If someone had told me this time last year that there would be a time when we will all need to stay home to save our lives, I would have laughed it off.
But, look at us now. Sometimes I pinch myself to be sure this is actually happening.
As a healthcare worker, I had the opportunity to move around a few days back and I can tell you that everything is not the same anymore.
All I could think of was how much I miss and want the normal world.
We might never get back to what the world was before this but that is a discussion for another day.
Driving in Lagos felt too sane, too sane that it was so scary
The roads were too free, no yellow buses or kekes to cuss at
I miss doing the “you dey mad” gesture when a danfo does its normal thing
I miss going to the cinema; I just want to buy a movie ticket and popcorn and stuff enough “contraband” in my bag. At this point, I don’t care if the movie makes sense or not
I miss going to the beach and leaving almost immediately because the crowd was too much then drive around aimlessly to look for a less crowded beach.
I miss mama put, I want to go and eat Iyan and efo riro at Mama Hotel’s place
I miss going to the store to buy hot brown bread; all I can get now is cold white three-day old bread.
I want to party, I want to hang out with my friends and have game nights and crazy house parties.
I miss Owanbe. The live band, the jollof rice, the aso ebi, the vibe, everything.
I want to go to a restaurant to eat. Homemade food is the best but right now I am tired of “made-ing” any food.
I want to hug my friends and show up to their houses with wine so we can have a good time
I miss the gym not the exercise part: I just miss the gym
I never knew I would say this at some point but I miss the hospital. I miss going to work
Right now, I am tired of seeing my bed; my clothes and shoes miss me. I know they do, I can tell from the way they stare at me.
Lately, I cringe when I see random people shaking or hugging each other.
I’ll give anything for this normalcy to return even if it is just for one day
I know it is a good time to spend with family and friends, I remember I said it is a good time to reflect and restrategize but honestly I am tired, I just want to go out. I’ll restrategize outside my house.
I am not making any “new me” resolution. I just want to go outside.
Corona, how about you leave us alone, we see you already, we really do.
Well, that being said, please let’s social distance, wash our hands and stay at home so we can flatten the curve. See you on the other side (good side) of this mess.
Feel free to rant here, tell me what you have missed doing. I’ll love to hear from you.