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    Walt Shakes

    Walter Ude (@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter. He blogs at mymindsnaps.wordpress.com.

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I do not understand the world.

The world, it would seem, does not understand me either.

Life is full of paradoxes, and the people who live in it perpetuate them. Life’s often called a bitch – I assume the hobbies that earned her that moniker keep her very busy. But I wish she will take a moment from all her bitchy business to answer some of the questions I have milling in my head. Like, why the world encourages you to be who you are, and the right people will love you for it. And yet, when you are exactly that, all the people that matter, and then some, will form a solid wall of disapproval.

I am many things, most of them a riot of personalities.

Reserved yet genial. Introverted yet appreciative of company. A lover of good humour and laughter, often stricken by long spells of welcome brooding. I write lots of words, and often times, I find very little of them to speak. Music and stories are a balm to my soul, and the joy of company a welcome catharsis.

I am many things, and God made them so.

And the world wants me to be all of them, as much as I can be. Yet it brings woe on me for doing just that. That’s the irony of life, I suppose. One of the many reasons she is called a bitch. Because no matter what battles you pick, she will always make ready a sufficient variety of opposition. Those who stink of disapproval and judgment.

At the end of every day, I always come to one realization – to not rely on the gratification gotten from others. It is fleeting. Here now, then gone. To be who I am, whilst mindful of the people around me. Because ultimately, my happiness is no one’s gift to me, but my objective to accomplish.

I am many things, and all of them I am resolved to be.

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  1. MztaPaul

     /  February 7, 2014

    The truth…unfiltered, undiluted.
    No one owes u ur happiness but yourself.

  2. nik

     /  February 7, 2014


  3. Yemie

     /  February 7, 2014

    Walter, YOU say and I quote ‘ I don’t understand the world’ and I say don’t even try to. At the end of the day, it is ’bout YOU and what makes YOU happy; as long as your heart’s in the right place, YOU’RE at peace with YOURSELF and YOUR MAKER, forget ’bout the maddening crowd and live YOUR life. YOU alone hold the keys to YOUR own happiness, YOU don’t need noone’s approval or permission. YOU gat only one life to live, so dearest; no dull YOURSELF o. Live, Love and be ‘plenty’ Happy. *wink wink*

  4. Thoughtful words here. This about my first reading here and I greatly acknowledge your mind’s offerings. Well done.

  5. I like this post. in summary, be you, be free, be happy. nice!

  6. We’re quite alike. A blend of Melancholy and Phlegmatic.
    And you’ve spoken the truth plus my mind. 😀
    Do remember that God has a hand in giving you something greater than happiness: joy!

  7. surgeon rules

     /  February 7, 2014

    i can relate to this… Beautiful piece.

  8. anyibaba

     /  February 7, 2014

    I can’t relate to this

  9. Aakay

     /  February 8, 2014

    This piece got me thinking…I can’t please everyone. Nice one pal.

  10. ‘Nuff said.

  11. chinwe

     /  February 8, 2014

    Come on,people!!letz be selfish!!!yay!!!

    • Yemie

       /  February 8, 2014

      Yay, Chi! I’m soooo with you on this one, all the wayyyyyyyy! #teamselfish# And oh, we sooooo rock too! LMAO!


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