I got married five years ago and had to move to Lagos where Le’hubs lived.
You see ehh, I was born and brought up in Jos, Plateau State. Now, just google Jos. That is one place in Nigeria that is like Obodo Oyibo (White Man’s Land). Everybody knows everybody. One person gets married and the whole city hears about it. No one is rushing to anywhere. You don’t even need to use hand fan when power goes off. So you will understand how hard the migration was. From sane to crazy to the power of 100!
Life starts here at 4 am. I even heard some people actually leave for work at 3 am! When I first moved here, I was in a state of “mu-ga-ga-mu-ga-ga” for almost three months, until I had to commit the situation to the Most High in prayers! I needed sanity.
Sanity for me is the opportunity to exercise at least five times a week and prepare my own meals most of the time. This is one of the toughest things to do in Lagos. But, nna mehn, when you really want something you have to push real hard to get it and that is what I am still trying to do five years later!
Every day comes with new modifications. Kai! It is not easy. I feel like I’m always stressed out. Oh, no…scrap that! I’m actually always stressed out. But ten to fifteen minutes of exercise right before shower in the morning and evening makes a lot of difference.
Unfortunately, power supply in my area is on a “so help me God” level. So the idea of meal prepping is literally out of the window. However, parboiling my foods half way in the evening and completing the cooking in the morning goes a long way to save me energy.
Being a Mother of two, no… three (Le’hubs is my first child) now, makes all these harder, but for His grace. I don’t know which is harder…living in Lagos, being a Mother or just Surviving.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.