Thinkers Abyss

So last year, not sure when exactly, I saw the “Black Panther” trailer on a friend’s Face Book page. Impressive as it was, I couldn’t help but think to myself-“Somebody just stole my friggin’ idea! Are you kidding me?! Stole my idea and made it a gazillion and one times better! Great, back to the drawing board”. I’m not saying that I had planned on making a film about a black superhero-not at all…close, but not quite. I know nothing of film, cinematography, and whatnot. I do, however, know a little bit about how to use my personal skills to create an effect. Much like the effect that Black Panther has produced. And about that, how come I didn’t know that Black Panther was under Marvel comics? Team Marvel, right here.

I’m a reader. I read a lot. A lot of comics and other stuff, too. So that’s something I seriously ought to have known…I think.

I’m not really all that bothered with action films but this movie did strike a cord. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with the fact that I actually like Black Panthers  in general (Jungle Book fans, where you at? Can you say Bagheera ?) Or if it’s because I really just love cats (no lie).

There was just more to it than the bone breaking, and the misplaced accents. They’re a lot of deep-rooted issues there. Not going to spoil it for people that haven’t seen it yet. It’s worth seeing for sure even if this movie genre isn’t your cup of tea.

My favourite charter by far is Shuri. She’s such a great role model for kids, and me.  What she’s done, especially to little girls around the world, is the effect I was going for with my project. I refuse to share what exactly it is. Some of you are over sneaky and next thing I’ll just see you on a podium somewhere claiming a prize that rightfully belongs to moi.

This isn’t the first time this has happened. By “it” I mean concocting something fantastic in my head,  not acting on it and then seeing it materialise elsewhere. This other time, I had planned on writing a book. I thought about it for about for years until one day I got  a call from a friend inviting me to his book launch. Of course I was psyched for him but I was  bruised on the inside.

Another guy shared  with me his idea that was going to revolutionize the transportation system. He just had to work on a couple of things first. A few months down the line we were seeing Uber all over the internet. Someone else I know actually went as far as creating a prototype for  a University mobile app delivery thingy or something. Saw something just like it on CNN a few years later.

Who else?… Who else?… I’m sure they’re plenty more. I don’t recall such experiences with any ladies..hmmm..Actually, there are two I can think of but they’re already on a roll and show no signs of slowing down.

What’s the point of all this? For a start, if you have a brilliantly fantastic idea, I suggest you get busy trying to make it work. When it does work, keep evolving it and keep it relevant. That’s if the goal is to eventually execute it. Also, I should point out that the success won’t come in a day. If you start now, in the next five or ten years you should see the fruits of your labour.That means if you are 25 now, in 10 years, you’ll have accumulated enough daily success to be able to retire early, maybe. If you’re lucky.  I’m thinking the odds are better if you start earlier in life.

It won’t take as long for everyone. It could just be a matter of weeks or months. I’d be wary of that kind of success though. It vapourises as quickly as it appears.

I’d suggest you try doing this in tandem with your studies. If you have something you’re good at, tap into it. See where it takes you. Let me repeat that in caps, bold, and italics for a more dramatic effect:

IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING ELSE IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU ARE GOOD AT AND ENJOY MORE THAN WHAT YOU ARE DOING NOW. TRY IT. DO IT.

CHASE THE DREAM. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE.

EXCEPT IF YOU ALREADY HAVE OBLIGATIONS LIKE KIDS AND MARRIAGE OR WHATEVER BUT EVEN THEN, JUST TRY.

DON’T GET TRAPPED IN YOUR THOUGHTS. COME BACK TO US, AND LET US SHARE IN YOUR IDEAS.

Worst case scenario, everybody will make fun you and you will fail miserably. Then everyone will forget about you anyway because nobody has that much time (time to be thinking about you 24/4 forever and ever. You not that special) Then life will go on. Best case scenario? Use your imagination… the sky is the limit.

Don’t abandon your studies. I don’t recommend that at all. Ever. For most of us, this is the default and we need that cushion there for financial security. This is Africa-lets keep it real. Call it cowardly if you like but I call it being sensible. I’m all about taking risks but I believe they should be calculated.

So, I wasn’t planning on making a film. Eventually, I could. I came close to doing so but I guess generally, no. I did plan on doing something quite extravagant though. I might consider trying again a little bit later. I’d like to think I have some time on my hands.

But oh! my  idea was going to be sensational, I just needed some time. A decade maybe. Resources too, say a billion dollars or so, and of course the man power to actually manage the billion dollars on my behalf. That’s all I needed. Alas! somebody beat me to it…I see you Ryan Cooger et al.

M.

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