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A lot of people have cockroach phobia, and if you’re one of them, you’re probably wondering what there is to learn from those ‘disgusting roaches’? Well, just be patient. Will you? A cockroach feels very formidable especially when you go for the kill. It hides in dark corners and trenches, or flies out for its safety. Human Beings are created with characteristic nature of being formidable, several times, we hide away from trouble. We are not easily susceptible to our fears, as we figure out the next line of action, the next big thing. However, once a cockroach gets on his back, it struggles and fights till it can stand on its feet.  A lot of us are in this peculiar position. We are pretty strong till we are faced with numerous challenges that throw us to the ground. We struggle with the problem till we defeat them. Most times if it can’t get to its feet, it is defeated by smaller insects like the ants. At this point, it is tired and worn out from all its flight. Nigerians imbibe a hustling spirit and a never give up attitude. But the moment we get overwhelmed by our circumstances, we drown with our backs to the ground. As unorganized as they are assumed to be, cockroaches are very supportive of one another. Have you seen a typical Nigerian leave his brother in trouble? Even when we pretend to be difficult and evil,there is the spirit of brotherhood that unites us all. Irrespective of talks of division, we remain strong as one. The fear of the unknown allows for our attitude towards risk taking. Most times, one assume that the world is a dangerous sphere and every one out there is out to get you. Hence, we do not take risk of any form. Living in your comfort zone is alright. However, staying in your comfort zone might be a mistake on your part. Dare to do and not just dream the dream. As easy as it sounds, sometimes it is not advisable to set low standards for yourself. Push yourself out. Even when a miscalculated action gets your back on the ground, combat to correct your position. One reason why a lot are afraid of cockroaches is because of its wings, at first it appears to be wingless, till it flies off the ground. Although, its wings are weak and very breakable, the cockroach depends on it to take fly out of danger to safety. You can hitch a ride with those wings rather than be afraid. You do not have to allow the transparent wings stop you. Rather, confront your fears, and fly out to attain your goal. Be confident and secure your ambition. Overcome your anxiety and take small steps. Who knows where those steps would lead to? Cockroaches are the most adaptable insects on this planet. Hence, be flexible, move away from your structured way of life. Learn to rise above the tide and not drown with the waves. Never be afraid to try out new things.

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This article was first published on 3rd August 2017


Adepeju Adenuga is a writer (considering where you are reading this, makes perfect sense). She holds a Masters Degree in Literature in English from the University of Lagos.

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