On the first day of 2018, I asked the year to be good to me.
Dear 2018,— Harry Itie (@HarryItie) January 1, 2018
Please be great to me!
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I had gone through a rocky 2017 and I wasn’t sure what the new year held for me. I honestly had stopped looking forward to the new year because I did not see the point. Even though I knew that every year was going to have it’s up and it’s down; it’s highs and lows and that I was going to get through it, I was not optimistic about 2018. I wasn’t about to get my hopes up and so I asked that the year be good to me. Don’t deal me a hard blow. Don’t serve me opportunities and then take it from me. Just let me get through the year.
But 2018 was good.
My friend who is a photographer and poet, Obii Ifejika asked to take some shots of me on the last day of the Lagos International Poetry Festival. It had been an amazing week and I was so excited from the festival. The conversations, the inclusiveness of the space and the freedom of expression had me on a high. The high I felt at that moment, that time when it was just an excited guy and a great artist having fun, that feeling is how I feel about 2018.
Oh this year has been memorable.
Not just in the highs but also in the lows. I have grown more than I can even describe and it feels so good.
When I saw The Greatest Showman at the start of the year. I made the theme song of my life “This is Me.” The song captured my life so perfectly and it felt like the songwriters took my experiences and put in a song.
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
God has a plan for me in 2019 and I feel like 2018 was the year of grooming. There were times I felt like I was in the fire and I even feared that the pain will overwhelm me but I am still here.
It was in the opportunities that he presented to me this year that are setting things in motion for the future. It was in the relationships that had to go through a redefining process because of what lies ahead; I would need a strong support system. It was the career evolution I went through this year. How I went from feeling stuck to managing an online platform and now to find a space in a global platform with room for boundless expressions.
It is amazing.
So I am very grateful to 2018. I deeply appreciate the lessons I have learnt. I am also very happy for the chosen family I have been blessed with. Thankful that I have a support system that is constantly watching my back and is passionate about me being better. I am thankful for the lessons that I have learnt. I am thankful for the importance of knowing what I want and not compromising. I am thankful for finding God in me; for knowing that everything works together and that there is a perfect plan. I am glad for the international engagements and thankful for the privilege to be an advocate. I am also happy that my advocacy is motivating people to live their authentic lives. I am thankful for lessons in contentment and in understanding that I am enough and I have all I need to make it in this life.
This is the first time in a long time that I feel this way and I am not going to take it for granted. 2018 has been amazing and I cannot wait for what 2019 has in store.
Let’s do this!