There’s a certain of type of art, I have learnt, to being tuned in to what’s going on around. And it’s amazing the results that it can bring. First though, I wouldn’t be staying true to my melancholic self if I don’t state upfront the negative side dish that this comes with. An example is the tendency to analyse every single situation till the cynic that lies in your belly reveals itself. Take for example, you’re inching your way home around 5’0 clock from Victoria Island (yeah that dreadful place and time!) and for some reason you find yourself on the wrong lane, a few yards away from an ‘Officer Titus’ … so you push the trafficator, turn the steering wheel, even roll down and make some meaningless hand gestures to the driver in the next lane in a frantic bid to get on the right track before the traffic light. He/She turns, sees you and sloooowwwly turns the other way while closing the gap between his/her car and the one in front of him/her. You know this situation; you’ve probably even been that other driver (I know I have!) Maybe the car behind him let’s you in before the light turns green or maybe she doesn’t and you have to drive full 360 around Adeola Odeku so you don’t get into LASTMA troubles. Being simply tuned in, the way I mean, will get you thinking for the next few minutes about that innate wickedness chilling in our hearts and that sometimes manifests itself in human encounters. It’s crazy, I tell you. Suffice to say, it’s sometimes better to be blissfully unconcerned and tuned out.
But the truth is that being tuned out and unconcerned, you’ll be missing out on so many amazing experiences.
So a few days ago, I was happy when I randomly opened my favourite book to re-read -‘Beauty. New Ways of Seeing’ by Jean Watson- and I found a passage telling how she once deliberately compiled a list of lovely experiences to be encountered in her normal everyday life. Of course, this led me to compile a few of mine. What I realised in the coming days is that all of these experiences are so beautifully random and they are everywhere, and in almost everything. I became more likely to get carried away smiling at something that fit into my ‘beautiful experiences’ list than I was to fall into despair thinking of how annoying something was.
Below, I share a few off my list. I suggest you compile a list of yours, share them in the comments section too and watch how even dust might to turn to gold in the next few days …hopefully LOL
- Listening to a lovely voice come on …on the radio, in a song, a bird, off random conversations ….
- Waking up and realising nothing needs to be done urgently …this one is Besssss!
- Finding a “thank you so much for today, Roqeebah” message when my phone battery finally charges after a long day during which I did something for a friend.
- Lush green leaves growing out of concrete floor …much more common than you’d expect!
- Pay day!
- Slow whirring noise of equipment picking up when power is restored.
- Sudden bursts of energy on a bad day
- Music rendered in foreign language
- Transit through the Lagos Marina on a breezy, traffic-free evening …all of a sudden Lagos becomes the home you know you’ll never leave!
So there we go guys! A few things off my own list. You compile yours and watch how even dust might turn to gold in the next few days …
Please share some things off your lists in the comments section. You could be the winner of a framed copy of that photograph of The Lagos Marina! All you have to do is be subscribed to receive THEROQEEBAHO.COM updates via your email and be the first to share something off your list of beautiful experiences! Too much? Didn’t think so!