LIFE AT 50, BY TONY TOKUNBO ETEKA FERNANDEZ
The greatest blessing that sits before me is the gift of the present moment.
At 50, I am simply overwhelmed with tears, stories and emotions.
Deep in my heart, I have felt and faced the journey of many deep roads, many challenges and countless situations.
Deep in my thoughts, I have embraced the spirit of resilience and the art to overcome, and so beneath that calm face, there are many untold stories and encounters that have shaped my being to persevere, look beyond the surface and to think outside the box.
Many untold stories while living in Northern Nigeria,
Many untold stories while living in Western Nigeria,
Many untold stories while living in South South Nigeria,
Many untold stories while living in London
Many untold stories while living in Berkshire,
Many untold stories while living in Oxfordshire,
Many untold stories while living in Yorkshire
Many untold journeys in 31 Countries around the world
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY many untold stories planted in the seeds of MY NEXT BOOK
The greatest blessings that sits before me is the gift of the present moment,
I KNOW THIS BECAUSE THE GREATEST PRAYER LIES WITHIN THE SPIRIT OF GRATITUDE
I KNOW THIS BECAUSE THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I CAME CLOSE TO DEATH
I KNOW THIS BECAUSE EVERY SPLIT SECOND IS A BLESSING
And so at 50, who am I to question the mysteries that unfold in our journey,
Who am I to question when failure knocks repeatedly at our doors, especially when there are many other doors hidden within the passage of life
Who am I to question faith, when the spirit of unseen blessings lies within our very eyes.
Today, I am blessed at 50,
Blessed by the will of God,
Blessed from a good family,
Blessed with good friends.
But I would also be a BIG FOOL, not to believe I am totally loved by many.
And so, I would like to take this opportunity, not only to thank you for all your birthday wishes, but also to let you know that I LOVE YOU TOO and I simply cannot wait to continue the journey of Life with you
YOU ARE THE VERY REASON THAT ADDS MORE SPARK AND DETAIL TO THE COLOURFUL SHADES OF LIFE and I am also looking forward to celebrating my 50th BIRTHDAY every single day for the rest of the month , and also to celebrate it with family members, IN ANTALYA, TURKEY, LATER THIS MONTH
THE HARD WORK CONTINUES, BUT THE PARTY HAS JUST BEGUN.
I LOVE YOU
Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez