I am a strong advocate of living the life of your dreams because I believe that life is either a daring adventure or nothing. I had fantasies as a little child growing up in the numerous cities in Nigeria that my father was transferred to. My popman is a Pastor.
As a child and teenager, I can recall that we lived in many places across Nigeria and we barely spent two years in a place before we were required to move again. I went to four (4) different secondary schools before I finally graduated. How the numerous changes didn’t affect me psychologically and academically is still a mystery I hope to unravel someday. The relocations were usually kinda sudden…no prior notice or consultation because we were kids who had no say either we moved or stayed. We weren’t paying bills na…our own was just to moveeeeeeeeeee and gbe the body. I loved it in a strange way.
Back to my bucketlist before my thoughts will be turning on it’s own. A bucketlist is a list of things you wish to accomplish before you finally kick the bucket and exit this pot of beans called life. Over the years I have always had this list and occasionally, I update the list to fit in my new current realities. I will try as much as possible to be sincere and open about my list even tho some might be rated +72 or considered weird or unimaginable by right thinking members of the society.
1. Ride an elephant: Elephants have always fascinated me. Elephants look so comfortable to ride because they are so big and fluffy. I might just decide to run a degree on elephantology. Someone called me an elephant one day and deep down I was somewhat excited. I would have felt differently if she had called me a rat, mosquito or a monkey.
2. Go to a music festival: Music festivals happen now and then but music festivals have various degrees and levels of sophistication. It will be a dream come true to finally meet my favourite musical icons and maybe take a photograph with them in order to update my photo book. My biography shouldn’t be boring when I am gone. Afterall, daughter of Zion wasn’t boring when she was alive and kicking ass!!!
3. Sleep on my roof and watch the moon beautify the world: The moon is one of the wonders of nature that have always intrigued me. The moon is usually beautifully adorned by the stars in all of their glory and splendour. I must definitely sleep on the roof someday preferably on a lonely night to reminisce on my childhood. I won’t fall. Even if I fall, my dreams are valid and will be sharp enough to catch me from breaking my goddam waist.
4. Have a small wedding without the usual noise and fanfare: I hate noise. I detest loud ceremonies. I dislike that Asoebi nonsense we are often forced to deal with in this part of the world. My dream wedding has just 23 guests who are very dear to my heart. I might just pop up as a married woman the next day after we had a delicious conversation that meant the world to both of us yesterday. The only hindrance is that my parents may never agree as per daughter of Pastor Ojo that I am.
5. Explore an ancient cave: Sounds creepy right? That was one of my fantasies as a child and it still occupies the centre stage. I read lots of books that tasked my imagination of what a cave looks like. I want to feed my eyes and be free from the make-believe stories that might not hold water at the end of the day.
6. Adopt a child: Yeah. Children are gifts from the Lord. I hope to adopt seven (7) kids from several races and cultures of the world. I am not called Hall warden for nothing.
7. Go an entire month without using any form of technology: No phone…I am crying already because I am addicted to my phone. No microwave, no refrigerator, no toaster, no oven, no television, no air conditioner or fan, no washing machine etc. Technology is life… so how do I plan to survive this?
8. Attend Calabar carnival: It is as simple as that. I want to experience the beauty and graciousness of my calabar brethren in the Lord.
9. Swim in the world’s largest swimming pool in San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile.
10. Enter the forbidden city in Beijing, China: Yes ke. I need it in my boring life.
11. Try all Korean foods: Those people tortured my taste bud as a little girl. Temi and Oreoluwa my friends in the university were never in short supply of those Korean Jim Yung Jo Pua Pu movies that almost messed up my idea of an ideal romantic relationship.
12. Go on pilgrimage to Jerusalem: This is very very very very (very) necessary so I can add at least a worthy title to my name. Abigael Oyebola Ojo (JP). It will be so awesome to be a Jerusalem Pilgrim. I will stone Judas Ischariot on you People’s behalf. He deserves to die a fresh death.
13. Touch a life and give someone reasons to live: The smile on the person’s face will only be my desired reward. I want to be the reason someone wouldn’t give up on life. Someone lodged me in a hotel last month and spent a huge amount of money so I could just rest and pray. I was at the point of taking a decision and she felt I needed to think things through. That is the kind of person I want to be. Spot people with genuine needs and go all out for them to regain their sanity.
14. Start and maintain a beauty regimen: This is the most difficult of all the content in this my bucket. It can only happen in my dreams as I have decided to dream it. If I ever achieve this, I will finally go on a no budget shopping spree in New York City. Brethren of God, I suck with routines.
Finally for this episode, I hope to finally kiss someone I love on the top of a mountain, under fireworks, on a beach, in the snow or under the water. Who knows, I might finally decide to get a British accent and have a huge closet filled with oversized shoes, elegant bags and numerous make up accessories to paint my world colourful.
I can be that vain!
Till we meet again, stay cool but don’t freeze. Happy weekend sweetie pie!
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