s poem that is referenced in that picture. So here’s all of it:

    “Hope” is the thing with feathers –
    That perches in the soul –
    And sings the tune without the words –
    And never stops – at all –

    And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
    And sore must be the storm –
    That could abash the little Bird
    That kept so many warm –

    I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
    And on the strangest Sea –
    Yet – never – in Extremity,
    It asked a crumb – of me.

    And I pray that your hopes in 2015 find a safe place to perch and thrive.

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    • uju January 5, 2015 / 6:33 am

      Thanks Ife. The poem was referenced in a book I’d read years ago, and it just stuck.
      Thanks for bringing the rest of it along 🙂

      May our hope find a safe place to perch and thrive. Amen.


    • uju January 5, 2015 / 6:30 am

      Darling Mak, and may your days be ever bright 🙂


  9. stacilys January 4, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    Great way of looking into the future Uju. May God richly bless you throughout 2015.
    🙂 ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • uju January 4, 2015 / 5:43 pm

      And may His blessings never depart from your life.
      Thank you, Staci 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  10. nwajikwa nzube January 4, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    27 dayss of blessings only if you believe and have faith.


    • uju January 4, 2015 / 5:42 pm

      Amen. I believe 🙂
      May your jar of favour never run dry too.


  11. hakeem January 4, 2015 / 4:33 am

    Good luck in the new year 🙂


    • uju January 4, 2015 / 7:29 am

      Thank you, Hakeem.
      Happy New Year.


  12. Nida S. January 4, 2015 / 3:09 am

    Hope! my most favourite word in the English language! I hope you have an amazing 2015!


    • uju January 4, 2015 / 7:29 am

      Where will we be without our hope 🙂

      Happy New Year, Nida. More blessings and favour for you this year.


  13. kathryningrid January 3, 2015 / 11:53 pm

    May 2015 be a year of peace, joy, and hope for you, a new and beautiful thing all through!


    • uju January 4, 2015 / 7:27 am

      Thank you, Kathryn. And may your year be just as beautiful 🙂


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