Growing up there was this love song that had lyrics that went something like this, “the best things in life are free, now that I just found out what you mean to me …..” I think it was sung by Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson.
Well I always thought those lines were rather corny. However, I’ve come to find out that the really important things in life are indeed free; good health, love, family, etc. – these aren’t things that money can buy. I was reading a recent account of how much it costs to buy cylinders of oxygen for Covid-19 patients on ventilators, and I just marveled at how much you and I would have had to pay God for breathing, had it not been free.
I am not someone that smiles very often but with the pandemic and the ubiquitous wearing of face masks, I suddenly find that I miss smiles a lot; I now appreciate them more. They don’t cost a kobo but have a way of making you feel good, especially when shared with others.
Another thing I miss is that feeling you get, sharing quality time with family and friends. Just sitting around the table talking, laughing, maybe watching TV or not, having something to eat or not, all of these done while discussing ‘mundane’ things. I find that man is really a communal animal; we don’t bloom in lockdown or semi-lockdown situations.
And another thing I have come to appreciate is sunlight. I love cold places and have never really been one to seek out the sun – at least certainly not the scorching African version – so I guess I, and probably a number of people have come to take the sun for granted. But have you noticed how sunlight is suddenly ‘trending’? If the sun was a person, it would probably now have like 2 billion followers on Instagram. With all the talk about the relationship between Vitamin D, sunlight and improved immunity, during a pandemic; even people like me are seeking out the sun. So here I am, enjoying a bit of sun before I dash off to run some errands.
I am amazed at the blessings of God that we hitherto took for granted. Count your blessings, name them one by one and you might just be surprised at the things you took for granted. And remember, just being alive, in good health, with a roof over your head, and access to data which is why you are able to read this, means that you are indeed blessed!
© 2021 Ekeoma Ajah
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