Sometimes I Feel Like Bruce Wayne But Without The Money
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One of the most difficult questions I struggle to answer is this “what do you do?”
Most of the time I tell them that I am an Engineer by day and a writer by night but depending on the situation I might just say I am an Engineer. But what I would really like to say is this…
That every morning I wake up like Bruce Wayne without the money and jump into the Batmobile which is really just a 2012 Toyota Camry but at least its a sports edition so that must count for something. I drive through the crazy streets of Gotham and most of the time arrive to work like the Toby McGuire Spiderman … late and tired.
My co-workers tell me … boy you look tired but I just try to brush it off, if only I could tell them that only last night I battled 2-3 right-wing extremists on Facebook, wrote another blog article about another of my crazy experiences at Starbucks, that I hopped on an early 2 am meeting with developers in Ukraine to work out the next okadabooks.com feature that might just make our app go viral and went through yet another series of edits for another book I am writing … plus wrote several sketch ideas for the next episode of What’s Up Africa!
But instead I just smile and tell them “it was a long night.” If only they knew!
If only they knew that sometimes I get so exhausted at work that I jump into my car Fast and Furious style and zig-zag through the mean streets of Gotham I mean Houston so that I could just catch a nap in the comfort of my car just for 60 lunch minutes.
If only they knew that sometimes when the traffic is so bad or when I am so exhausted and the coffee + red bull + 5 hour energy have lost all effects … that I jump into a vacant
phone booth and rip my shirt off like Superman toilet stall not to shit but to sleep. Sleep, just like Will Smith in Pursuit of Happiness in the toilet! Hoping that nobody breaks in to see my embarrassing state … I don’t if this is what they meant by the phrase “If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.”
It’s the life I chose I guess … to juggle so many things, to sleep in weird places, to be infatuated with so many thoughts and ideas that when I walk across the parking lot to go home I could be
heard seen talking to myself like a crazed mutant. Now I understand how Charles Xavier feels to have a million thoughts in his head.
But then if I was Charles Xavier smart then maybe I would have written that book about the Class of Secondary School students with special Mutant powers or that one about the boy who could fly. But I never have time … as I stumble into bed…afraid to sleep lest I forget one of the many ideas that would make my blog go viral. So I stick a note pad to the side of my bed and wake up in the middle of the night to write down the ideas that float around in my dreams. But most times I fall sleep and wake up with a blank notepad and the cycle begins again.
But sometimes I wake up and I am no longer Bruce Wayne or Toby McGuire or Will Smith or Charles Xavier. Sometimes I just wake up feeling like Tony Starks … not Iron Man because I am afraid of heights and guns … but more like the human Tony Stark. Not the genius, billionaire, playboy but the philanthropist. Those are the days I wake up with the realization that despite all the craziness, it is sometimes worth it when you give to the world your talent. Who knows what okadabooks might become or how much that 4th book will sell or what disease this blog could cure next … lol
So on that note I celebrate my 33rd birthday a week late with a gift of a N100,000 to special person, someone (not yourself) who could use the help … a real life hero! Let me know in the comments below….
PS: Before you people come and do me like Linda Ikeji, no be me get the pictures o. Na for on top internet I find am. Ngwanu bye!
PS2: And big shout outs to Monale, Emeka and Adaeze for top commenting support do shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appreciation gift.
Written By Okechukwu Ofili of ofilispeaks.com
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