It is the best thing to happen to me in a long time.
So, at the beginning of 2019, I gave myself time to settle down and then began the process of paying attention to life — I gawked at and inspected my life and then went a little further.
I dug into the mysteries of the community I grew up in and then thought about life as a kid in that space. I asked myself: how different is the community today compared to when I was, say, eight years old?
I came up with some answers and then connected dots and theories, all the while rejecting ideas I had long espoused (because all that I agreed to when I was a child I am now questioning vigorously).
So, as I was learning about how the world interconnects and works, I gained a deep understanding of people, too.
Now, it’s crucial for me to have the ability to see the future while nestled comfortably in the present.
I will give you an example.
You might as well know that I decided to go back to being a footballer. The interesting bit in that fact is: I routinely go around the neighbourhood of Orange Farm juggling-and-walking with a soccer ball — it’s become commonplace.
Naturally, some people think I have gone mad. According to those people, mine seems to be an excessive play of football for a person my age (28).
Here’s the punchline:
In the act of living only in the present, they do not see the bigger picture. (Their feelings about the present become the curve they cannot go past — it becomes a hurdle.)
The bigger picture.
In four years‘ time, I might team up with a football institution from the UK that deals with sport clinics for children between the ages of 12 and 18. Their request might for Themba Jay Consulting be to design and deliver to local children a learning programme that first, trains the children to be great athletes; be disciplined and have structure in their lives, be valuable and enriching human beings.
To boot, they will read a lot, think a lot and will be taught to write \ document their thoughts and ideas, too.
Do you see how the above scenario only happens beyond the curve?