I remember when I was 10 years old, like yesterday. It’s been over a decade now but it’s still like yesterday.

It was the birthday I waited 10 years to celebrate (obviously!) I cherished it like it was the last birthday I was going to celebrate.

I pestered my dad to celebrate it for me because my friends, particularly one who is only two days younger than I am had been describing how his birthday was going to be, how his cake would have a football field decorated on it and how the celebration would be much remembered, etc

Many birthdays have passed since then, many uncelebrated, many with mixed feelings, many fulfilled with loving memories.

But that my 10th birthday was so unique. Not because there was a cake, but because I learnt one of my biggest life lessons.

Let me explain.

My dad was a Public Servant with Nigerian Telecommucations Plc, a government parastatal at the time. He did a whole lot to give his children the best life possible, he made sacrifices for me to enjoy my 10th birthday, but guess what, after all the money he spent to make my 10th birthday memorable, not one thing was left for him. It was after the celebration that he asked me, what I had for him from my birthday.

I was stunned!

I learnt that I had been selfish, I had been extremely egocentric. It was all about me, no one else.

Now I’m older, I will be celebrating my 27th birthday on October 6th.

These were the lessons I learnt from my 10th birthday.

Hope you learnt something?

Kindly comment your thoughts with me and share this post on social media.

Thank you.

Let’s inspire generations together!

I remain,

Leke Ademo,

Your personal brand strategist

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1 thought on “When I was 10 years old – Leke Ademo

  1. That’s true, sometimes we tend to think about ourselves alone, not considering others and how they feel..we should love others like ourselves. Thanks Leke Ademo for sharing your story

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