Most of us live our lives like we know everything. We live like we know what’s going to happen in the future. When somebody asks us for help we just look at them and carry on with what we were doing, not knowing that one day we’re going to need that person’s help.

That’s something that I have learned so far, that life is like a wheel, it rotates. Some days you feel like you are on top of the world, like you don’t need anybody’s help. You feel like you are complete, like you will never need anyone’s help, but no, it doesn’t work like that. There is a saying that goes, “What goes around comes around.” So, as human beings, we must learn to help each other. Today you may be on top of the world, but remember tomorrow you might fall and be at the bottom.

I’m saying this because I myself have experienced this.

One day as I was walking around my village a young boy came to me and asked me to help him push his wheelbarrow up a hill. I just ignored him and carried on with what I was doing. I saw him as he struggled trying to push the wheelbarrow up the hill and instead of helping him I took a video of him and posted it on social media. I laughed at him carelessly and left.

The next day my brother gave me his car and told me to take it to the car wash. Well, I took it there and everything went well, but as I was on my way home the car got stuck on a hill and moved back. I didn’t have much of a choice but to get out of the car and push it. The car was so heavy that I couldn’t push it alone, I needed some help. Luckily a boy appeared from nowhere and when I called him I realised that the boy was the same boy who asked me to help him the previous day.

I became so embarrassed that I even looked down when I asked him to help me. The boy looked at me and said, “Oh, it’s you. Do you still remember that I asked you to help me yesterday and you refused? So the same applies now. I also can’t help you, as you can see I’m busy.” After saying these words, he walked a minimum of three meters and turned back to me and said, “Unlike you I have a good heart. I know that one day I might also need a helping hand, so I will help you.”

I became quiet for some time and after a while I said to the boy, “Thanks for making me realise that.”

The boy helped me push the car until it reached the top of the hill.

That day I learnt that we all must help each other because we don’t know what might happen in the future. With hands together we can accomplish anything, so always lend a helping hand, and always remember what goes around comes back around.

Tell us: Do you agree that life is like a wheel?