I’m about to let you in on a secret. I’m really bad with numbers, Me and some other great people like Bill Gates, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin. Some people refer to it as Dyscalculia but it’s really just a ‘slight situation or mix up with numbers and simple calculations’. So much is always expected of us great people so It’s a relief when we discover these flaws really. It means we’re human like the rest of you.
Despite my ‘badness’ with numbers, I’ve always passed all my maths and calculation classes, hey, graduate of Economics here (with a glorious B in econometrics if I might add). But I really mess up the simple stuff. Like the question if Barack is 6 and Michelle is half his age, how old will Michelle be when Barack is 100? Options were 200, 50 and 97. My first answer was NOT 97. So yeah, that kind of bad. But there are more pressing issues in life like ‘How many wigs does Donald Trump own?’ (That’s a maths question, solve that geniuses).
I was watching Tyler Perry’s ‘Why did I get married?’ And one of the characters spoke about the 80/20 rule. I had already rolled my eyes in preparation for some confusing maths. As if Relationships and marriages aren’t tough enough, they had to add maths to it. But I didn’t zone out and I learned a very valuable lesson. The Sermon:
My understanding of what he said, you’re with someone who’s really amazing but like all humans, imperfect and after a while, routine or life as we know it sets in, you get bored and discontent, and suddenly the imperfections start to glow like J.Lo’s bad attempt at a perfume or her butt. You choose. (See what I did there? Y’all know J.Lo’s perfume ‘Glow’ is really bad right? ). You forget all the wonderful things (the 80) that you love and have enjoyed with this person and start to focus on the missing 20. At this point you stop enjoying your 80 and are overwhelmed by the lack of the 20 and anything outside seems more appealing. This drives some people to cheat. You think you’re completing the sum when in reality, You’re about to forgo the 80 to get 20. Like the Olodo that you are.
Some of us miscalculate not just in regards to relationships but all around. We’ve got quite a lot going well for us, we forget to be thankful and take time to enjoy what we have, we’d rather focus on what’s missing which may be little in the grand scheme of things, cheating ourselves in the long run. The joy of the 80 is lost in the pursuit of 20.
My lesson from Tyler Perry’s homie, Focus on your 80. As for the 20, I don’t know what will happen to it, do I look like a maths teacher?