It’s ok to crawl.
I wrote this for you or me, perhaps the two of us. The world is running, everyone is moving fast, and it’s almost like you’re the only one behind. Many are moving out of the country, weddings every weekend, congratulations flying around — it seems everyone is doing good; except you. You tried to run a couple of times but failed at every attempt.
It’s alright. Let the world run, let everyone sprint — hunker down and crawl. It doesn’t happen very often, and it takes an incredible effort to tell yourself, “let the world run; I need to crawl.”
Earlier today, I watched a baby crawl, which taught me a great lesson. Studies suggest that approximately 50% of babies begin crawling by eight months. But some babies may start before six months, and others may not crawl until after eleven months — in rare cases, some babies don’t crawl.
The first form of movement expected from a baby is to crawl, from crawling to standing, slow movements to scattering the house effortlessly. It is evident that a ten-year-old child can run while a six months old baby cannot.
For a baby to start running, there’s a process. A baby at six months can only aspire to run, but all s/he can do is crawl. Sometimes we must take the same approach in certain situations to relieve ourselves of so much pressure. The idea that everyone is running and I must not be left out is deeply entrenched. It is hazardous to concentrate too much on the running world when all you can do is crawl at the moment.
We were taught the world is moving fast, and there’s little or no time to achieve all we aspire to be; rightly so. But much more, we need to learn how to move at our own pace and appreciate our little progress. The world has failed to teach us that the people running were once crawling. People that succeed at anything today flunk at many things in the past. It’s Ok to crawl; in crawling, you learn how to run. When the world is comparing you to a runner, tell them: that the runner today was once a crawler. Stop beating yourself too hard thinking you’re underachieving — you’re honestly not.
•Ask your mentors how many times they failed; I’m sure they will give you a long list.
•Ask your favorite couple how many heartbreaks they’ve experienced; trust me, you’d be amazed.
•Ask that business tycoon how many times s/he almost gave up; they’d smile and give you a long list.
•Ask any world-renowned person how many times they were rejected, and they’ll tell you countless.
Don’t let anyone for any reason pressure you. Only you, alone, know how much effort you put into your day-to-day activities. It is easy to be criticized for crawling because your colleagues are running. You’re crawling because that’s all you can do now; you’ll sprint tomorrow cause you’ve learned so much from crawling. The world that sees you as a failure today will celebrate you tomorrow. As long as you keep trying, giving it your best — in no time, you’d join the list of runners.
Lastly: You failed at a thing cause you need to succeed at it. Failure gives meaning to success. Don’t dare give up!
PS: Now, let me confess, I wrote this piece because I feel exactly that way. I wrote it for the two of us.
Again transition is taking a toll on me — somebody epp, e dey carry me dey go where I no know. 😩