Won’t let go, Life Update. Hey everyone, I hope you are all well. It’s been a minute since I posted on the blog. There has been so much going on around the world, and that is why in today’s post, I am sharing a life update. Things are starting to look brighter again because the government are easing the Lockdown process very slowly. I thought this was the right time to share my thoughts on everything that’s been going on in my life during this Pandemic.
Won’t Let Go – Life Update
I don’t even know where to start with this post. I have so much to say, but where should I start from? And how can I talk about this without getting so emotional? I’m just going to start by saying that I’m well and healthy, and I am grateful for life. My family members have not been affected by Covid-19, and I am very thankful to God for keeping my family and me safe.
Before I start, I say that this post was inspired by the best gospel singer Travis Greene’s song ‘Won’t Let Go‘. I was introduced to the music by the love of my life, who has been my rock throughout this painful times. And this song changed everything for me. Listening to the words alone made me realise why I am still here. Despite everything that has happened to me, I never gave up. I’m still here because God is not done with yet with me.
The Lockdown period was extremely stressful. I tried as much as possible not to watch the News, but that’s the only way we will know what is happening. My dad left us in the UK and went back to Nigeria for ‘work’. At least, that’s what he said. Which, of course, upset my mum because she’s home alone with my little sister and was continually looking for ways to protect herself and my little sister. It was terrifying because here I am at home alone with my little girl, trying to stay sane and regular with a positive mindset, and my mum was sending me messages on my WhatsApp of some Remides I could use to protect myself and my daughter from COVID-19.
As a mum, I understand how worried she must have been and still is, but as a daughter, I was annoyed. I don’t blame her though, I mean, I would do the same if I had three kids and a grandchild who live in the same city and like an hour away, but I can’t see them because of a virus that is killing me everybody, every single day. 10,000, 15,000, 20,000 etc., people died, and the number was increasing every single day. Gosh, it was a nightmare.
I turned 30 in May 2020, and I couldn’t celebrate it. I had plans to host a party with family, and we cancelled the party due to Lockdown. Also, nobody remembers it was my birthday. Not even my own family. I had a very lonely day, but I did not even buy a birthday cake. I just celebrated by having a nice juicy steak dinner with a Red wine bottle and watching Netflix with my daughter.
Black Lives Matter
As if the world is not going through enough, here comes another crisis – Racism. I support my people, and I don’t understand why the police killings are still happening when the whole world is struggling to breathe. Scrap that – Why is it even happening at all? Why, why, and why? The chaos was far too much, the protesting, riots, world leaders not doing anything to support. Even my city Aberdeen, in Scotland, took part in the protest. A lot of people have lost their business. Families have lost a son, an uncle, a brother, a nephew, fathers. Even the women, sisters, aunties, daughters, mothers, nices. Seriously, what is going on?
As a black woman, I am petrified for my family. All we want is equality. The truth is we never stood a chance. We are fighting the same war our ancestors fought hard for in 2020, like seriously? I am utterly disgusted that this is happening. The fact that I, my future husband or son, could get killed by the police (who are supposed to protect us) because of our skin colour in 2020 is a total disgrace to humanity.
We are already going through Racism in our neighbourhood, at our jobs and in education. The difference between then and now is that we felt safe by contacting the police to help us. Now, we feel like be don’t have any protection at all, and the system has betrayed us. I am even scared to walk down the streets alone with my daughter because I could get stopped and killed for no reason other than my skin colour. Do you understand what that does to a human mindset?
The victims were innocent, decent human beings with goals and a great future ahead of them. You’ll never know what they have been through to get to where they are, and then the police, who we gave our trust to, they are murdering us? And yet people are expecting us to stay quiet? After George Floyd, a black man killed in broad daylight and surrounded by people was murdered by a policeman. What does that tell you? And the sad part of all this is that it’s happening as we speak.
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What does the Future Holds
Well, 2020 has not been the year we all thought it would be. I can’t believe we are in August now. All our plans and special occasions for 2020 has been ruined. Our whole life has changed forever. 2020 has been the year of the war, we are fighting to breathe clear and clean air, and we are fighting for the equality promise made to us years and years ago of which was never fulfilled. I think Racism will never stop. It might reduce, but it will never stop. As far as people choose to see colour and not human beings, we will never overcome Racism.
My family and I have decided to relocate to Nigeria for at least a year. We have had many family discussions about everything that has happened and how it has affected us. We decided we need a break from everything—a new lifestyle all together in Nigeria. We’ve always had it in mind but never dared to do it. So I think Covid-19 has given us a boost. I know it’s a significant risk, especially during this time, but it might just be what we need to reconnect and grow together as a family. Also, it will help my daughter and me to learn more about our culture.
I am looking forward to this adventure.
Life is too short
Guys, Life is too short. If I should take anything from this Pademdic is to Count my blessings and live my life. No matter what has happened, God won’t let you go. This is part of why I decided to start a new adventure in Nigeria with my family. I advise you all to do smart planning and start living your life. I believe that the world will be a better place one day, but the war has only just begun. It will take the next five years or so to get things ‘normalised’.
Covid-19 is so dangerous because it’s in the air that we humans, the animals and nature need to stay alive. And we have Doctors and Nurses risking leaving their families at home and risking their lives to take care of us in Hospitals. We owe it to them to follow simple guidelines – practice social distancing and wear a face mask. You all, we can do this together and win this war together.
I should stop there now. This post has gone longer than I expected.
I hope you enjoyed this post.