Today, I hung out with a friend I met four years ago when I relocated to Abuja. Let’s call her E.
I volunteered for an NGO and that was where we met. We clicked immediately and I just was drawn to her amiable and warm personality. We would talk for hours and never get bored of each other. I also liked her take on a lot of issues, and the calm with which she always addressed things.
E left the country for a bit and returned recently, so naturally, we decided we’d hook up because we had not seen each other for a while and we had missed so much. We did hook up, and it was a beautiful moment of hugs, catching up and plenty laughter. I would want to do it again and again.
I have realized that I do enjoy hanging out with friends. It makes me thoroughly happy to spend time in the presence of my friend while we gist, take pictures and make merry. I like being with people, and it’s why I’m not a party to remote working. Please, allow me to get all dressed up and go out to see people. I’m not doing remote something.
If I had my way, I would want my friends to stay close to my house so we’d see each other anytime we wanted. Forget that saying about absence making the heart grow fonder. I don’t want absence, I want you to be present in my life physically everytime even though I acknowledge that it is almost impossible. The feelings that are evoked in me when I am with my favorite people cannot be qualified with any adjective. It is too deep for me.
This is probably why you’d see my brands being people oriented and physical gathering focused. I believe that no matter how long an online activity goes on for, the peak is the physical meeting and it should be looked forward to. It could also be the Yoruba in me, you know that we like outings and events, and we have been described as people who throws parties to celebrate the success of another party. Haha.
Today, we are going to plan an outing and be committed to it. Bonus points if you are able to speak to someone/people and plan it with them, but if you don’t roll like that, it’s okay to go out alone. Just go to somewhere you’d meet actual people and look at them even if you aren’t speaking to them. But wait, you’d speak to the attendants at a restaurant for instance, and people who work at other locations you may decide on. See? You’d see people!
I’ll be looking forward to your plan and how you actualize them. You deserve to step out for a bit, please do.
This is a picture of me when I was outside a while ago.
I’ll be back. OBA