The journey of Discovery

Yayra Deh
Posted May 10, 2020 from Ghana
The journey of Discovery

I am a happy child... I have always been one and that has been my greatest deceit to the world. It took me a while to notice and accept but my life has been around a particular happening in my life. Maybe this is what is written in my book of life but the journey is taken daily and I have to discover what my story is. 

When I was in Junior high school (JHS) form 3, my father suffered a mild stroke. The daddy I knew was a strong man and was going to put this stroke down like he did every other obstacle that comes his way. I'll tell you how I know this for sure. You see my mother owned a beer bar and there was this very tall man who had come in to drink but didn't want to pay and this wasn't his first time doing so. My mother was fed up with that and you bet my father will not take that. I remember the man being way taller than my father when this accountant took off his tie dragged the man out of the bar and warned him not to step foot there ever again. 

I remember seeing him and thinking it's just a matter of time before this man hops back up and back to work. Little did we know that time was only going to turn its back on us. At first, it seemed he was going to get better. Our hopes were up there because I for one knew that I loved him so much and just seeing him happy and healthy made me happy. One year became two then two to three, he just got worse and worse until he finally gave up on a Sunday after six years of being sick and a year of being bedridden.  He left when I was in my first year at university. I remember not knowing what to do as my father's people were very cruel to us we had to bury our father with no help from the family. My brother sold his car, laptop, some of his clothes and had to borrow from friends to be able to give Daddy a burial. I remember asking myself what the next step was. My brother had to drop out of school and he was in his third year. I decided that I had to do something for myself and to help myself else I will have to drop out too. I started a business on campus. I sold bissap drinks, then fried yam, the electrical gadgets and I was doing well but not enough to pay the fees as I decided to take care of my younger sister with her "girl items". The plan was to raise some money to pay for school so I can graduate with flying colors but before I knew it, I was missing class and at a point, I couldn't make enough to cater for transport to school. I missed tests and was back to square one at the end of the day. At the end of the semester, I would miss some papers because I had to be sacked from the examination hall for paying my fees...when the results were out, I could not access my results because I had to pay to have access to my portal. I remember going to school one day and have a classmate tell me, "You are not serious oo, where were you when we wrote the IA?" and all I did was smile.

Long story short, I am doing my national service with UNDP and still have one more paper to write to be able to get my certificate. Now I can pay for it as I am saving money from my national service pay. I am the National Service Personnel representative at work and I am more than excited to see where I will go from here. My GPA would grade me as a second class lower student and that suddens my heart because  I know my academic capabilities but I smile and hope that my future writes my story as it is written in my book of life!

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Chi8629
May 10
May 10

Thank you for sharing.

Yayra Deh
May 10
May 10

Thank you for taking the time to read Chioma!

Chi8629
May 10
May 10

Anytime beautiful,.
Sorry for the loss of your dad .Don't ever stop smiling.

Yayra Deh
May 10
May 10

Never!

Tamarack Verrall
May 10
May 10

Hello Yayreh,
Welcome to World Pulse and congratulations on your first post. I am so sorry to learn about the loss of your dear father, and of the mistreatment of you and your family by his family. Your story will no doubt inspire others to find ways to stay in school and trust in themselves. Even when circumstances prevented you from getting the marks that you knew you were capable of, you kept going. You surely carry your father's spirit of determination, fairness and love. You not only found a way by doing national service, you are a leader, a writer, and a poet. I look forward to more stories.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Yayra Deh
May 10
May 10

Thanks for reading Verrall! I can only hope that my story inspires others.

Jill Langhus
May 11
May 11

Hello Yayra,

Welcome to World Pulse, dear. I'm sorry to hear about your father, and your rough time through school. It looks like you've persevered, however, and are almost there... great job! I really wouldn't worry to much about your GPA. It's usually something people only worry about when they're in school, unless for some reason the job you are looking for after you graduate asks for your credentials. I'm sure the fact that you have your degree, and that you are very hard working in determined will mean much more to most employers. I'm looking forward to seeing more posts from you and learning more about what you're passionate about and what your goals are.

Yayra Deh
May 11
May 11

Thank you Jill!

Jill Langhus
May 13
May 13

You're welcome!

Chidimma
May 11
May 11

Hi Dear Yayra. Welcome to worldpulse. What an inspiring story about your life. Sorry for your lost. Take solace in God. Everything in life is history and the good and important part is your a graduate and have your certificate, every other things will follow. Stay positive and always keep hope alive.
Stay safe.

Yayra Deh
May 11
May 11

Thank you Chidimma for the kind words!

Beth Lacey
May 11
May 11

Welcome to World Pulse. You have overcome so much in your life, I wish you success and much happiness going forward.

Yayra Deh
May 11
May 11

Thanks Beth for reading

Catherine De Freitas

Thank you for sharing sis. Your perseverance would allow you conquer every obstacle and you would be successful in all that you do. Be blessed.

Yayra Deh
May 13
May 13

Thank you Cath! You stay blessed too

Catherine De Freitas

Thank you. :)

Thelma obani 2020
May 12
May 12

Sorry about the death of your father..
Stay safe. Thanks for sharing

Yayra Deh
May 13
May 13

Thanks for reading lovely!

Anita Shrestha
May 12
May 12

Thank you for sharing

Yayra Deh
May 13
May 13

Thank you for reading!

Dear Yayra!

What an inspirational woman you are! Your family must be very proud of your achievements.

Congratulations in advance for your UNDP certificate and your GPA.

My deepest condolences to you and your family for the passing of your father.

Thank you for taking the time and patience to share your story with us.

Best wishes and regards
Love peace and blessings
Sabeena

Yayra Deh
May 13
May 13

Thank you Sabeena for taking the time to read and for the kind wishes.
Love,
Yayra

MUKABA ZAWADI
May 14
May 14

Sorry for this horrible story of the death of your father, and really courage to the brother who has provided this effort so that you are what you are today, in life we are never discouraged if you have the faith and you handle from the fear of God and you get me to work we never fail. Thank you for this story and for sharing

Yayra Deh
May 15
May 15

Thanks for reading

Vanora.Lee
May 15
May 15

Sad to hear your father left, and your beautiful life with smiles. Keep fighting and hope you will have a brigher future. Stay safe and well.

Yayra Deh
May 19
May 19

Thank you Varona! Do well to stay safe too.

MARTHA MADELEINE
May 26
May 26

hello yayra
my dear i am so sorry to hear you talk about the death of your darling dad as well as your academic difficulties.
be strong my sister, keep smiling

lemonadelemon
Aug 30
Aug 30

Thank you for sharing