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A DIVE FOR LIFE: When Desperation Becomes The Only Answer

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Desperation has a positive and negative side, but most people tend to focus more on the application of its negativity. The negative aspect of desperation can be so devastating. Out of desperation, some people make impromptu and consequential decisions. And out of desperation, some actions that dent the foundations of beautiful edifices are taken. Desperate people can do anything because they have little control of their emotions when circumstances come with obstreperous and refractory variables. Little wonder why Suzanne Collin said, “That if desperate times call for desperate measures, then I’m free to act as desperately as I wish.”

Notwithstanding, the good side of desperation can give you the very best in life even if  you don’t deserve it. The very desperate have stood out because they weren’t bothered about fighting clean; they just wanted to win – they didn’t do anything illegal, they didn’t go against the rules; they just fought jagged and craggy, and then emerged. If you don’t really need it, you can’t really get it. Some desperations show that you really need it. Desperation is not a gentleman or  lady-like in nature; it comes with a super-human unruly aggression with unpredictable desire and hunger to get what you want. Until you get to that stage, you can’t win the most coveted prize – the gold of life.

If you truly want to know the totality of aggression and how it can help you win, go watch the video of Rio 2016 Olympic 400m athletics females final. In the competition, Bahamian Shaunae Miller was neck-on-neck with the defending Olympic and world champion, American Allyson Felix, and it was heading for a photo finish. Shaunae gave it all, but giving it all wasn’t enough to make her win. When it became apparent that her best wouldn’t be enough, she decided that desperation was the answer. She shocked the world when she threw herself over the finish line by diving across. The desperation gave her the gold medal, and she beat a six-time Olympic medalist.

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How desperate are you? How much do you seriously want it? Lance Conrad said, “People never know what they are capable of until all other options run out.” If you still have an option, you won’t fight like someone desperate, but when you run out of it, you will run like someone who aggressively wants to survive a tsunami.

On 13 October 1972, the Uruguay Rugby Union Team, together with some family members, friends and associates were aboard a chartered Uruguay Air Force Flight 571; 45 of them in number, when the aircraft crashed in the Andes – the Andes is the longest continental mountain range in the world. Only 27 of them were alive after the crash. As if that wasn’t enough, after a few days of being in the jungle without anyone knowing their whereabout, an avalanche struck and swept over their shelter in the wreckage, killing eight more of them. At over 3600 meters altitude, they had very little quantity of food to eat until they ran out of everything. Faced with starvation, they became desperate, especially when they heard the radio news report that the search for them had been abandoned. As hunger made those still alive more desperate, they resorted to eating their dead frozen family members, friends and colleagues. They were rescued after 72 days when survivors Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa trekked for 10 days across the Andes to look for help. According to The Telegraph, after 10 days of trekking, they spotted Sergio Catalan, a livestock herder in the foothills of the Chilean Andes, who gave them food and alerted the authorities. Out of the 45, only 16 made it home.

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How desperate are you to survive? When you complain of lack of privileges and opportunities, have you really combed all options to see if all avenues are shut against you, and even if they have, what are you ready to do to show that you really need it? I’m tired of people surrounded by so much, yet, too blind to see what is at their disposals. I’m tired of hearing the ludicrous complaints of thirst by fishes swimming in large oceans. Many fishes drown, not by waters, but by large seas of their ignorance and deliberate laziness. Do you know that in Britain, some people feign depression in order to get more benefits from the government? They are lazy, stupid and useless to themselves, their communities and the world at large. Yet, they’re the first to blame hard working people and government.

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One day, while working for a market research company, my wife was standing in front of the UK Office of their organization, administering a questionnaire to a respondent when a young man went to a recruitment agency in the building. He came out looking dejected, and my wife asked why. He needed a job but wasn’t offered. Then, she suggested that if he was truly willing to work, she would take him upstairs (their own office) to speak to her manager. His answer was, “I am not desperate!”

He had alternatives, which was obviously living on social benefits, so he wasn’t desperate. Legal loopholes and certain government interventions breed people who aren’t hungry; it gives them lazy options, and the lazy options chain them to the prison of inability to fight. We are raising children who can’t fight the odds of life. They can use knives to stab themselves, but can’t stab the very obdurateness that impede them from rising to better positions in life. I have seen adults who are children; they can’t beat headaches, but they can beat their partners 365 days a year. Some men conquer women in beds, yet cannot conquer what stops them from raising well educated and responsible families. Idiots!

Bahamian Shaunae Miller dived for gold. I love her desperation; it was a positive one. Call them cannibals if you like, but the survivors of the rugby team ate human flesh to survive in the Andes jungle, and they made it to tell the story. Not surprising, according to The Telegraph,  “Their story inspired a bestselling book and a Hollywood movie, Alive.” Hello Mate, “How desperate are you?”


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Ken is a leadership Motivation, Strategy and Personal Development Writer, Blogger and Speaker. He writes for a number of magazines and blogs. He is also a mentor and published author of several books.

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