Monday, June 01, 2009

What are you doing with your now?

I took a typing test sometimes last week and found out that my typing speed has reduced drastically, from 120wpm with 90% accuracy when I was 10 to 100wpm with 80% accuracy something around 8 years after.

A lot of people see me type, and wonder how come I do it so fast, and then I tell them they ain't seen anything yet, because my mom does it like 2times faster.

I remember that as early as age 6, I would sit at a typewriter for hours, and my closest companion during those times was my paper-back copy of the book - TYPING MADE SIMPLE.

At the time, typing came naturally to me - because I did not have anything better to do; however, as a result of my seeming 'idleness', I have mastered a skill that almost every computer user on the planet would like to have (but only very few can pay the price to attain).

You are probably wondering what the moral of the story is, aren't you? Just hang on a little longer.

During that same period, I had a friend that would sit and stare at a television screen for hours on end, - God bless Galaxy TV and NTA Ibadan, and today - you need to hear him analyze cartoons (Hey, he even thinks TMNT beats Ratatouille any day any time, I disagree with him on that point); you would think he serves on the Oscar board...

However, today, one of my strong skills is my ability to type fast with lots of accuracy.

Now, to some real talk.

I have often had issues balancing between putting up a good performance in the present and preparing for my future. What with the funny realization that I still seem to have a lot of friends' who seem to be stuck on life in the present; guys and gals whose lives seem to revolve round attending meetings, arguing the difference between faith and reality (and at times, arguing whether there is a difference at all), watching films, discussing everybody's business (except theirs'), and then attending class once in a blue moon.

At some point in my search for a balance, I came across this quote by Sir William Osler - "The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well".

I argue that the best way to prepare for what the future holds is to perform the tasks at hand to the best of our ability. I once read somewhere that "Life seems to require that we make the most of our present situations before we are given a chance to move on to the next".

Please, wherever you are, and whatever it is that you are required to do in the present, do it faithfully, because you never know if tomorrow will require the skills you learn today.

This is just to launch this blog, as for some time now - I have been using a freewebs address. I'll be back with something better soon, for now... L8r.

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