In Nigeria, there’s a popular myth about village people and whenever someone uses that term, it connotes a negative foreboding. I’m quite a religious person, and I believe in the ministry and teachings of Christ. What I however do not believe in is juju and witchcraft. I believe as Christians, once we have Christ and have accepted him as our Lord and personal savior, we have the power to trample upon snakes and scorpions.
A number of people have tried to let me accept that there are principalities and powers despite my refusal. On the flip side, I know they exist and will torment you, lols, if you do not know God. I joke a lot using that word village people but it doesn’t mean I accept it. And when we say village people, it doesn’t necessarily mean people in the village are mean and evil. I still have aunts that live in my village and they are good people. Erroneously, we have come to think people who live in the village should be avoided.Erroneously, we have come to think people who live in the village should be avoided. How did we come to this conclusion? Click To Tweet
My Village People Encounter
The point of my post all boils now to the fact that I traveled last December to my hometown, Idanre in Ondo State and then to Lagos. When I returned to my base in Abuja, I fell terribly ill. Now, I haven’t been to my hometown in a long while and whenever I visit, I ensure I leave same day. This isn’t due to any reason except that my parents do not live there and I am not particularly close to any extended family plus I enjoy my space.
At first, the illness started as a joke because I hardly fall sick. I thought it was one of those illnesses panadol will fix but it got worse. Before I could understand what was going on, I was hospitalized and told my sisters, ‘Village people have gotten me’. This was really meant to be a joke but I dwelt on the thought till it became a truth.
Had I Been Jazzed?
Of course not because I had been moving from one state to another through bad roads and a poor environment. I have not traveled by road in a while and I did despite the bad roads. In addition, I slept in an environment my body is not used to and drank water that may not have been treated. I was also exposed to so much stress and an unhealthy lifestyle.
I fed my mind a lie that some village people who may not even exist were the ones responsible for my well being and that stuck. My mind reacted to what it was being fed and it affected my thought process. The brain is an incredible piece of muscle but it will only regenerate was it is being fed. Which is why we are advised to read books, research and learn new stuffs because only that way can we stay up to date.
Lessons I Learnt During My Illness
#1. Appreciate Your Friends and Family Who Stood By You
In my 2018 recap post, I talked about gratitude and said I am going to do a lot of appreciation this year. It is not easy when you are in a state of helplessness and have to rely on others to do things for you. If you are someone who is used to being on your toes, being in bed for more than 24 hours can drive you insane. It can even get you so cranky towards the person helping you as you may feel like that should be you.
My kid sister was super helpful around this period, she knows me so well and how cranky I can get. She was very supportive and bore all my excesses without complaining for a moment and for that I am extremely grateful.
To all the TBA family that called and send me messages, you all are the real MVP. Amaka, I wouldn’t be needing the fake butt afterall, lols. And to all my friends and family who stood by me during this period, I am forever indebted.
#2: No Man is Immune to Ill Health
I used to think I have super powers that will never make me fall sick. My fear of injections is one reason I dread falling sick. Once I notice any sign of stress, I take a quick break and get maximum rest just so that I do not see a doctor. The last time I was so ill that I was admitted was 16 years ago and I have enjoyed good health ever since. Imagine my shock when fever and some blood infection landed me in the hospital for 3 days and a whole week of bed prison. I was really perplexed and never saw that coming.
Dress from Florecer’s Place
#3: Stay Positive
At first, it was just supposed to be injections and drugs without being hospitalized but my head kept telling me village people have won and it may get pretty worse. And it did get pretty worse I hated phone calls or messages. I couldn’t even touch my phone for hours in a day and detest picking any call.
It wasn’t until I renewed my mind and accepted that I was ill because I was stressed and exposed to an unhealthy environment and that I needed proper medical care, that I started to feel better.
#4: Embracing Pain As a Gift
I did not realize the free gift I enjoyed in my good health and kept stretching myself to the limit till I broke down. Pain taught me a lesson to see the good health as a gift in itself. I learnt this the hard way but I am glad I did.
Pain taught me a lesson to see the good health as a gift in itself. I learnt this the hard way but I am glad I did. Click To Tweet
#5: Including Exercise into my Routine
As much as I am always screaming #fitfam, I stopped loving the idea of exercising. After my illness, I have come to the conclusion that exercising isn’t only meant for weight control but for a more healthy lifestyle.
A Little Back Story About The Dress in This Post
I won it in a giveaway from Florecer’s Place but alas, it was a size thereabout smaller. I held on to it for months trying to find a solution but there was none whatsoever. Hence, I decided to bequeath it to my little sister. On the day I stepped out of the room for the first time in days, she tried it on. I looked at my smaller frame in the mirror as I had lost some pounds and thought the dress should fit now. Alas, I tried it on and it fit like a glove. Immediately, I did a little glam up and the rest of the story are in those pictures.
Do you have a village people story? Share in the comment section and let’s enjoy a healthy laugh. What’s also one lesson you’ve ever learnt while you were ill, if you’ve ever been ill?
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