This love song has been playing in my head for a few days now so that’s our first post on the Love One-Four Countdown! *drumroll please*
L is for the way you look at me
With respect – not as a thing or a sub-par, below average individual. Not judging but loving me anyway!
O is for the only one I see
You are my priority. I don’t see me or what I stand to gain, I don’t see people or what they have to say, I see you and what you need and that’s enough for me.
V – Very very extraordinary
I don’t want anything in return – not in cash or in kind. I love you just because and that’s it. No reason – just because!
E – Even more than anyone that you adore
No greater love than a man who would lay down His life for a friend – that’s true love. Are you there yet?
There you go!!! 7 days to go people! Stay tuned 😀
Still counting down to Love One Four!!! It starts officially on 7th February (my birthday 😉 ) so stay tuned!!!
For now though, one of our guest writers has an amazing piece she sent in to share with us so while counting down and waiting, pick a glass and let’s toast – To Love, To being different and to celebrating unity in diversity!
Enjoy this piece by Shekie Gunju
I knew I did not belong when I became myself.
It was my strange dark and tough hair that tangled up and took five hours to braid while others fluffed their soft and wavy hair while it dramatically blew in the wind.
It was my height, weight and color that classified as too short, too fat, too dark, while everyone else bounced around in the fluffy clouds of their perfect perfection.
It was my use glasses, braces, crutches and every other thing signified a disability and handicap in my life.
It was my non usage of cars, tight dresses, fancy jewelry, expensive phones and everything else that was classified as ‘cool’. I always seemed to be struggling while others lay down together on fluffy recliners and talked about their fancy topics.
It was my lack of knowledge and understanding of their fancy topics and my exclusion from conversation because I did not have anything positive or even negative to contribute.
It was the absence of a partner or a friend’s back to slap mid laughter while I vainly struggled to hold my tears back. The absence of a friend’s arms or hands to hold while tears flowed out of my ears for different reasons and someone to be vulnerable with, because everyone else’s arms were occupied with holding and comforting themselves.
It was my inability to understand the way everyone else thought and functioned; why was I always the only one asking any questions?
It was my interesting and comfortable braids that I appreciated when the wind blew other’s soft and wavy hair into their faces.
It was my height, weight and color that fell into just perfect that gave me an identity as a person because the inhabitants in the clouds of perfect perfection were non-existent.
It was my disabilities and handicaps that gave me a chance to better myself and improve in any way that I could while the ones without any problems never progressed.
It was my sitting on the rough beach sands and non-usage of ‘cool’ things that allowed me to explore my creativity and find other ways to amuse myself and cultivate the talents that I never knew I had.
It was my lack of knowledge and exclusion from conversation that pushed me to read, research and listen.
It was the absence of a best friend and person to be vulnerable with that allowed me find God, the best person to lean on and cry to.
It was my incessant questions that helped others answer their silent questions that they were too afraid to ask and it was also the broadening of my knowledge.
It is the very thing that classifies me as weird and strange that makes me different and unique. My difference is what makes me who I am. It is the fact that I do not belong that makes me stand out for who I am and what I believe in. So, the next time I feel left out and out of place, I remember that my ‘weakness’ is also my strength because it is my difference that will take me to the top. So I thank God that I do not belong because I am not a puzzle piece but an imperfect star.
Be you and be proud! Keep shining!! Stay true to yourself!!!
Hi guys! I know I haven’t written a lot lately, please forgive me. Right now though, ganaijachic has a package for you. It’s called ‘Love One-Four’
14 days of love … This Valentine Season on Ganaijachic
From 7th February to 20th February
Including: My Love Word, 21st Century Fairytale, Picture Perfect Love and others!
Someone asked me how much can you write about love? It will just keep sounding the same over and over again. I thought about that and for a moment I questioned if this was such a great idea to have love spread over 14 days. Pause. I went over the statement in my head – I should spread love over every day of the year. If we all had the same idea of love, why are there preferences in dates or why do people break up or why do my parents act this way at this time when yours do not? Different ideas – different execution plans – One Love!
Feel free to send in your love words – When you think of love what comes to your mind? Just send it in to email@example.com, Your Love Word and why you chose that word. We’ll run it after the 14th day and you get to be a part of it too!!! Sit back and keep waiting – It’s Love One-Four from 7th February to 20th February 2014. Be part of us and let’s ride this Valentine Season together!!!
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