Making Lemonade

I feel like when the story of this world is retold, I don’t where or how that will happen (I haven’t figured out how the specifics yet but I’m sure God knows) Kechi Okwuchi’s story will be top of the pile. I don’t know whether y’all understand, but stepping up to tell her story and then proceeding to belt out an amazing rendition of Ed Sheeran’s – Thinking Out Loud on that America’s Got Talent stage was a world event with so much potential to touch so many people’s lives.

Let me explain.

We all know she survived a plane crash right? But how many people, the world over, would have known about her if they were not following her story closely even after she survived hundreds of skin graft surgeries post crash and then went on to graduate with 1st Class honors. Such an inspiring story would have escaped millions of people if not for the America’s Got Talent audition.

I do have so many questions. Why did she keep fighting since that crash? Why did she need to make something of her life? She didn’t need to actually. Surviving all those surgeries should have been excuse enough to coast through life. She didn’t need to struggle to graduate with 1st Class honors (We all know how hard it is to achieve this). Depression could have been an option, suicide could been understandable. Why did she have to fight?

Life hands lemons regularly, we all get our share, there’s no escaping that. Even though, I know some people get lemons in baskets. But we are never given anything we cannot handle. The resilience of the human spirit is second to none. I don’t know why we always seem to underestimate that. We can’t cower in depression or expect the world to throw us a pity party every time we encounter tragedy.

I still don’t understand suicide and and the concept of hopelessness. I don’t think I ever will.

No matter how cliche this sounds “When there is life, there is hope“. A new day is always an opportunity to write a new chapter of your life.


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A descendant of the great Don Draper.

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