Wintermonths

>> Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Growing up in this cold country I never understood the full extent of what I was missing, in spite of this being one of the best countries to live in in the world, according to the UN. I beg to differ though, theres often newspaperspreads on how "unhappy" the ungrateful people who live here are. Don't worry I'm not as bitter as I may sound. Anyway, growing up I think I've had only one Norwegian friend. All my friends were from around the world, and as long as I can remember, they've all been complaining about living here, how they want to go back to their countries etc. Isn't it ironic? In Nigeria most people seem to be fighting hard to get abroad, namely my brother in-law. The grass is always greener on the other side somehow.
I have full understanding for wanting to get away from f.ex Nigeria, but I also have full understanding for those who want to go back! Since I met my husband, he's been never stopped complaining about life here, especially during the winter months (which makes up almost half the year). "It's so sad and boring, so much staying inside, no people, no life! There's no life here!" I understood him, but there isn't much we can do about it is there? Currently we're both tied to both jobs and studies. This year though, I have somehow managed to adopt his winter frustration and depression to full extent. Winter months have never brought much joy, but this year I'm just feeling all weird. Since coming back from Nigeria I just want to go back! Life quality is reduced to endless boredom in fear of the cold. The last couple of days its been -10C and me not being a full blooded Norwegian I just can't bear to go out. Neither can anyone I know, so everyone ends up spending most their time inside watching TV. Other Norwegians of course compensate by drinking huge amounts of alcohol, esp. during weekends, getting drunk and partying. I don't drink though, neither do I find such activities to be any rewarding what so ever. I find myself increasingly depending and looking forward to certain series and tv programmes. I hate that. What happened to social life? At the same time I'm beating myself up for not being appreciative enough. After all I am truly blessed to live the way I do and I think I'm spoiled to be complaining - So what to do? Any advices on improving winter life will be greatly appreciated. My current solution is to become rich and move to warmer fields...

5 comments:

posekyere February 4, 2009 at 12:54 PM  

Gee Adaeze!
I totally agree with you on your 'becoming rich' sentiments.
But they also say, if in Rome, do as the Romans do. Methinks, assimmilating the norwegian ways, if there is any such thing, will blow some of the boredom away.
If that is impossible, get involved with a West African Church or something of that nature.
Enjoy wintry Norway as I enjoy a torrentially rainy South Africa today.

Adaeze February 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM  

lol thanks for the optimism Posyekere. We are all planning to "get rich" one day eh? ;-) Sure I do agree, assimilating is my best shot. However I'm not willing to assimilate their ways of drinking etc. That'd just make me feel like I was losing myself and compromising my identity. Rainy is better than wintry! You dey enjoy o
! I'll still try to take your advice though..

chioma February 10, 2009 at 12:39 PM  

my dear u will become rich n move home..with all the issues we haveat home i still agree that home is best!.thanks for visiting my blog.

yankeenaijababe February 13, 2009 at 9:43 PM  

First time here and I must say the weather could really be depressing, I try not even think about the cold. It sucks!!Hope studies going well and enjoyed reading some of your post. Sping would be here sooner. Stay blessed.

Adaeze February 16, 2009 at 10:03 AM  

thank you both of you for stopping by :-)

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