::First off, thank God that the 2010 Nigerian Blog Awards are over! Hurray! I had a blast running it with happyBBB and tinuo, with lots of generous input from Sting, and I look forward to what the 2011 awards will bring, but for now, I’m glad to have my life back! I can read blog entries again and update my own blogs more regularly. I’ve spent the past two weeks volunteering at a music festival so I can see Drake later tonight, but starting Monday, my evenings will be my own again.
I have more to say on the topic of the awards, but I guess I’ll save it for that blog. If you have any comments, and I’m sure some of you do, please leave them here or on the awards blog.
::I’m thankful for the people I’ve met through blogging. My dad told me sometime last year that I attract good friends and this has extended to the people I have met through this blog. I’m not sure what is it; well clearly it’s not something I do in my own power. Maybe it’s the fact that I pay most people who leave a comment five Canadian dollars. It’s not much but in most countries you can get at least one coffee with that.
My life is definitely better for having started this blog. I’ve been blogging for almost eight years now and I have always been blessed to meet lovely people everywhere I plant a blog. My only wish is that I could meet everyone in person!
It can be hard to keep hope alive that you’ll meet the right person for you and get married and have those three or four kids your heart desires when you’ve been single for your entire adult life, but I recently read a book that kind of gave me some peace regarding the question of when I will meet a good man and get married. The funny thing is that I thought I was on that track but it turns out that things weren’t as clearcut as I thought! And this peace is probably short-lived, since I’m human and often falter. I’m sure I’m meant to learn to depend on God, and to stop trying to do everything in my own power. I’ve been working on that, saying prayers that let God know exactly how I’m feeling on any topic that pops into my head related to a future partner. I’m expecting a beautiful surprise!
My entry reviewing the book Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye? Trusting God with a Hope Deferred is posted on Chichi’s blog, if you’re curious. It’s long but you can skim it.
::Those things we take for granted
I was tweeting earlier this week about how I went out on Sunday and also before work to run/walk and how it would be easier to just not eat ijekuje (junkfood) ever again than suffer from this physical activity (I wish I could just say “No more ikekuje!” and it could be so). But then on the late night news I saw a man from New Zealand who had been wheelchair-bound for the last three years due to paralysis of his legs following a car accident. Now, thanks to this bionic contraption, I think it was called REX, he was able to walk upright! He pretty much gets into a machine for the lower half of his body which helps move his legs…hope you can envision it. Anyway, the news report said something like he was happy to be able to shake someone’s hand while being level with them. Something some of us do every day yet never think of.
I have a colleague who’s very physically active, but a car accident some years back has left her with chronic back pain. She gets so pained when she sees people who are jogging because she can’t jog like she used to. Imagine wishing you could jog? She’s nuts sha, but I get her point: it’s when something you take for granted is taken away that you really realize how much you miss it (imagine if someone told me I could no longer blog?!).
Hope these two examples remind you like they did me to be thankful for those things we forget to even acknowledge. And I hope you have a great weekend planned!