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Ready or Not, Here I come… ‘Should I drop the MIC?

16 May

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ready 7Have you ever approached a new birth year (birthday) with some kind of mixed feelings about some beautiful or bitter experiences you’ve carried through to-date?

Does your birthday celebrate your progress or make fun of your weakness? When you finally decide to mentally flip through the events of yester years, do you either marvel or sigh at the thought of certain happenings?

I-D-O-N-T-B-E-L-I-E-V-E-I-T! ‘Kind-of-feeling?

I know I do. Often, I wished I was still that innocent 10-year-old birthday girl adorned in my Peter Pan collar blue and white polka-dot sun dress dancing away to the rhythm of Evelyn King’s 1982 ‘Love Come Down! With not-a-single-care-about-tomorrow or even aware of whatever love was coming down! Until I was asked to take the MIC! ‘And then…

So, I just finished celebrating my 44th birthday (say “Whaaaaat!”)… Yeah ’All-of-me-is-organically 44 years and still growing! (Lol). ‘And am loving it! Fate has been feeding me with un-avoidable memories as a special delicacy, one forbidden to chew. Don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not, or more of a déjà vu kind of feeling.

Could it be my medication or hormonal changes? or the so-so-busy schedule I have entwined my life in? whatever it is, I am so ready to take it on and move forward with new hopes. Even as am not so close by to my childhood home and missing all the bells and horns I would have received for another celebration, thank goodness for true and genuine friendship ever-present!

ready 2I am so thankful for silly little things like…singing off tune  with my 4-year-old daughter in the shower, wet toothbrushes serving as our pretend-mic!, OR discussing puberty tolerance with my sprouting oh so-grown tween! (Phew! Teenage dramatic years here-we-come!) OR trying to understand the sudden mother-son bond with my dimpled-face middle child-son! OR playing star war’s Dart Vader with my adorable Autistic students or just being silly and child-like!

Those moments. Priceless and Irreplaceable.

The days of… Am I ready for another treatment? Another blood work? Another scan? Another therapy? Another celebration? It was as if I always just needed a reason to celebrate life to remind myself that I was still living!  But really? Why not? Who wouldn’t? Why not celebrate life when we have it? When our tomorrow is not given.

Today, it doesn’t matter anymore if comedians invented the mic drop, they have arguably played a larger role in popularizing it than their hip-hop counterparts. Like when the character steals the microphone from the emcee, screams into it, holds it out, and drops it to the floor. Isn’t that how our life’s journey is? We pick us, start-up then drop it off…out of?…ready 3

Nowadays, the unknown stretches before us and all we can see are the mistakes we have made and the opportunities we have missed.

Fear has brought us to our knees and we are more desperate than we have ever been in our life.

If you made it to the next birthday each year, be more thankful. Are you ready or not for what’s next? Not really. Still wondering why the MIC should be dropped? Maybe we all need to refocus and adjust our perspective. Don’t you think so?

Life is never going to be perfect this side of town. Never! If you are waiting for every problem to be solved, every circumstance to be just right, every issue to be resolved, you are in for a long wait. Set aside your comfort. Forfeit your convenience and embrace change.

The movie 8 Mile (2002) brought an explosion in interest in rap battles and free-styling, but Rabbit never drops the mic: When he finishes his climactic freestyle and prepares to walk off the stage, he just passes the mic back to his opponent. Are you ready for that? I know I am. So help me God with my personal baton.

Yours in HOPE as I share The Fugee’s “Ready or not”.

Yinka.

 

 

 

 

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11 responses to “Ready or Not, Here I come… ‘Should I drop the MIC?

  1. Kaylaw

    May 18, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    The decision is ours to make to either let the past hold us back and wallow in a pity party or embrace what the future has to offer in a new birthday, while avoiding past mistakes.
    It’s like playing tennis or basketball and you receive the ball in a sweet spot; are you going to smash and aceven the ball or play a quite drop shot or are you going to dunk the basket ball emphatically with a theatrical scream or just lay it up. I can bet all my money on what Yinka would do. Your guess is as good as mine.

    God’s Peace.
    Kaylaw

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  2. Onyela and Ben.

    May 18, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Awww, happy belated birthday msgansy! We miss you.

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  3. Mayowa

    May 17, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Happy belated birthday my beautiful Aunty, God continue to order your steps.

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  4. Paul.

    May 16, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Ready or not…gonna find you..lol.
    Nice one Yinka !
    You always inspire me..
    Will always be there for you..
    Love you to the moon and back..
    Very good write up. Keeps me thinking.

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  5. Tomi Belo

    May 16, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Yinka dear, happy belated birthday, many more good years of celebration ahead.

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  6. Danielle

    May 16, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Happy belated birthday Anthonia.

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  7. Anita Faith Mako

    May 16, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Don’t think I ever dropped the MIC, but this is really interesting.

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  8. Melissa T.

    May 16, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Yinka!! This is beautiful!!
    I think last time I dropped the mic, I forgot my lines at my friends wedding, so hilarious..people thought I was being emotional and all, but really, a reflection of what I was going through in life couldn’t be hidden..I couldn’t hide hurts and dropping the mic was a silent cry for help, more of a bold statement.
    Thanks for sharing this..

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