I’m back again. Almost feels like I’m the guest blogger not the other way round. How many days has it been now? Hey! Who’s counting? After all, we’ve been having a great time here. I don’t know about the rest of you though but I’m having a ball
And today I’m up again with something though it may sound strange but if you are anything like me I know you’ll be screaming huge thank yous right now.
So this is the thing.
I’m a city girl. Yep! Born and bred in Lagos Nigeria.
However I was born to ibo parents and you know what that means? Every holiday whether you feel like it or not you are going to the village. So Easter, Christmas and any breaks we could squeeze in between we were bundled off to the village – red sand, no light, no water, dust , animals everywhere . And it’s so not my thing.
Funny enough a lot of people I know look forward to this but it just never seemed to work for me. I didn’t particularly like it but hey a girl’s gotta know her roots right? 😁
so like it or not we would take that long journey and since the journey was inevitable, I came up with a survival kit which I have tweaked for today that I’d like to share with the city gal who will have to battle with village life challenges.
Here are a few things you need to make the holidays fun where ever you are.
please note that I am not talking to those “I’m from Lagos” kinda people. I’m talking to those people who know that the light in their village is like candle and it only comes on sometimes. My darling charge multiple power banks for your own good so you don’t go incommunicado. Just because you are in the village doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the rest of the world. So get a good power bank and whenever the generators come in charge it as if your life depends on it. Because to be honest it kind of does.
Also a good way to remind yourself of your awesomeness irrespective of your location
Right now a phone is everything. You can respond to emails, download movies, watch movies, take pictures to capture amazing moments, make videos to relive the moments, play games, read books and basically just stay connected to the outside world. Your phone has the power to transport you in minutes to any part of the world. You can be in your village and watch all that’s going on in any part of the world.
Note: Make sure you have a network that’s working in your village.
Ask before you leave for the best network. Just because your current one works in the city doesn’t mean it will work in your village. My sister sim is not that expensive o! It will cost you more to be unreachable and it can be quite frustrating. You need this because Incase you don’t have WiFi access there you can sha be managing your data abi?
As for me I’m an apple kinda girl.
Is the Lord speaking? I can manage iPhone 11 in any color. Christmas presents still work for me. As for me, I don’t know how you android lovers do it
Just make sure you have a phone on you that is actually working. That you can browse with.
Now if you have WiFi that’s working in your village. You should be celebrating right now. You should be screaming a really loud hallelujah right now.
In fact before you go, download lots of series and movies. Then when you are done watching those you can continue with your WiFi or at desperate times your data. Sha help yourself so boredom will not finish you.
Make sure you pay for your Netflix subscription. If you’ve never had one this would be a great time to get one. Especially because the first month is free.
Yes! FREE!!! Did Christmas just get better or what?!
But if you aren’t paying for anything, free or not then maybe you need to go in a different direction.
Who doesn’t love YouTube? We get to watch so many amazing series, videos, movies, sermons, conversations. Just name it and like I said the great part is that it’s free. Now who doesn’t like free stuff?
Yes. Free. So take advantage of it.
Make sure you are connected. Social media is great for this.
You will be in a remote village somewhere and still be in touch with your friends and family everywhere.
A Good Read
But if you are like me and would rather have your head in a good book then by all means stock up on books or magazines. I particularly like fiction at this time of the year.
I need to just step out of reality for a few days.
Now, I assure you that if you are going to the village it means you are going to encounter a lot of uncles and aunties who have to literally draw you a family tree for you to understand where they fit into your genealogy.
The worst thing you can do to yourself is not arm yourself with Smiles or a nervous laugh.
You are so going to need it especially when they threaten you with “you don’t remember me?” Of course you don’t remember them. So what do you do? You whip out the nervous smile
And quickly under your breath ask your mum who she is. I envisage that your mum will sell you out with “you don’t remember her? She’s the one that carried you when you were a baby” try not to roll your eyes. It will not end well for you if you do. Try not to be upset, your mum is just trying to be diplomatic as we all know that a Baby is way too young to know or remember anyone who carried it.
So just smile and find some silly excuse and escape as quickly as possible.
Also stock up on treats. Mostly unhealthy stuff 🙈🙈 I can’t believe I’m saying this but just to be safe carry your secret stash of sweet things o! If not be ready to be eating yam, plantain and veggies 😁 not so bad if you need to lose weight but it’s Christmas na. Nobody died.
We continue the battle against fat in January. After all he who fights and runs away lives to fight another day. 😁
So load up on everything sinful. To keep your mind off village life.
Now if all else fails. Just get with the groove
See the truth is you are already there whether you want to or not so no point worrying about not being elsewhere because you won’t get the best out of it.
So don’t be grouchy. Don’t be anxious. Don’t be sad. Enjoy yourself. Now going to the stream and playing with goats and chickens may actually be fun. You can actually sit under the Iroko tree …. Nope seems like I’m going too far 🤣😂
Okay so anyway my point is if trying to escape doesn’t work then be a part of all that’s happening. Who knows? You may actually enjoy it! It could shock you.
Who knows you may actually snag a handsome village prince or some exotic guy who just came in from “the abroad” to find a wife. Who knows God works in mysterious ways. 😂😂😂😂
Okay ladies. I gotta run. Thankfully this year I don’t have to go to the village for Christmas so I won’t be needing my own advice but wherever you find yourselves please enjoy the season.