"...a society that cuts itself from its youth severs its lifeline, but a society that engages their interests, enlists their talents and liberates their energies brings hope to the entire world” (Kofi Anan). Welcome to Jennifer Ehidiamen's online dairy. "Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation" (Nelson Mandela).
Ojota bus stop, Lagos. Photo taken on Dec 24th 2011
It is a New Year. As
you sit to count your blessings, take stock of last year and launch into the
New Year, remember to punctuate your goals with plans to celebrate and just
I sent lunch
invitations to friends and acquaintances last week. Some of the first responses
I got asked, “What is happening?”
Really? Does something
have to happen for everything? Including a friendly lunchtime? Are we
forgetting how to relax, without any strings attached?
Okay, I have to admit
it is my own fault. Most invites I sent out last year was a lot about serious
events. So the invitees easily stereotyped all invitations to such nature.
This year, I am going
to learn to take things easy and also encourage all my very hard-working and
smart-working friends to relax and learn to let their hair down. Once in a
while, let down the pressure from the rat race, feel the earth under your feet
and be aware of other things around you, like the color of the sky.
It might be very
difficult. Thinking too much about the gloom and doom predictions of Nigeria’s
economic and political landscape might mar an initial attempt of learning to
be. So keep your mind clear of those.
You can take some time
off and draw a side list of fun things to do every day, draw a map of safe
recreation spots unwind.
We are often told to
celebrate every success. I think we should not wait until big or small breaks
to celebrate. When we fail, it is important to give ourselves a pat on the back
for the attempt. And then, sit to reflect, re-strategize and learn from the
failure. To do this, you need to be relaxed :-)
Here are some sports
·Read a book or Listen to good music :-) My
friend, Chioma, is excited to join me in blogging on www.ireviewcovertocover.blogspot.com
The idea is to make reading a fun habit by writing one-page response about
every book we read this year. Reading is a fun sport. If you don’t like books,
try e-books. Or good music.
·Take walks on the beach. Many of us who live in
Lagos sometimes take the beach for granted. But honestly, it should top our
list of places to unwind. Taking a short day-walk on the beach can be really
·Talk with friends and families, over lunch or
dinner. Chat (online or face-to-face) with your close friends and family
members. Share, learn and unlearn things about one another. Sometimes, the rat
race and ambitious goals we set to achieve keep us from really knowing those
around us. But, don’t allow familiarity diminish your ability to appreciate one
another. Treat your relationship well and see your value appreciate.
·Travel to new places or re-explore places you
have been to before (in-country or out of the country).
·Develop a healthy Cinema culture: a movie with
friends (or alone) is also fun.
·Or just do other outdoor activities that won’t
put a dent in your savings (or wallet).
If you have been doing all these in the past
years, well keep it up! Happy New Year!!