I sat there like a teenager waiting for a date, too early, yet constantly looking at the watch. I had prepared for last night for over a week, and nothing was going to stop me from seeing this ‘Lady in Red’. I am referring to the ‘longest blood moon of the 21st century’, or so it was called.
When it rained, I went under a shade and waited for it to stop. I watched the skies when it stopped. There was no sign of her. I climbed up the third floor of the adjacent uncompleted building and looked around, in case I missed the direction she was coming from. I saw nothing but dark, cloudy skies.
After three hours of bracing the cold, my dangling camera and sleep-nodding head agreed that I should give up. My heart was broken.
Later, I saw adorable images on the internet, and read that sighting the moon was subject to how clear the skies would be. Being in the middle of a tropical rainy season, I should have expected less if only I researched more.
I have spent time recently writing about businesses and it has been interesting. It opened my eyes to realizing that the greatest challenges people face in business is when when business owners go into a business because other people are succeeding in that area. The profitability of a business is always subjective.
I learnt that lesson the hard way, spending hours, waiting to see the blood moon. I should have expected less if I paused to think that this was rainy season in Southern Nigeria and the clouds are hardly clear. That others were seeing this elusive Lady In Red did not mean that I would.
I had left defeated, going to bed disappointed. To wait for a date that does not show up is painful enough, but to tell others beforehand that you are meeting up with her is shameful when she does not show up. The moon is a shakara girl after all!
Don’t invest your resources and time in something not VIABLE FOR YOU.