In this part of the world, the COVID 19 heat seems to have lessened, yet, we cannot stop reflecting and reminiscing about it—we grief the deaths, we feel sorry for the loss of all other things, we are not happy our lives were paused for the most of the year. Above all however, we’ve learnt great lessons— lessons on the little things we now know that matters.
#1 THE UNSCRIPTED MOVIE WITH THE BUYER/SELLER
Remember when you behave like a character in Nollywood, exchanging words with the buyer/seller why the price of your goods are just right or high, and you momentarily feel like the manufacturer?
It seems/seemed normal, like it’s our Nigerian lives when it happens, however, when Covid struck, and the buyer is more eager to leave almost as soon as they came due to curfew and the virus while the seller just wants to sell on time and go home alive and uninfected then we realize— this unscripted movie we see as nothing is indeed a huge part of our lives no matter the role we play.
#2 JUST SEEING PEOPLE AROUND
Previously before COVID 19, this statement would annoy some, ‘why do i just want to be seeing people, is it a party?’ While introverts would be like, ‘I hate seeing people’ and the rest. However, COVID 19 came, we stayed indoors for long and when we go out once in a while we see only a few persons, then we remember, remember all the disgust, indifference or norm we have posted on people we see in our daily lives before the pandemic. And now we know they matter, —the disabled, the mentally imbalance, the market women… Everyone, we now know they all matter.
#3 THE PARTIES!
While most Nigerians adore partying, we just see it as a part of the Nigerian culture, nothing out of the blue, just the culture. The pandemic however made us realize how much the parties mean to us. The party jollof rice, the fabric you get for the event even if it’s with a debt, the paparazzi and show off, the photographs…They all did mean alot now and it isn’t just a mere celebration.
#4 HAVING THE PRIVILEGE OF SAYING ‘NO’ TO GOING OUT
Now this is for introverts or ambiverts like myself, when we are asked to go out or mix with people, we often say no just because we don’t feel the need to for one reason or the other or atimes for no reason.
We however became convicts in our own home during the pandemic, ‘desperately’ in need of being asked to go out at least and you saying no— Or even surprisingly say yes, because now we know, either we say yes or no, it was/is a part of our existence.
So, when you want to regard certain things as trivial, remember the lessons learn in COVID and embrace what makes existence, existence.