A little ways down the road, you’ll find a job.
After several months of job hunting , you’ll be beat and almost giving up. The ‘come tomorrows’ and ‘we’ll call yous’ will have gotten the best of you. They’ll have beaten you down to a near win. But just as you are about to give up, a call will come in that will change your life. They’ll say you begin Monday, “And please arrive promptly,” they’ll say.
A little ways down the road, J. Cole will come to Kenya.
After obsessing over his music for years, they will announce his concert. They’ll overcharge you, of course, but you’ll be ready for it. This is the moment you’ve always dreamed of. To rap along to every lyric at the top of your lungs because you know them all by heart. You’ll have saved enough money.
You’ll go and have the best night of your life.
A little ways down the road, you’re hustle will take off.
Maybe at some point in your uni life, you lost all interest in your degree. Maybe you weren’t interested in it after all but you couldn’t tell your parents you wanted to do music. To them music wasn’t a real option. It was just a hobby, like reading a book. But now you can’t pretend any longer. So you drag on with the course, doing the bare minimum because all your energy is focused on making music. It’s been over two years and nothing seems to be taking off like you had imagined. The process is slower than you’d expected.
Soon, one of the random singing videos you post on social media will go viral. You’ll be shared all over the internet like a celebrity sex tape. Promising calls will start coming your way. And that will be the end of your struggle.
A little ways down the road, you will graduate.
It must have been tough seeing your classmates graduate. You weren’t able to because you’d failed a few units and you have to wait a whole year to retake them. You’re now in class with people who were born in the 21st century and it frustrates you.
Study these units. Study every day and channel your frustrations into books. When the time comes, your name will be first on the graduation list, and you will graduate.
A little ways down the road, you’ll know who your true friends are.
It is unfair that you have to suffer to know who your real friends are. But life is unfair and unfortunate; you know this by now. It might be a financial crisis that gets you there. You will call, text, email and even go knocking on friends’ doors. Some will help but majority won’t. Cut off all these fake ones. But more importantly, make sure you’re never the fake one.
A little ways down the road, you’ll fix your relationship with your parents.
As a young adult, you fought with your parents more than anyone else in your life. They were ‘controlling and not letting you discover yourself.’ So you argued with them, fought with them and whispered terrible things under your breath. One time you got fed up, it was the last straw that broke you. You went ahead and said something nasty out loud. You regretted it immediately it came out of your mouth. Since then, your relationship has never been the same again.
Soon you’ll go home and apologize and ask for their forgiveness. It’s something that they never taught you, to say sorry. But you’ll say it anyway, because you mean it and you love them. They’ll forgive you, and your relationship will start healing.
Can I get an Amen?