I Played Myself
By Grace Ancillar
For the longest time especially in those moments when my mother would shove me to bed in the middle of the coolest TV drama series of our time I would look back at her and scream “ Kana ndakura ndenge ndakurara pandoda (when I grow up I will sleep when I want) but I played myself. Listen to your elders people because they are a gift that keeps on giving (take a blog reading pause and hug your elders NOW). I wish they had warned me or they did and I never listened because I am no different from that donkey in SHREK (laugh out loud) but this is what I learned as I adult that my parents should have warned me (really loud) about or wrote it down because just maybe I would have read it and listened.
Sleeping is a big deal
I have had days that I am half-awake and running on doughnuts and coffee with a mid-coffee break of a cup of green tea because I am healthy and care about my body. Now more than ever I want to time travel and go back to my childhood days and take nap after nap because now sleeping continuously for six hours is a dream come true (or is it me). There was a time when I would set an alarm but now I just jolt out of bed because uhmm body is used to not sleeping. Can I confess while I am still on a roll? I am jealous of my nephew who knocks out for a good nine hours.
Sometimes my coffee mug has more than coffee
Ever had a bad day that forces you to cry unwillingly because it’s that bad? Yep, I have had those days. Sometimes after a crappy day I like to walk around with my Gilmore Girls mug filled with Olivia Pope’s favourite beverage of choice because self-care is important. Anyone else thinks those forced afternoon naps were important? Like we could use an hour or two of nap self-care. I really played myself when I missed those self-care moments.
I should have taken physical education class seriously
Sometimes I imagine that my belly fat is a punishment for all those moments I was too lazy to play sport in school because I didn’t want my crush to see how far my legs would go. I even regret the girl I asked to switch with me and run in our house’s hurdles race because she is still rocking abs and I struggle to do planks for a minute not forgetting how many times I have dodged people that invite me to run marathons. If I could go back I would give my all in physical education classes because if I had I would be fit and all.
Piggy banks were a lesson in discipline
I thought my mama didn’t want me to thrive as a child because I was rich but couldn’t use my candy money because nobody would open my piggy bank like nobody till my strong brother devised a plan to break down his. I should have paid attention to that lesson because now that I am an adult and have broke moments I just want an adult piggy bank (is that even a terrible idea) because I need to keep some money for emergencies and that vacation that I have been meaning to go.
Veggies were not my enemy
I really owe my dog Spider an apology for all the broccoli and spinach I threw his way because I preferred my mashed potatoes and meat minus the veggies. Mama was right, veggies are rad and good for me.
What do you regret not taking serious growing up?