THE FLOW OF TIME

By Praise Etoh

It was a Thursday morning, 7:30a.m. I felt too lazy to drive my car, so my son booked a taxi. In five minutes, the taxi reached at the entrance gate, waiting for my arrival. I just saw the cab number and entered inside the car. I was so busy that I didn’t pay any attention towards the driver. I was searching for an important paper from my leather bag, so instantly said, ‘Please, go quick! I’m in a hurry!’

The voice came, ‘Yes, Sir!’

I was literally surprised when I heard a female voice! I stopped my work for a second and looked at the driver. The driver was a young lady. Maybe, around thirty or thirty-two! For the first time, I saw a lady, driving a taxi!

The car was running on the national high-way towards the destination. It was quite a distance from my home. She was driving perfectly well. Hundred times, I had travelled in taxi, but never I saw any lady, driving a taxi! I didn’t know, why I became so enthusiastic to know why she had chosen this profession. I started the conversation,’If you don’t mind, can I ask you some questions?’

‘Yes, Sir! No problem.’

‘I guess, you are well qualified!’

‘Yes, Sir!I have completed my education. I have done my MBA course.

‘Oh, wow!!! Why did you then choose this profession, instead of going for an academic career?’

I could see her face in the rear view mirror. She smiled and the way she expressed her views, I was really amazed!

Very politely, she said, ‘Driving was my passion from my childhood, sir! Of course I do respect each and every job. In this case, at least I fulfilled my desire! I love driving! I don’t mind for big or small job. I wanted a job where I can get satisfaction. I got offers from m.n.c but this one I preferred because I like it! I know, I can’t get enough money out of it, yet as I told you ‘I love driving’!That’s it!’

‘But, are you not scared of any danger? You know, there are some people who create problems for ladies.”

With a smile, she answered,’We can not give up our living just because of a few trouble makers! By the way, which zone is danger free, Sir? Once we are out of our homes, we must prepared to face problems.’

‘Of course, you are absolutely right!!! Nowhere is safe, but yet…’ before I completed my speech, she chuckled and said,’Sir! As long as I am getting humble and gentle passengers, I have no problem but every time I may not be that lucky! If ever that awkward situation comes, I will see! Why should I give off my hope just for an uncertainty?’

Frankly speaking, I was totally flattered with her bold answers and especially her brave heart and courage!

Within our conversation, we already reached at the destination. I was so delighted that I couldn’t resist myself, said,’May God bless you, my dear!!! I am proud of your noble thoughts! Keep going!’

She smiled at me with gratitude and slowly pushed the accelerator to move forward. I had enough work to do but unconsciously my mind was fully occupied with her answers and I thought,’Truly, how fast ‘Time’ is changing! There was a time when girls were choosing only prestigious jobs, once they were highly qualified but how easily this girl defined the boundary of ‘job’ within two words ‘self satisfaction’! Let the rest of the world deeply understand the importance and value of ‘the flow of time’!

(C)Ajiri Etoh

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