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Pragmatic, reserved and a deep thinker who loves family, sports especially football where am married to two wives: the first, AC Milan who has my loyalty and the second wife, Manchester United who has all my undying love and pampering, lifestyle and society parties. Need I say the law is more than a profession but a lifestyle for me.

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As I lay in bed early hours of the morning, streams of ideas flowed in my brain on how to continue the journey of life. Two things however intrigued me the most: PASSION AND DREAMS.

Many authors and writers alike have attempted to beam light on how a man can be successful/succeed in life. In all those attempts, great emphasis is on the “follow your passion” philosophy while another school of thought believes that our dreams actually drive us to be successful.

Am sure you are as confused as I had been on many occasions with these two terms (PASSION AND DREAM). Then I opted to choosing a simple path to merging the two words in my life. Passion; is great enthusiasm or strong emotion, which is distinct from intellect indicating an immediate event. On the other hand, Dream; is an imagination, ambition, invention or the thought of possibility, which indicates a future event.

Hence, I am safe to say passion is what we already possess and dream is our future possession. Listening to a motivational speaker on my way to work sometime, I recalled him saying ‘if your work (job) is your passion, then you are assured of happiness and success.’ He swiftly added but have you not heard of people who have remained unhappy and unsuccessful despite taking their passion as a work? I became more perturbed on the issue, which prompted me to read and ask more from my colleagues.

In between, my memory reminisced on some important personalities and in this case, two footballers: JENS HENKE and GARY SPEED; both of whom one can measure as role models and successful men that had their passion as work; perhaps not as their dreams, no one can categorically say!

JENS HENKE rose to become German number one goalkeeper and in the rich football world, he was a wealthy man. In the case of GARY SPEED, he was a more accomplished professional footballer who upon retirement at forty years, became the national coach of Whales, happily married with kids, and flourishing as you might imagine; but to the surprise of the world, in different days, these two accomplished men were announced to have committed suicide.

Questions came begging for answers: were they not happy? Was it the marriage or what else did they seek? As I discussed with associates, I realised not even our passion nor can dreams bring that desired peace of mind until we find our purpose in life, which is a discussion already well articulated in “THE TRAVELLER.”

It is a great joy to follow both our passion and dream. However, when we finally accomplish them, the startling question is how can one be happier?

If artistes that have their passion as their professional work commit suicide or die unhappy despite their enormous envious success in our eyes, and great dreamers especially scientists can pass-away sadly in life, what then is the right path in the pursuit of happiness?

Do you ever think of how happy and fulfilled you imagined yourself to be years back or indeed recently on the fulfilment you would derive once you became a graduate, got that promotion, bought that dream house or choice car, marry that lovely lady; only to realise you still have lingering thing missing?

My people, the measure of happiness remains elusive. As I lay my head to rest though lost in thoughts, that which gives inner peace of mind might after all, be the measure of your happiness and not what the expectations of the world.