My Mom always said, never watch a movie literally. Even though I know she was throwing a SUB at me being that I love watching movies, she addressed the children. But as time went by, I began to realise what she meant and saw that there was indeed more to a movie that concerned life itself than what we naively watched.
The movie In Time showcases a set of people who woke up one morning to find their life counting down to the end of the clock. Depending on how much time they had, they would all die one day, when the time ran out, not necessarily at an old age, abruptly.
Ok I’m speaking in fairy tales, let’s fast forward to reality. It’s December, the world aids month (yes it’s not over yet even though we have just today left). Now a lot of people have given Christmas sex and will give New year’s as well to that special someone they love or lust after or Set P with or….the list goes on, on the reason why most people shag but you get the point. Lest we forget, which we have, the Hiv/Aids disease is still out there.
For facts sake, over a million people possess the virus and the epidemic is still wide spread. Most people that walk on the street, our friends close by, sometimes, our shag mates, are all walking with a timer on their hands, counting down, and they in turn waiting to drop dead. They are healthy so we can’t tell from appearance at most times, the popular saying, ‘e no dey show for face’, they don’t have placards on their faces either saying, ‘Hi, I’m Hiv Positive’ or ‘hi I’ve got Aids’
For fear’s sake, most people don’t even know they have the virus. They ignorantly have sex without protection, considering less the possibility of acquiring the disease. Hello! It doesn’t give a notification like your blackberry does when you have a new message. And so they acquire it and go about sharing their new gift.
For reality’s sake, let’s cut the crap and stop playing naïve and feigning ignorance, endangering our lives and that of others, unbeknown. Go get tested today, before you enter the New Year, or let it be your New Year resolution to. Because whether we want to accept it or not, most of us, especially the ones who like to boast about sexual intercourse, are walking corpses, with a timer on their hands waiting for the moment when it will run out and life will be sucked out of them.
Good thing is you can add more time to that timer of yours, like they did in the movie by their handwork, but, by figuring out your status and getting treatment for it as soon as you can and start living on your meds. The moment you do, your time starts to tick, and you increase your chances of having more time, thereby staying longer.
More or Less, Regardless, everyone’s running by a clock. Some people are lucky to grow old and die at a ripe age; some are unfortunate, especially the youth who have accounted more deaths this year than an aged person. Having that in mind, and knowing we don’t own our lives and we aren’t promised tomorrow, we need to help ourselves by being In Time with reality.
Before our time runs out on us and all we’d need is a second to reach our loved ones like Justin Timberlake wished he could have had with his mother in the movie.
Know your HIV status today.
P.S Whoever can read that time up there gets a date with me, all expense paid.
Happy New Year in Advance.