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‘Family is everything’ – Ay Comedian harps on importance of taking care of old parents

Ayo Makun

Popular Nigerian Comedian cum filmmaker, Ayo Makun has shared his thoughts on the need to take proper care of one’s aged parents.

The father of two via his Instagram page clearly stated that family is not only an important thing; it’s everything, thus should be valued and respected.

AY Makun shared a video of a young boy feeding his grandmother and captioned the post, “When we first enter the world, our parents are the ones who protect and care for us. As we grow, they must adjust the ways they nurture us and help us grow. And then suddenly, one day, the script is completely flipped. Suddenly, we find ourselves in the position of needing to care for our parents. It can also be an incredibly challenging experience. Giving up your life to take care of an aging parent is a major commitment. You will both have to adjust to a brand-new dynamic. You’ll need to deal with new responsibilities, and may even face pushback. 

Let’s remain patient and give all our respect to our beloved seniors; they have earned their dignity through their lifetimes. Help support and care for the bodies of your elderly parents, because it’s the only body they have to live in. Family is not only an important thing; it’s everything.”

Recall that Makun had earlier written a lengthy note to his junior colleagues who show lack of respect, especially when he is so free with them.

Taking to his Instagram page the filmmaker hammered that because he humbled himself to get along with certain people as a friend shouldn’t diminish the respect he deserves as their boss.

He wrote: “Mankind is like dogs, not gods – as long as you don’t get mad they’ll bite you – but stay mad and you’ll never be bitten. Dogs don’t respect humility and sorrow. – Jack Kerouac

I have come to realise that while it is not palatable in the sight of God to be raising your shoulders up or portraying that bossy attitude, it is most times what you need to earn the respect you deserve from some human beings. When you are humble, there is every possibility that human beings will take you for granted. 

I personally prefer the simple leadership style of relating with everyone equally and freely. I love to mingle and relate with everyone irrespective of position or class.. But it has always resulted to outright disrespect. The minute I make some people very comfortable around me, they quickly feel too relaxed and forget to draw the lines when necessary. Most people fail to understand that no matter how playful your friend, senior colleague or boss can be to you, there are some stunts or pranks you can’t just make towards him/her. That he has humbled himself to get along with you as a friend shouldn’t diminish the respect he deserves as your boss.

I have also seen how the extremely bossy and arrogant people are respected by the same people who take you for granted.They thread cautiously around the bossy ones, and do everything possible to avoid their troubles. 

Rather than hanging around disrespectful people who might end up ruining you emotionally and physically, find a way to avoid them completely. Not withstanding i still believe being humble is a virtue. Let those who are taking you for granted continue, but the truth is those who appreciate you for being who you are will still hold you in high esteem.”

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