If you are by any chance acquainted with the Lekki Peninsula area of Lagos, Nigeria, you’d know that Ikota — where I live — is neither in Lekki nor Ajah.
It is somewhere in-between. But many times over, Ikota is either described as being in Lekki or being in Ajah. The truth is people are like that too; drawing their identity from something recognizable like the company they work for, the family they are married into or the sports team they support.
The most powerful thing about being in-between places, jobs, projects or anything at all, is the clarity that comes with it. You realize you are not where you want to be, and clutching at where you used to be or where you want to be in your mind brings you some sense of security. And this is human.
But this isn’t what in-between is for. Being on the road to your future is about the now of your life. What is it that you want to achieve with your life, now? Being in the middle of two points gives you control; it means you can intend, decide, figure out, plan, prepare and execute without a sense of obligation to the known.
Being in-between is a challenge to live and not exist; to be alive and not be stimulated by pleasure or pain; to be above the realm of animals and be truly you — fashioned in the likeness and image of God.
Are you somewhere in-between?