A father asked his son who recently turned eighteen what first the thing he would do after becoming an adult legally. “I will party hard with my mates and get so drunk,” He said

His dad didn’t say a word. He understood that his last born child was now responsible for his own actions and decisions. He gave his son his blessings and returned to his study.

Around 1 am the following day a continuous call cut short Mark’s peaceful sleep. it was the police. His son had been involved in an accident; the driver died upon colliding with an oncoming vehicle.

Although James (his son) survived the ordeal; the doctor said due to several fractures in his neck and spine, he would never walk or use his right arm again. As sad as that sounds, he is better off than his mates who wished they perished in the accident due to several serious and permanent injuries they sustained.

Should Mark have stopped his boy? I don’t think so. Maturity does not automatically imply responsibility. The very fact that James had the liberty to “feed his craving” didn’t mean he should. Perhaps a little hesitation could have kept him safe.

Freedom is a gift but, I have also found that it could also be destructive. You are your own boss; the architect of your life. This is very true. However, sometimes it’s okay to defer pleasures for a later date. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

When it comes to the affairs of life, you have to be deliberate, when it comes to success you have to be intentional, use your liberty favourably towards your goals and aspirations, a little distraction; and you may be off the rails.

Live a life that is dedicated and focused on your plans. You will get critics, you will lose friends and even family. But, life is a journey better made with the right people, as we approach this new year, I wish you the ultimate best and the fulfilment of all of your dreams.

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