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Book Review: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Running has been something that I easily struggle with. When I say easy, I mean – I would rather walk, brisk walk even but run, well, unless i am running for my life. Okay, maybe that’s not true. I used to run. I remember a time when i would come home from work, change into my running clothes and just run. I didn’t keep up the habit, instead, i took to walking and aerobics but mostly walking in the company of my beloved mum and my sister. For mum and I, we would do so at least twice a week but three was always the goal (if not more) , then my sister would join us on Saturday morning.

Now…

I think i have fallen in Love. With running that is. Did you know that in the early 70’s running was considered a reserve of the wierdos in the society. Well, at least that is according to Phill Kinght the co-founder of Nike. In the book Shoe Dog, he tells in great detail, the coming to birth of a brand that has not only become an icon but a want for the exercise driven individual and dare I say a “must have” for athletes. From the company’s orignal name ‘Blue Ribbon Sports’ which came up as he recalled the blue ribbons that displayed his medals in his bedroom when presented with a partnership deal that would be the start of the giant we now know as Nike.

I don’t think the book was meant to inspire running, but the passion with which he tells the story, you easily fall in love with the running, the brand, the people behind the brand and their effort, the sacrifices that went into presenting us with the shoes and exercise attire that we now wear when exercising or better yet when running errands or chilling at home.

It gives encouragement to budding entrepreneurs, instills a spirit tenacity against any odds thrown ones way and the best part is….makes you proud to wear the swoosh symbol. If my pocket allows it, I think I might only purchase their sports wear for my #briningsexierback journey.

From the easy read, to the conversation like tone of the book this are my favourite excerpts…in the words of Knight..

Have faith in yourself, but also have faith in faith. Not faith as others define it. Faith as you define it. Faith as faith defines itself in your heart.

And for the one who has an idea, that only you seem to see as ‘it’…

Let everyone else call your idea crazy… Just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much thought to where “there” is. Whatever comes just don’t stop.

If you haven’t read it, I urge you to then let me know your thoughts.

If you’ve read it… what did you like about it?

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Book Review: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Life is a cycle. Rather we have been taught that it does exactly that – follow a cycle. If you are like me, you’ve been brought up, having been sold the ideal, that …you are born, you play, start school, study hard, make it into college or university, get a job, date (could have started in college or later when you’re working), get married and to complete the whole picture have children and live happily ever after. Of course no one ever prepares you for when, one or two things (sometimes everything) goes contrary to the expected cycle…….

Stay with me tells the in’s and out’s, the ups and downs of a couple (Yejide and Akin) who fall in love at first sight in a social hall, where they were both there with their different dates, to watch a movie, but that night marked the first of their relationship πŸ’• . Love blossoms and as the cycle follows, marriage which, interesting circumstances make the man pursue this agenda in a rather short but romantic time record( I won’t spoil it for you, get your hands on this read). She expected, no, wanted, rather prayed to be with child, but every month, the now dreaded Auntie flow would visit, and she would get that look from the in-laws. Soon enough, there was a co-wife whom was gladly welcomed as it was purported that if she had a child, the evil spirits would be waded off and she would have a child.

Such times try even the strongest of relationships and deepest of love. The sanity of the woman is often questioned when she turns to all manner of “miracles” to be able to feel, or be looked at, better yet thought of as a woman, for being able to bear a child. Many have gone through the motions and have come out stronger and happier in the end, as did the woman (#spoileralert, but I promise you there are twists and turns) and as we speak, many a women are going through such a period in their life – heartbreaking, sanity-questioning, realtionship – testing times that not even religion, or wise words and advises from women, even mothers would suffice to nurse the pain. I think the book gives an insight in what women and families go through when challenged by the broken cycle of life as it takes you through the motions…. You will cry, laugh, smile sweetly at small victories but you will somewhat walk in the shoes of one woman’s journey to be called WOMAN for the need of a gift… A child.

Have you read it?… What did you think? What stood out for you?

Need a copy? Get it here Stay with Me: A novel