This is for you if you’re a vulcanizer, this again is for you the water seller, and a big one for you, those who hustle hard the right way just to put food on the table no matter how small a thing you get… I’m at the rear view watching saying “I sincerely appreciate you” even if no one else does.
I’ve watched keenly all these folks I mentioned, and sometimes I imagine what goes on in their minds like are they really happy, and even when a mai ruwa brings me water the kind of gratitude he expresses just makes me wonder shutting me in a tenebrific atmosphere cos I’m unable to really discern their personas or should I say I want to feel different rather than the natural feeling that comes to me.
At some point in my life I’ve had cause to push trucks and I know that it’s a game of strength first, then skill and for these guys that’s the way to roll, we all know that they’ll have to give up that hustle as they advance in age like it as not, but what baffles me the most is that spirit of contentment they seem to have, they’ve chosen to have a good life and not being a nuisance to the society. Yes a few of them indulge in some obnoxious lifestyles but most just choose to be clean. And likewise the labourers we sometimes meet on site, those hard working men and women we often times meet on the streets that help us in a way or two as we also pay them for services rendered. I always end mine with a thank you even after paying them cos I appreciate whatever it is they just did for me, people are like why saying thank you when you paid for the service already? And am like yeah but he also had the right to say no I cant do that for you but instead chose to say yes. I may be wrong on that but that’s the way I see it.
One thing remains in my heart; I hope they’re happy doing those things that they do and living a good life just as I am happy writing this or when I draw or do music. I lay on my back and think that maybe, they do what they do because they don’t have much of a choice, but I then again I try to convince myself, I hope it’s not true.
I respect what you do no matter what your hustle is as long as you didn’t allow the hard life or poverty determine for you what kinda life you ought to live. You chose to live a good life by doing the right thing, and maybe you earn just little over a dollar or less a day, maybe you’re happy regardless, and just maybe again you are a Nigerian, today I say to you, someone appreciates you, and that person is me…