“The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell right to the top. Don’t look back”


– It’s Time (Imagine Dragons)

My favourite line in Imagine Dragon’s hit classic “It’s Time” pretty much sums up my chaotic pilgrim’s voyage to personal growth and enlightenment. To some, this hypothetical heaven was probably getting married, to others, it was passing exams, to others getting that dream job and to some beating terrible odds to overcome tragedy.

Nonetheless, 1st January is here again. A major milestone was reached- we have lived to see a new year.

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We Made It. Photo by Fotorech on Pixabay

2018 will go down as one of my best years on Earth. There have been triumphant highs and depressing lows. Moments, where I felt, I was on top of the world to moments where I felt nothing was ever going to work out.
Let’s go on an amazing Journey through 2018:

THE HIGHS

A sensational blog was born:

After a somewhat WhatsApp status had gone viral, several people thought it would be a cool idea to run a blog. The truth was, I had heard about blogging and didn’t know jack about it. What’s worse I never had the natural talents of writing good stuff that made it to the school notice board throughout my 20-something academic life. I was scared it would backfire given Ghanaians didn’t generally like reading. I got a nerd pal who knew more about websites to set up a Blogger account and later on a WordPress account. After, becoming obviously frustrated with the deep learning curve, I knew it wasn’t meant for me. The 3 months that followed would change a lot of things, I will be granted renewed strength from Athena(God of Wisdom and War) and will write my first blog post, The Begining of Something Beautiful.

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Screenshot of the first paragraph on this blog(click the link up there to read the post)

In the first month, to my utter surprise, the blog hit 673 views, 2 likes and 27 comments. This will be the catalyst to fuel my passion.

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Feature Images of All blog posts on the Blog

10 months on with 22 posts, thanks to your amazing support and feedback we overcame expectations. We did this:

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A big heartfelt thank you to you all.

Graduated from Med School:

If someone had told me med school was hell, I wouldn’t have believed. With intense baffling hours of studies, “mental torture”, lack of a proper social life and several failures and a crazy number of MCQs(multiple choice questions), it all came to an end. We made it.

The Acquaye family finally has a doctor.

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“For what’s money without Happiness? Or hard times without the people you love”. Family
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A big Thank You for making this dream come true! Love you Mama.

Meeting amazing new people:

I made it a goal this year to let go of my insecurities and make new friends. Maybe I had grown tired of stale friendships, conditional relationships and friendships. And oh my! What a goal this was to become. I have met some really amazing people this year.

Thanks for making this year a great one.

When Uncle Ebo comes calling:

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On 5th November 2018, I released a heartfelt touching blog post sharing my irrevocable emotions I experienced while attending an Uncle Ebo Whyte stageplay for the first time. The blog post(YOLO: The Final Chapter) caught wildfire, shared so many times and fortunately got to the Maestro playwright and counsellor, Uncle Ebo Whyte. Do celebrities read my blog? I have no idea but this amazing guy took time off his schedule to read the blog post and gave his contact out to me- a stranger to get in touch. To say the least his email sent shivers down my spine. I was over the moon.

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Extra Motivation! Thank You, Uncle Ebo Whyte, for making my year beautiful.

There are so many beautiful moments, I probably might have forgotten but these beautiful moments tops all.
Rocky Balboa once said,:  “…the world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it”. Some depressing times that have left mental scars.

THE LOWS:

A dog’s tale:

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Photo by Anoir Chafik on Unsplash

Dogs are probably the cutest things on Earth besides babies. Growing through the years with them is such a beautiful sight to behold. From puppies with shut eyelids to hearing them bark for the first time. These are milestones worth reliving. But when tragedy strikes, the loss of a good friend of a dog is as painful as losing a loved one. After 4 years of catering for my 6 dogs, I had to endure the excruciating pain of losing all but one. To have 5 dogs die in a week, after 4 years of investment and bonding is unthinkable.
I really will miss you: Maya, FBI, Cindy, Sheeva,… RIP

When Tragedy strikes our Loved Ones:

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This year has given me a deeper perspective into appreciating our loved ones while they are alive. We all live thinking we will see our loved ones tomorrow. Truth is, while are busily growing and figuring life out, our parents are ageing.
Many are the people who have lost parents, a spouse and good friends, some of them being close friends.

My deepest condolences to all who have lost someone special or have been hit with terrible news- terminal illness, autoimmune diseases and cancer. It is my prayer, the good Lord comforts you, and gives you strength to overcome these trying times.

DR.C
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Remember, to enjoy good health and life while you have it. Photo by Aron Visuals on Unsplash

From Dusk till Dawn:

For some strange reason, on 26th December I thought it was a brilliant idea travelling by bus at dawn, specifically around 1 am in high hopes of reaching Kumasi by 6 am to freshen up and get to work. It was a decision, I probably in hindsight, will be ruing if grace/luck had eluded me.
15 minutes after shutting my eyes while reading on the bus, I would be awakened by shouts of Jesus!Jesus! Jesus! I took a quick scan around the bus and realized it was empty. It clicked I was dead. But then, do dead people reason? I touched my seat and felt the warmth of leather. I was alive! I got off the bus to see horror I pray I never see again my entire life. A bus returning to Accra from Kumasi collided with a Maersk Line cargo truck rolling it off the road plunging it into a low valley. The bus fell on its back crushing and pressing on the passengers onboard. I could see people shouting and crying for help. The horror was palpably horrific and grotesque. Try as much as we did, we couldn’t help these people. This could have been us. This could have been me.

TIME WITH MY AMAZING READERS:

What a year! But we really can’t write this blog post without hearing from you cherished fans and readers.

So I sent a broadcast message to the majority of readers to shed light on 3 questions.

  • If you were to give an honest review of LifehacksWithDrC what will you say?
  • What was your favourite blog post this year?
  • Rate LHDC on a scale of 1-5 stars?

And the feedback was just amazing:


Thank you all for the feedback guys. Definitely will make sure the blog gets bigger and better this year.

TIME WITH DRC

Finally, I took some time off to answer some reader questions. I promised to be honest with my answers. LOl. Enjoy

Reader: What will you pick as your best moment this year?

DrC: Definitely, Eden Hazard stroking the ball into the bottom right of De Gea’s goal in the FA Cup final. Mind you, Jose Mourinho hadn’t lost a final at Wembley! Antonio Conte deserved a proper sending off! Epic!

Cheer us on, through the sun and rain, It’s Chelsea, Chelsea is our name! FA CUP WINNERS 2018
  • Reader: What was my biggest achievement in blogging this year[sic]?
  • DrC: Hmm, Uncle Ebo Whyte’s email was cool enough but Ready Player One: Welcome to life getting published on a top African gaming website was crazy crazy! Albeit lacking the punch of the original, the post was so beautiful on their page. You can read their version here.
  • Reader: DrC, you sound like a very confident guy. What is the ballsiest thing you did during the year?
  • DrC: Hahaha. This should be secret but I promised to be honest right? Alright, so midway this year I decided to put together a 1001 bucket list of things I want to do before I die. What are the chances, you go on an elevator alone with your crush and there is a power outage? Lmaoo. So with that, I crossed out a ballsy objective- “Make out In An Elevator”!
  • Reader: How big do you think this blog can get?
  • DrC: That’s a quite interesting question. I honestly am a big dreamer! I know this blog will be the next best thing to happen in Ghana. 2019 will be awesome!
Finally,

Reader: Why is there so many swear words on your blog?

DrC: No spoilers, I will write a blog post on this when I am bored. Lol.

The End.
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Happy New Year guys! Have an amazing new year.
Just like Rocky Balboa ended the quote:

“…You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth, but you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you, no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, you ain’t gonna have a life”

Rocky BALBOA

Cheers, DrC