Fresh air on my sunkissed face, seated on a bench outside a tailor’s shop. I stop for a moment just in time to notice life going on around me.
I see.. A mother scolding her uniform-clad son, loving him unlovingly. A businessman bargaining with the pawpaw saleswoman. An old secondary schoolmate driving by.
I see.. A toddler’s lower lip badly bruised from a playdate gone wrong. Scruffy-looking boys catcalling a babe. Me shooing a young boy from attempting to touch the functioning generator.
I see.. A loving and lovely couple pass by. The sun setting now, setting in its beautiful brilliance.
I see.. A stunningly convincing male mannequin sitting on a steel chair. Colourful bags on a rack outside a shop I can’t help but visit. Way too many people on an okada.
I see.. A rundown lorry giving off probably noxious fumes. The brilliant streetlights. I catch a whiff of suya.
Life’s all around. Take a moment to take it all in and be grateful. From past experiences I’ve learnt to be grateful for every breath I don’t have to force. Long story.
Life’s all around. I know you’re alive but are you truly living?