Life Seasonal

Making The Most of it

“…Let the storm rage on
The cold never bothered me anyway…”
Lyric excerpt from Disney’s frozen

Nothing like a snowy week to bring out Disney’s FROZEN nostalgia.

I have to put this out there… Generally speaking, Africans are not outdoorsy people. Well, not in the sense that most westerners think – going hiking, climbing, walking, bungee jumping and parachuting.

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We don’t like to go climbing at mountain Kilimanjaro where we might slip on baboon poop, fall down and die. We don’t like to go wandering in the forest to admire nature and the green trees only to be bitten or robbed by a snake (apparently in Nigeria, animals not humans do the thieving) or be bitten by mosquitoes, contract malaria and die. We don’t like to go for walks under the scorching heat where we’ll most likely get meningitis and die. And we certainly don’t like to go running for the fun of it unless your life is in immediate danger. Otherwise some motorist, cyclist or crazy pedestrian may be certain to run you over and the result… You die.

Oh, we play. Just not like that (mmhmm)

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With the ongoing snowstorm raging around the UK (‘beast from the east’ they call it), it is quite refreshing and encouraging to see folks and families making the best of a seemingly gloomy situation; building snowmen, sleighing, snowballing and of course, making snow angels.

I guess it’s a glass half full or half empty situation.

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Living in Scotland, I now enjoy going out for walks and driving along the countryside. So does that mean I would embrace the outdoors and go out into the snow?

Not a chance.

15 comments on “Making The Most of it

  1. 😚😚😚😚😚😚😚

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  2. Rosemary Williams

    Nice one!
    This is true!
    We are prone to stay indoors.

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  3. Nice piece, I actually had a good laugh after reading it, more grace.

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  4. Lawson Ogubie

    Hahaha @ Not a chance. When Jedi drags you out to go build snowboy with him tell him not a chance. Lool. Nice piece as ever!

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  5. Tinuoye Henrietta

    We don’t look outo for fun outside our homes except you have a wedding or burial, hence you won’t miss anything caged in the house for warmth. I strongly advise that you stay indoors. You can’t afford to break you hip.

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  6. Millicent,
    Having lived in England for very many years, I had got used to making snowman with the children, throwing snow balls, going on long walks along the seaside in the summer but not hiking because as you rightly said, I was not sure the types of snakes that may be lurking under the dried or wet leaves as the case may be. We Africans tend to love our lives far more than the Caucasians and therefore don’t take risks as they do. Tessy, I totally agree that it is ones upbringing that determines how adventurous one will be later in life. Permit me to say that the black race don’t like going after anything that doesn’t add extra funds to the pocket and that could be why we don’t live as long as them.
    Goodluck with the blog dear.
    Hugs for the bouncing bundle of joy.

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    • Thank you for your comment Jofobbs. Yeah there’s a place for living cautiously and being adventurous. A little of both would be nice. Thank you

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  7. Irene Aniyom

    Good one Millicent. Congratulations on your baby boy. We’re all delighted.
    A few days ago, we had our own equivalent of a snowstorm. It was thunderstorms, and the television sets and even the refrigerator were negatively affected. No one would dare go out in such weather.
    Even though I’ve done a bit of traveling outside Nigeria, I wouldn’t attempt to ‘play’ in the snow.
    About thieving snakes and monkeys, these really are strange times.

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    • Thank you Irene. ‘About thieving snakes and monkeys, these really are strange times’. 😁😁
      Strange times indeed! πŸ˜‚

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  8. comicdispliez

    Awesome

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  9. Hahaha!!!! Of course not you don’t want to go out in the snow, slip on ice, break a hip and…d… lol.

    Yeah we just don’t play that, we Africans have redefined self -preservation. Hilarious article.

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    • ‘we Africans have redefined self -preservation’ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. So true! As always, thank you for your comment Dabs!

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  10. Theresa Edet

    Darling Adiaha Akpan,thanks for this post. Truly, some of us Africans may not take adventurous risk like the Westerners in such unfriendly weather but I must confess that those who live in mountains and highlands do.In Obudu cattle ranch hills,you find people and children moving bare chested and climbing very fast along very dangerous routes. I think it’s a matter of what a child has been used as he grows up.He can play or do anything ‘crazy’ if it has been part of his normal life. I remember years ago in the 90s when we travelled with a canoe without a life jacket to my mum’s village to bury her dad.My mum and cousin were so relaxed in an overloaded canoe as it moved ahead of ours because I guess they knew they can easily swim out or for them it was fun travelling back to village after many years. For the rest of us her children in another boat, it was a scary experience which we wished would soon end.The lesson I get from your post is that we should expose our children to more adventures when they are young.

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    • That is precisely my point! Train up a child in the way they should go. Thank you so much for reading and for your lovely comment mum x

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