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Describing Fear (2): The Day I Challenged Usain Bolt’s Records:

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How could I have delayed Describing Fear (2) for so long? Probably because I knew someone would laugh out loud at me as this second part is indeed laughable. Please enjoy it ( click here for Describing Fear (1) in case you missed that:

One December Morning:

When our gate man wouldn’t show up at his duty post despite several honks while driving out to work one morning  (few weeks after I was robbed at gun point) I concluded he must have gone about his ‘personal business’ as usual. Therefore without much ado, I stood in for him so I could get going as quickly as possible.

As usual at times like that, I stepped out of my car to open the gate myself, drove out – leaving the car at the sloppy entrance just after the gate and went back in to lock the gate after me.

I couldn’t care less for the trouble because I was too eager to face the busy day ahead of me…

I then returned to my car, fastened my seat belt, turned on the ignition, and made to embark on my journey to work. I noticed the whole street was strangely deserted : there was no single soul in view, but I didn’t make anything of it.

However, as I was just about to hit the road, a rickety car pulled-over just in front of me, totally blocking me in.

Then three hefty men alighted.

Slowly.

And suddenly, it felt like I watching a movie!

I froze.

Who were they?
Why block me in?
What did they want from me?
Would they pull out guns and order me back into the house to rob me?
Were they kidnappers?

A million fearful thoughts and questions rushed through my mind.

Then I Did The Unexpected…

Not being mentally and psychologically patient enough to wait for any answers however, I suddenly found my big figure dashing down the road as fast as my legs could carry me!

It is said that you never know what you are capable of until you are desperate. With my speed, I’m sure I would have won Nigeria an Olympic gold medal in a 100m dash- maybe even challenged Usain Bolt’s records as I literally tore down the street like lightening…

Strangely but truly, I cannot explain how I made it out of the car till date! Like the spirit that I truly am, my heart and body must have connived to do the magic without consulting my senses which were still scanning for answers. But once out of the car, they came in alignment once again.

That was what two recent encounters with gunmen at very close range had done to me. As it were, I was programmed in my subconscious to not want to see another recurrence…

I never knew I had entertained the spirit of fear to that extent and surely at that point, I knew fear had indeed overstayed its welcome. That was the height of it! It just had to leave!

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Thud! Thud!! Thud!!! I dashed along

Thud! Thud!! Thud!!! their footsteps trailed my every move… and that made me run even faster.

And in spite of the dilemma, I still managed to recall  Papa Ajasco’s popular comical incantation… And I think I actually chanted it in my subconscious…

” Me kidnapped? God forbid!… Rear tyre no dey meet front tyre…” and on I raced down the strangely deserted street!

As they gained on me, my body played another fast one as I suddenly found myself veering into the first available open gate!

My assailers followed suit like missiles!

Luckily for me, I found an elderly,  hefty-looking man in the compound beside his car. He was just about going out.

“What’s up Ma’am?” He asked alarmed!

I ignored him totally as I tore pass him into the compound panting for breath.

Mistaken Identity…

At that point my assailers had to stop. We then exchanged looks and we all felt very stupid.

“Why did you run?” They asked

And more importantly, to bring to my attention  and help me deal with negative emotions I never knew I had issues with so that I could also help others handle such having battled them myself.

“Why did you block me in? What do you want from me?” I asked in response.

They then brought out their ID Cards and identified themselves as men from some Security Service from ______ division.

I was highly disappointed!

Obviously, it was a case of mistaken identity. They were in search of one Mary: an alleged hardened scammer and 419ner who had duped lots of people to the tune of several millions of Naira.

According to them, I matched Mary’s description perfectly and sources had even informed them that she stayed on my street.

She had escaped several attempts and they had been determined to pick her up that particular morning at all cost. Hence, they had been hanging around since twilight awaiting her exit.

How smart and misinformed could they be!

Obviously, Mary had outsmarted them yet again because as at that time, she had packed out of her apartment and was safely out of the country…

And there they were breathing down the neck of an innocent citizen who was going about her business early in the morning…

What if it had been a case of gunning Mary down on sight? Hmmmm- I choose to reserve my comments on some costly mistakes of forces who are supposed to be ‘our friend’ as that is not the intention of this piece.

However, considering the misinformation and miscalculations in this particular and similar scenarios, you must agree that it truly was a narrow escape for me.

They apologized for the embarrassment and being not in the mood for any more troubles, I just let it go. And what if truly they had been robbers or kidnappers?

I let it go.

An Unwanted Guest…

I also did feel a little ashamed at how timid just two previous encounters with gunmen had made me. I who had always Fear33been bold to a fault.

Besides, my mind couldn’t rest as it kept pestering God for answers as to why all the spine chilling experiences in such quick successions.

To make me a more down to earth artist I presume. Or how on earth could I paint perfect pictures of emotions I have never felt?

And more importantly, to bring to my attention  and help me deal with negative emotions I never knew I had issues with so that I could also help others handle such having battled them myself.

I never knew I had entertained the spirit of fear to that extent and surely at that point, I knew fear had indeed overstayed its welcome. That was the height of it! It just had to leave!

I have since dealt with fear with God’s help and today, I am as bold as a lion- bolder than ever by His grace. I know you must be itching to know how I dealt with fear. Well, I’m releasing a series to address that on Each Day Online shortly and will duly alert you once it’s out.

Funmi Adebayo (c) 2014

About Funmi Adebayo

Funmi is a Content Creator and Digital Marketer. She helps Professionals and Startups enhance their online visibility, thereby improving their lead generation and conversion rates. When she's not working, she's busy listening to classical music whilst reading or writing another blog post, poem or devotional.
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