I succinctly remember, when I got admission to the prestigious and premiere University, “the Hill of knowledge”, I met a guy who was given courses; Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. All through the conversation, he was not so happy like his other colleagues. His problem was that, he was not happy with the courses he had been given. He told me he was an artist, who was very good in animation and that art was his life. But here was his dilemma; he was given something he did not like.

Nature, in its own subtle ways have always been fair to the choices of man. The universe is a fair sphere that want all of us to be happy, thus do what we are happy and passionate in doing. Because, I believe that, whatever thing you enjoy doing is what you have been destined to do on this earth. But when it comes to this our part of the world, we have a lot of anomalies in the profession of a lot of people. Most people have been victims of what I like to call misplaced potentials. They find themselves doing or studying something that they do not have the love for. Just like a cockatrice that has been placed is marine water. What is the fate of a cockatrice?


I am a living testimony to the plight of misplaced potential. But I do not really consider it so demeaning and incapacitating. I believe, in every bad situation you will find hidden somewhere an iota of hope and joy. Currently as a Physics student in the University of Ghana, my passion and talent for creative writing keeps augmenting with each passing semester. I love creative writing, but I still have to study Physics. To me, it’s a great challenge, one that really motivates and inspire me a lot.

All that I like to say is that, finding yourself doing something you do not really love should not make you stop doing that thing that you love to do. You can be a Medical doctor and still practice accounting, if you still have passion for Maths. You can be an attorney and still be ardently involved in fashion if you still love it. You can be a Lecturer at the University and continue to be the left full back of the under 25 local football team. Nothing can really stop you from doing what you love to do. As long as the conflagration still burns in  you.


So my dear colleagues, just want to admonish you all. Do not fret at all if you are not  good in academics. Maybe that is not your field. Search deep within yourself, you will discover that there is the passion for a thing you like to do most. It may be singing, cooking, sowing. I personally believe anything thing that one can do with ease is a talent. And we have a lot of people with great talents; but have become dormant, due to their courses they are reading which they have no passion for. You do not have to be impeded by anything.  You can still spend time to develop your other gift as you continue to read the complex courses here in the university. Never neglect the gift of God that in you, the Apostle Paul told his spiritual so… (1 Timothy 4:15)…


Finally, to add to all that I have said, the fate of a cockatrice will be contingent on the decision you will make once you find our self in that unpleasant situation. Now from the immortal word of a famous Physicist Professor Stephen Hawking and I quote; ”There should be no boundary to human endeavour. We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run of the mill human being–but we share the same human spirit. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope…

Written by Jacob Osae Amanor


Jacob A. Osae

Posted by Jacob A. Osae

Poet + Songwriter + Screen Writer + Sci Fi & Fantasy Writer = Physicist.

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