“…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.
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)
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.
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.