Dear Younger Self,
I’m not particularly sure what age you are at the point I’m writing this. But let’s just say anytime before the age of 15. Because you’ll finish high school at 15, and from then on, it’s a whirl wind of non-stop school, and then life happens – Uni, Law School, Masters, Marriage & Career. And trust me, there’ll be hardly any time to learn these skills.
You remember all those long vacations you longed for what to do. Well well! You could have learned these! When I list them below, you’ll be surprised – like surely everyone else can do this. What did you do with your childhood? Yeah Yeah. Reading Enid Blyton. Ok, let’s delve right in!
Jump Rope aka Skip:
Hey younger self. Surely there’s an explanation for this! How do you not even know how to skip? As an adult, that seems incomprehensible! Everyone knows how to skip. Now that I think of it, you weren’t so great with those skipping games where two people held the end of the ropes and one person jumped while everyone sang “where were you born” & “when will you marry“.
If you care to know anyway, you’ll get married in 2014 (but no his name isn’t Brian Williams, as you note in your junior school essay!). Back to skipping. You’ll feel pretty bad, when you try to learn to skip at 27. Because they say it’s an awesome way to burn calories! You thought you’ll be skinny forever or that your constant chatter will be enough to burn them? You’ll be amazed that people can do 7,000 skips in a row. But hey hey, don’t cry. Anything is possible! We got this. You skipped 40 at once a couple of days ago. And the difference between 7000 and 40 is not THAT much. Just keep going. One jump at a time!
I wish I could show you the future video of you trying to learn to swim at 26. It’s absolutely hilarious! Much more so, because at the other end of the pool, the people learning are between 3 months to 7 years! Maybe you should have spent more time actually trying to learn this than being interested in the Chicken, Chips and Hot-dogs at Ikoyi Club. I’ll give it to you though. They had the best meals. But it’s fine. The weird thing about this is how much you’ll love to buy swimming suits when you’re older, without actually knowing how to swim!
But I’m so proud of you. Even deciding at all to take lessons and making it for 10 am almost every Saturday. You’ll be terrified the first day. Learning to breathe. Learning to flap your legs. But goodness, you do love the water! You’ll find it absolutely relaxing. And when you eventually ‘swim’ from one end of the pool to the other? Awesome. Such a shame, that at the time of this letter, you haven’t learnt it completely because your schedule got really tight and your instructor cancelled. But soon! If not your husband has threatened that while he and the kids go swimming, you’ll be taking their photos and holding the bags.
Ride a Bike
This may not have been necessary so much while growing up in Nigeria. But I really wish you’ll learn. Because you’ll go to Cambridge where everyone (yes, even the Dean of the Law faculty) rides a bike. And you’ll be forced to walk 45 mins to school because you can’t ride. In the cold! Like swimming, your husband will also threaten that he and the kids will ride around the neighbourhood and you’ll be the ‘uncool one’.
Learn to sew girl. It’s important. I wish you’ll actually learn to sew with a proper sewing machine. I know I know, you haven’t even learnt to sew a button on very well. But don’t get it for granted that you’ll always have such service available around you for cheap.
In 2016, you go into a shop in the UK, with about 15 pairs of trousers to amend the waist, and they’ll price it at £22.50 for one. You’ll then graciously walk out of the store wishing you could sew. Plus DIY, and jazzing up your own clothes will be so in in the future. So, take those Home Economics classes seriously! And if you’ve got some time, learn to knit too. So some day you can sit on a rocking chair and knit, and look cool-ish.
Well, this is just kind of cool don’t you think. But maybe it’s just not in you. Remember how even when everyone could play “Mary had a little lamb” with the recorder (flute), you still struggled. I guess if there’s any I’ll have loved you to learn, it’s the Piano. Pianos are really gorgeous with their white and black keys.
It’s funny how you were so excellent in theoretical music. Even getting a distinction in Music examinations including the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) exams. To be fair this just stems from the fact that you’re not a music person. But yeah, while we are at that, maybe get interested in music. The only songs you know are ABBA, Dolly Parton and all the songs mum sings! That’s why your future husband will tease you that you must be from another generation! You’ll still love hymns though – and insist on singing all 4 stanzas in your head even after the choir stopped at the second. Oh yeah, maybe you could learn to dance as well. That way, you won’t spend so much time getting worried about how you’ll dance at you wedding.
No, I’m not saying you should learn to drive at 12. But maybe take a bit more interest in a car and you know, learn the difference between the brake and the accelerator. That way, you’ll avoid hitting the accelerator instead of the brake and running into mum’s car and almost scarring yourself from driving for life. Also, you’ll have to learn to drive in the UK, and that may just be the hardest thing you’ve ever hard to do – plus the one you’ve failed the most. You may not believe me, but you’ll fail this driving test three times. Hahaha. Go and learn!
If you could learn to type very fast that’ll be great! You’ll end up being a lawyer. Don’t get excited. Not the kind you read in the John Grisham novels. That’s lowkey a scam. Neither are you repairing all of the injustice in the world. You’re a solicitor drafting a lot of documents, so typing fast is a skill. But don’t fear, you like what you do. For now!
Ultimately though, I think you’re fine. And I’m pretty sure in no time you’ll tick these things off. Say before 30? Don’t sweat it. Now I’ve probably taken too much of your time. Go back to reading or chatting. I’m incredibly proud of you and all that you’ll go on to achieve!
Love you loads!
Your 27, going on 28 year old self!
That’s my letter guys!
Decided to write this post after Berry Dakara (remember I said I met her in my May Recap) tweeted about my inability to jump rope, saying that she wished someone could give her a time machine to whisk me to the past so I could learn. So we decided that I’ll write all the things I wish I could do, and she writes all the things she did as a child.
Check out Berry’s post here on all the fun things she did as a child!
You turn! If you had to go back, what will you wish your younger self will learn how to do? Are you currently trying to learn any of them? It’s never too late by the way, so find a way and go for it! What life skills do you think everyone should know? Do you think Cooking is one of them? I remember taking cookery / baking classes one summer, and it was so much fun!
ppS: I wish I had lots of cute photos to include in this post. They’re mostly back in Nigeria, but check out this cute one on my Instagram. If you’re on Twitter, let’ connect. It’s best for banter! – @KacheeTee
Read too: How I almost became a quack doctor! and a failed UK driving test experience.
SogieSeptember 21, 2016 at 06:37
I love this post, I love it a lot. The title got me to click since I still consider myself young so I can see which one I need to learn immediately. Truthfully except jump rope I can’t do any other lol (very shameful). Ever since I got back from school I’ve been screaming bout driving lessons still haven’t gone to take em, going to sign up immediately now. Oh oh oh I can type fast so yay me. I could swim as a child but I can’t anymore, don’t know what happened I just scared of the water. I don’t think I can ride a bike, I feel I can though but I doubt lol. I’ve always wanted to play a musical instrument but just so I can make mouth that I play one. Your hubby is so fun , please learn oh so the kids don’t think mummy is boring lol. You are one of the coolest adults I know, your kids are going to be blessed. Itsdivadiaries.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 21:17
Hahahahaha. There’s still time to learn. I’m sure you can still swim. It’s one of those things people don’t forget. Just get over your initial fear. And you should take driving lessons! My mum taught me in six weeks, so it’s not that hard. I just need to get my UK license.To be honest, I need to learn. No one wants to be the uncool boring mummy! I’m going to save that your last line and show them! WHOOOP. Thanks Sogie. Appreciate!
BababiSeptember 21, 2016 at 07:17
Lol….I guess I was lucky. My parents wanted their children to be independent in whatever situation they found themselves so they took time out to teach us as much as they could including changing a car tyre, using a fire extinguisher to kill a flame, fixing a bad TV and doing electrical wiring around the house. Weird, but I know how to do all those. I also know how to do all on your list except ride a bike 😂.I remember when my dad began teaching us to ride a bike, we started with the learners wheels (the extra small wheels attached to the back tyre). It was fun. But when he took the learners wheels off and I saw how my brothers fell and got injured, I just gave up. Sadly, my brothers continued and perfected riding while I just shamefully gave up. I didn’t think I regretted my actions until I visited Denmark and almost the whole population rides a bike. Hian, then I felt uncool to be taking the bus.Ps: if you were in Nigeria, I’ll teach you how to swim (FOC). I taught my roommates in Uni how to swim; that was my first and thankfully none of them drowned under my watch. Now I teach friends and kids how to swim (FOC) because it’s my hobby. As long as I can get a free time on my schedule.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 21:19
Babe. You need to explain. What do you mean you can fix a bad TV and electric wiring? LMAO. As for Bike, it was like that in Amsterdam as well! My brother also had a really bad deep cut on his ankle. I think that made me scared as well.I hope to learn here, once this teacher has some time. But it’s expensive. If only you were here. Lol!
BababiSeptember 22, 2016 at 16:41
Lol, a practical will explain better. Although I’ve never tried fixing the flat screen TVs but I can get my hands dirty with the old model TVs.Ps: I read from one of your responses that you like the backstroke cos you can keep your head out of water. You can have your head out of the water swimming forward also. It might seem like a herculean task when you initially try it, but it becomes easy peasy as you perfect it.
Tega EnaiSeptember 21, 2016 at 07:54
Been procrastinating writing ‘my biggest regrets in life’ post since forever which I eventually will. But this post is basically everything. lol Learning to sew (the biggest of them all… I made an attempt though…but I dropped out ), swimming (I’m still too scared to dip my head under the water), learning to drive (you wouldn’t believe I am still on the matter, actually I’m also a driving school drop out), learning to ride a bicycle (I tried but was an epic fail). I learnt to skip but just the basic back and forth. But It is never too late… that’s what I keep telling myself. lol . I really wish I learnt when I was younger sigh… I have promised my unborn kids that they will learn all of this before they’re teenagers.Great post as always.www.tegaenai.comxoxo..
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 21:23
Me too! My kids must learn. i can actually drive oh (only in Nigeria). This UK driving is so tough, and I keep making little mistakes. I’ll figure it out soonest sha. For swimming, backstroke is actually what i find easy, for the reason that your head is not under the water! So it’s literally like you’re just lying down on your back. Try it Tega!My American flatmate in Cambridge tried to teach me the bike. We didn’t get past one lesson. Lol!Thank you Tega! Xx
akaglueSeptember 21, 2016 at 08:12
I wish I learnt how to sew & knit. I like DIY not just because it’s cheaper but also the convenience and the self satisfaction. I have to always go to the tailor to amend my outfit or that of my girls. Luckily I live in Nigeria so they are cheap but tailors these days are always busy. I should participate in Nedoux sewing classes. Better late than never.www.akaglue.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 21:12
I know! I hate going to the tailor! You should participate in Ledoux classes. If I were in Lagos, I definitely would! Thanks for stopping by. seems like it’s your first time! Hope you come around often!
ClaraSeptember 21, 2016 at 09:09
I can skip, swim, ride a bike, sew and even play the violin (badly). My parents weren’t your typical naija parents and my dad was so pragmatic that he sent me both to computer school and to be a seamstress’s apprentice. He wanted me to have some vocational skills in our anemic Nigerian economy. I left Nigeria right after secondary school but swimming and cycling have been very important to me. I love love love swimming, and cycling has saved me money that I would normally spend on transportation. It has also made me lazy with learning to drive though. I will be taking my test next week only at the age of 32!What I regret from my childhood? Letting peer pressure stop me from learning French. I’ve always loved languages, I mean I convinced my parents to buy me the yoruba adventure epic collection by D.O. Fagunwa, and I used to read my grandma’s bible in yoruba. I even tried to teach myself French! All this before I went to secondary school and decided to join the cool kids who felt learning French was for losers. My sister on the other hand learnt the basics of Italian in the same Nigeria, and this made it easy for her to learn French and Spanish later. As for me, at the age of 27 I had to start struggling with the same French I had rejected as a child. Thankfully I re-discovered my love for languages and now speak 5.I am grateful for all my childhood experiences, and will definitely make sure I bring my children up in a similarly unconventional manner.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 21:14
All the best with your test!! I hope you ace it. i could drive in Nigeria, but here in the UK, phew! I think most of us had typical parents that were mostly focused on school. I hope to expose my kids to all of these things! You speak 5 languages!!!! Can we be best friends?I really loved French in Secondary School. Really did! Thanks for your comment Clara!!
TunrieSeptember 22, 2016 at 12:57
Haha! Clara is cool people! One of my high notes so far this year is meeting her!
TunrieSeptember 22, 2016 at 12:58
All hail! 🙂
Berry DakaraSeptember 21, 2016 at 09:54
As if I knew not to ask you if you could swim! But wait, even driving. Okay, come to Atlanta so we can give you crash course on everything you listed.www.berrydakara.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 21:10
I can drive in Nigeria! I should have made that clear. Used to drive to work. But I’ve just had some difficulty passing my UK test! I’m going to come to Atlanta!!
Tamuno TonyeSeptember 21, 2016 at 10:02
All I’d say is, you are not alone. I only learnt how to skip a few years ago, I can’t ride a bicycle to save my life, I learnt to swim but I can’t swim, I can’t play any musical instrument well. Lol… Look at that. http://www.tonyeigbani.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 21:09
Apparently, we are many. And you look like a cool kid that can ride a bicycle and swim ohhh! I’ve bought my skipping rope, so I’m ready to learn!
Oluwatoceen!September 21, 2016 at 12:12
I don’t even want to comment because this post is sad and depressing hian. I couldn’t even comment on Berry’s either. See oppression. I can’t swim, can’t drive even if I had lessons but there was no car to practice at home, now there is an amazing car waiting for someone to drive and I can’t even still. My friends are tired of me. I think I can skip alone ( about 20steps) but when held by two people maybe five or ten steps. Piano…no way, recorder I can try, and for sewing naa, not for me, fixing a thread into a needle is the most frustrating task ever. I just pray my future husband would be more artistic and diyish to complement. Either way,I trust I would be fine.*Runs off to console self 😒Great post🙌🏽thatinternist.wordpress.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 21:08
Loooool. We are all in it together, we we will encourage ourselves. Wait, there’s a car at home? PLEASE go and learn. I learnt to drive in Nigeria in six weeks. It’s not so bad. Driving in UK is just on another level. Do it! Fixing a thread in a needle is annoying!Hahahahaha. Let me join you in that prayer. Unfortunately my husband can’t sew as well, so no luck for us there! Thanks Tosin!
Oluwatoceen!September 21, 2016 at 21:54
I will learn ma. Yes, I ll. LolYou are welcome
AB x MeeMeeSeptember 21, 2016 at 12:45
LOL it’s okay Kachi. There’s still time. It’s never too late!Young AB had her first swimming lesson at age 7 and she still can’t swim! Determined to fix that before my Ikoyi Club junior membership expires next year when I turn 25!I can ride a bike. Not crazy enough to put myself on an actual street in this Lagos, but I can move from point A to point B. You can do it too, if you don’t overthink. Not a scientist so I don’t know the physics of how a bicycle can balance on 2 wheels. Keep your mind light, you can do it! I’m very into music but I can’t play nothing. Also have to admit that being a Lagos driver is one thing I feel good about. Proud of myself for conquering my initial fears, and learning methods to the madness.Another nice post. Off to see Berry’s!
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 21:06
Hahahahaha. I remember the struggle of Ikoyi club membership expiring. Fix it AB!As for a bike, I tried in Cambridge, but i think the fear of falling is what stops adults from learning. But once I sort skipping and swimming and driving, biking is next! Interestingly I can drive in Lagos 9because there are no rules). And i used drive from Festal to Ikoyi for work everyday. It’s just so detailed here, I keep making minor mistakes. but with some more practice, I’ll be fine! Thanks!
ZinnySeptember 21, 2016 at 12:59
Oh Kachee, I thought I was the only one. Instead of learning how to swim at Ikoyi Club I would go for the fried yam, chips and snails 😢😢 Now I honestly wish I learned to swim.I can bike, skip, and sew. Not perfected my driving (you are not alone). I learned french way back but it’s rusty right now. I don’t play any musical instrument because I have never been interested but I do more of listening to lyrics lol. Oh and I recently started learning to skate haha.I guess we still have time to learn some of these things if you still have interest or discover a new hobby. Great post as always!www.zinnyfactor.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 21:03
I want Snails!!! You’re not doing too bad at all. I really need to learn to skip, and swim. And get my license. Oh I don’t know how to skate as well. Sigh! Thanks Zinny!
TunrieSeptember 21, 2016 at 13:32
Haha! This is so funny! I got a guitar and ukelele in the past year. Next is to learn to bike, drive… I have to count all the tacking I do as sewing.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 21:00
Well,tacking works to an extent, I guess. You can play the Guitar?? Think driving will come eventually. One of those ones we need to know how to do.
Oyindamola AbbattySeptember 21, 2016 at 14:38
If I were the younger you, I’d so much enjoy reading this letter. I spent a lot of my childhood buried in books too and I never got the chance to do any of the above. I can’t swim…..or ride a bike that doesn’t have two extra tires at the back. I tried learning the violin once but that didn’t work out so great. Great post, Kachi.www.yorubachic.com/how-to-s…
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 20:59
The violin is soon cool though! You should totally try if you can. Thanks a lot Oyin!
Toluwalade Toyin-KehindeSeptember 21, 2016 at 14:48
Lmao!!! We are in the same boat but not entirely since im still young :-p I cant swim to save my life and happen to be the only member of my family that can’t. I don’t even know what happened …i used to go for lessons when i was younger but i never completed them so im stuck flapping my legs in the pool (don’t laugh) plus i like to wear swimsuits..but i really want to learn.Second, i was always playing the passenger part when my brother and i used to ride on his bike in the compound so im not quite sure i know how to ride a bike.Third, i also hit the accelerator instead of the brake when i was learning to drive hahaha and based God knows who’s care so i just told the instructor to take me home cause my chest lmaoI do know how to skip, type fast and sew though.. whoop! but the musical instrument is a long thing. At a point i tried to learn the paino but i couldnt figure how their hands go over all the keys at once without taking a second to think lol…how am i supposed to make a melody then if im thinking every minute. I can play the tamborine though..maybe that counts as an instrument. I want to learn the drums!!www.toyinwithfashion.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 20:59
Loooool! You better go and learn. Before you know it you’ll 27! I love swimsuits, but these days, no abs see.. Lol! You’re not so bad now, you can skip, type fast and sew! LOOOL @ tamborine. Ah Drummer girl, nice!!
Olaa BobadeSeptember 21, 2016 at 15:12
This post is my whole life. I can’t do any. I’m literally in tears rn. Lol. Ah life. I was part of the Enid Blyton gang oh and anytime I read John Grisham, I always feel like being a lawyer was cool. Lol. I can’t do anything of the things above to save my life. I just remembered the recorder struggle in Secondary school. Was so epic. You don’t even want to know how elated I feel knowing I’m not the only lady that can’t sew her button back on. I think driving is cool, tried learning a few times but when I see others doing it, I feel like I can’t do it. Lol. Of all the things above, I’d definitely want to learn swimming apart from driving of course. I love this post. One can’t help but drop really long comments on your posts. Love it! P. S: I listened to your really cool voice via your Instastories. Reading your posts just got easier! 💖
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 20:53
Olaaaaa ohhhh. I thought I was alone! Lol! As for that button p, I’ve given up. My mum laughs, but oh well. I actually was driving in Lagos, after my mum taught me for just about 6 weeks. So you can do it. This UK driving is just so detailed. But I’ll get there soon! Swimming is actually amazing. You should. I love the long comments. Look forward to them after work everyday!Hahahahaha @ voice. I just had to sneak that in. Often reluctant to record, but maybe i will do some more now. Thanks darling!
Oluwatoceen!September 21, 2016 at 21:52
As in ehn, her cool voice!!! When i heard it, I was like ehn see Kachi’s voice. It was too sweet, thanks for remembering me Ola, we have few things in common. Haha
Oluwatoyosi BakareSeptember 21, 2016 at 17:08
I absolutely love this post and I identify with it because for the past three months I have been wishing I lived more when I was younger but the beautiful thing is its never too late.I am just learning to ride a bike, I can conveniently skip now without twisting an ankle. I haven’t gotten round to swimming properly.Thank you for inspiring me to do more.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 20:50
You’re welcome Toyosi! I’m definitely inspired to learn all I can! Well done for learning to skip and ride a bike in adulthood!
mideSeptember 21, 2016 at 17:49
I laughed so hard while reading this post! I literally can’t do any of the things you mentioned except type fast, I’m actually quite fast. I have refused to learn how to swim and drive because I’m just a chicken😣I always use the “I’m too short and I won’t be able to see the front” excuse everytime driving comes up. I was learning how to play the keyboard once but I stopped, I’ll probably go back to learn.I love love this post!Portableisthenewhot.blogspo…
lolaSeptember 21, 2016 at 18:45
lol@ ‘too short’ excuse. Don’t we all have one? Plus driving in Lagos requires a separate skill set entirely. That and skipping are the only things on this list my almost 32 year old self can do. Nice read. I can ride a tricycle too. I think…
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 20:49
Driving in Lagos is honestly a separate skill! Tricycle? That’s cool!
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 21, 2016 at 20:48
Hahahahaha. You’re not too short don’t worry. You can do it, just try! Go back and learn the Piano. Since you already started it may not be too tough!
jaySeptember 22, 2016 at 00:59
It’s funny but I have basic knowledge of these things growing up. No one compelled me to learn though, it was mostly from play. I rmba I could ride a bike, I could sew, I would sew Ankara dresses(nothing fab) For my dolls, fairly neat stitches too. I could jump rope, yea where I’d be in the middle ( not holding the rope ), I was one of those that could play Mary had a little lamb on the piano n feel so cool till I got to sec school n saw my mates playing from those scripts. Rather than take it as a challenge, I chickened out. swimming… Errrr, ok maybe not that. I was pretty hands on with most things, then I grew up and it’s like… Is it the same person?I haven’t tried to ride a bike in recent times, but I hear it’s easy getting bk on. My weight won’t even let me consider it.I have registered for swimming lessons up to +insert insane amt of times+ but never show up. I’m hoping when the kids start( they’re way overdue too, BUT they must) I’d have no choice.I can jump rope now but 7,000??? I’d see how far I can go soon enough, I can boast of 1,200 tho… sewing – I fix buttons but my stitches are tacky or I’m not patient enough cos I have the road side tailor to fix it.I’m going to make sure my boys (especially cos they’re boys) learn all these things inclusive of sewing, cooking and things considered girly, so they can be useful to themselves and not always wait for their wives to do everything domestic (plus see how mai atafo and chef fregz are smiling to the bank). Still so many things I want to learn before im 30, I would write a list and see how far I get with it. I’m tempted to do a post on this and yes I type really fast… Lovely post as always ❤️❤️
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 22, 2016 at 18:09
Thank you Jay!!! I’m also going to make sure my kids learn ohh. Boys and Girls. It’s so important. I think never forget how to ride a bike. Once you get back on, you’ll be fine!
favour moyseSeptember 22, 2016 at 10:16
I wish I had learnt pastries when my mom was busy teaching my siblings.. Play play no let me see roadWHEN MY BODY DOESN’T KNOW I’M A CHRISTIAN 2
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 22, 2016 at 18:07
Lol, Not late! Especially now that we have pastry books and all. I can bake a bit by just using recipes.
DamiLovesSeptember 22, 2016 at 12:29
I was in my best friends house a few days ago and made a fool of myself because I couldn’t skip rope. I really do wish I had persisted with swimming and piano lessons, now over a decade later I feel too old to try.Ahh… the circle of life, if wishes were like horses….To my future children
TunrieSeptember 22, 2016 at 12:52
You’re never too old Dami!
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 22, 2016 at 18:04
@damiloves:disqus never too late! I only just got my skipping ropes, and I’m about to try. Also learning swimming as well, so you can do it!
Yummy Mum LifeSeptember 22, 2016 at 13:39
Aww!I enjoyed reading this.I jump rope wella even now and it’s been proven to be super effective if you want to drop some pounds.Swimming though I have never done because my mum was always scared of us going to pools so I just lost interest till I became an adult and I just haven’t had the time.I can’t drive too-what a shame especially now that I have 2 children I might need to take out sometimes..I’ll learn before the year runs out.I’m tired of ”somebody’s” husband doing shakara to take me out.www.CheecheeLIVE.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 22, 2016 at 18:05
It’s soooo effective. That’s why I need to learn it. I know I will… Hahahahaha@ somebody’s husband. You should learn, it’s not that bad. I learnt in Nigeria, and was driving. But, the UK system is different so I’ve had some difficulties, but I will. I loved driving!
Uzoma | Don't Touch The HairSeptember 22, 2016 at 19:00
This is a really cute post, Kachi. I wish I learned how to swim when I was younger. My parents even got me lessons. :-(Don’t Touch the Hair
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 24, 2016 at 06:09
Awwwww. Thanks Uzoma! It’s not toooo late!! And it won’t take too long. I really think we should try. You’ll love it!!
Mz CharideeSeptember 22, 2016 at 19:25
I can skip, ride a bike, sew and and type fast…lucky me, I wish I could swim o, tried once, the body ache the next day wasn’t funny at all. I’ll definitely drive when I have a car of my own, I don’t want to bash anybody’s car, as for musical instrument, I’ve played around with a piano and a flute.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 24, 2016 at 06:05
I agree on the body ache! My body hurt so much the first time, but after that, I loved it! You will too. Haahaha@ bashing someone’s car. It’s def easier once you get your own car. It was when I finally got my car in Nigeria that I had to learn to drive there. This UK laws are a bit different, so I’m re-adjusting! You haven’t done too bad!
Mz CharideeSeptember 27, 2016 at 17:07
FavourSeptember 23, 2016 at 03:06
Thank God I am still growing. 16 isn’t late right? I’m gonna try my best to learn a musical instrument and I’m about taking sewing class. It upsets me everytime I want to jazz up my outfit and I can’t explain the style to a tailor and even when I do, they never get it right. Can’t believe I’ve never thought of swimming. Guess I was never in a situation that needed that skill but I’m soooo going to learn now. Thanks.www.girleccentric.wordpress…
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 24, 2016 at 06:03
16 Isn’t late at all! I think sewing is so unnecessary. I still ahve plans to learn some day. Swimming is fun too! Try it! You’re welcome! Have a great weekend!
AbbySeptember 23, 2016 at 14:00
I’m about to say I can’t imagine someone not knowing how to skip/jump rope then I remember I can’t ride a bicycle 😭😭😭I have to walk long distances at work because I can’t ride one.I hope I get to learn before this year runs out. Getting my balance right is my major fear. Can’t play a musical instrument either and I’ve never successfully completed a swimming training😪😪.P.S I love the calendar widget you added to the blog!Xx
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 23, 2016 at 14:23
Love you for noticing these little blog changes! We should learn to ride oh! Balance and fear of breaking a hip is holding me back! Lol. Have a great weekend Abby! 😘😘
Bubu GreenSeptember 23, 2016 at 15:19
Hahaha. Your sarcasm is epic@ the difference between 70 and 4000 is not that much. I learnt to skip(I still skip),knit and sew (more like basic sewing). Got a keyboard in my teens cos I am a music freak. Unfortunately, I prefered singing to playing the keyboard. Learnt French but not as good now as then. I guess my parents had nothing to do with their free time than to make sure I do one thing or the other, as being an only child. Swimming was self taught in my mid 20s. As in ehnnn, I was so determined cos kids could swim better than me at that time. I can drive but with Saudi Arabia not letting women drive, I’ve not touched the steering for more than 4 years. Even when I’m in Nigeria. So I don’t think I qualify anymore. Oh I’m scared to ride a bike. Typing fast is relative oh. If it’s on the phone, I’m Usain Bolt. Lol. Awww, love me some good ol hymns. Abba and Dolly. I love this post. http://www.bubusboulevard.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 24, 2016 at 06:01
But it’s not THAT much now. Lol. Let me be consoling myself. Doesn’t look like you did too bad oh. French, Swimming, Skipping, Knitting and Sewing! I’ve actually always wondered what it’s like to live in Saudi! Maybe you should do a post on it, or maybe I can ask you all the questions on my mind via an interview or something! Hahahhaha. Almost everybody is Usain Bolt on the phone oh. Thanks a lot Bubs! Have a great weekend.
Bubu GreenSeptember 24, 2016 at 07:36
Yeah I actually did a post on it when I kicked off blogging. Check it out here.http://www.bubusboulevard.com/5-th… . I also have extensive series of posts on the lifestyle here but I have decided to wait on publishing them till I leave here (which is very soon. God willing). I’m open to the interview idea after I leave here. Just to “avoid stories that touch”. Living here has its perks though and its not as scary as they make it seem but you just need to abide by their rules and everyone goes home happy. Will keep you posted when I leave. Xo
TheShanyiLifeSeptember 24, 2016 at 10:38
LMAO. Kachee o. I can jump rope but not those stunts people do. I can’t swim too, i’m just scared of water. I can’t ride a bike, I’d so break my leg if I try, I should learn that though. I can sew yaay, I learnt that in high school, when my mates were busy with food and nutrition classes, weird me joined clothing and textile class. I’m more than grateful I did. I can play a musical instrument too, my mom was a chorister and chief violinist in church so she made sure I and my siblings learnt an instrument. I play a violin and I have written several Muson exams, the last was grade 5/6 I can’t remember again and I had distinction/merit.I can drive and I can’t drive. Just theory, no real practice in a while.http://www.theshanyilife.co…
demiolowoSeptember 26, 2016 at 01:41
So many things I really wish I learnt when I was younger like swimming and sewing. I could play the recorder but not anymore *sad*. All those long hols spent indoors reading…oh well! Swimming and sewing still on d list of things I want to learn how to do. Can’t ride a bike,my skipping is pretty basic and I’ve finally gotten around to driving…. thank God!
Funke olotuSeptember 26, 2016 at 09:31
Swimmm, I need to learn! And drive! That was supposed to happen this year but buhari did not allow it and sew also, now I’m dying to learn how to sew Nice post Xohttps://funkeolotu.com
Praise AbuSeptember 26, 2016 at 15:54
I’ve tried learning how to swim, it didn’t work out so well. Sewing and driving is at the top of my list now.My Style Look Book Series
NedouxSeptember 28, 2016 at 10:21
Hi Kachee,I enjoyed reading this. I once wrote a letter to my future self. I stumbled upon the note a few years ago and I laughed, thankful for all the ways that I’d grown.22.50 pounds for a simple waist amendment? I should relocate to the UK, I’ll charge lower and be rolling in easy money. Lol .I think you should buy a sewing machine, practice makes perfect. Sewing like most skills is learnable. I’m more than happy to share helpful tips if you’d like.
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 28, 2016 at 10:35
You know I’ve actually never thought of owning a machine! That honestly doesn’t sound too bad! I’ll message you on IG and then maybe we can take it from there! Thank you!! 💗
SauniyaSeptember 30, 2016 at 11:13
Funny just last week I was thinking about doing a post on what i would tell my younger self. i enjoyed reading this post. I can’t cycle either. i too swimming classes when i was around 16 and i remember the embarrassment of having babies and very young kids around swimming like pros lol. Nice post! :)xoSauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 10, 2016 at 11:14
Just realised I didn’t reply to this. At least you finally learnt to swim. I need to get on that before I lose my zeal! Thank you and have a great week! xx
Candace McGeeSeptember 30, 2016 at 20:19
Hahaha I love this! Usually these kinds of posts are super deep like “love yourself” and “fiscal responsibility.” Your spin on it is great, gave me some good chuckles!
Kachee || KacheeTee.comSeptember 30, 2016 at 23:04
Hahaha! Thank you! I wasn’t even thinking of all those deep things at all! Glad you liked it !
Grace.October 25, 2016 at 18:01
Hahahaha this post def cheered me up. I’m mighty glad I can jump rope, sew and even knit, ride a bike and all but lets talk about swimming. Sadly, I might never get to learn how to cos the fear of water eh… lol. I said it in one of my posts that id love to learn how to play a musical instrument and now im dying to learn how to draw, illustrate, paint, you name it.I really like this post…Epiphany29.comA Little Extra Wont Hurt
Kachee || KacheeTee.comOctober 26, 2016 at 18:31
I think you should give swimming a go! Honestly, the fear isn’t that bad.I don’t even think I could learn to draw, illustrate or paint. Not artistic at all.
TamieDecember 20, 2016 at 21:24
Oh I just can’t believe there is someone who didnt jump rope as a kid!! How??
Kachee || KacheeTee.comDecember 22, 2016 at 17:30
Loool! Well i’ve learnt now.
TochukwuAugust 12, 2017 at 14:20
I know this is an old post but i just bumped into it and it’s quite an interesting read. I usually tell younger people to acquire as many skills as possible when they can. If only i knew what i know now. I mean, i had all the time, but wasted them……………..While in the uni,(typical Naija uni) we had so many long holls +ASSU strikes + Cult crises strikes…….lol What did i do with my time then?………….nothing, just stayed at home, did house chores, read, eat, slept and life just passed me by. Anyways, there were stuffs i learned early though; like driving…………..if you live in my house, you need that for myriads of errands. Tried learning piano then, but i can’t even play do re mi fa so la ti doh now…………….silly me. But in all, it’s never late. I’m in my early 30s, but i just learnt how to ride a bike two years back and i so love it. I love to swim and only learnt to in 2012 which was when i got my first proper job. I just recently bought a hair mannequin and so i’m trying to learn hair weaving (I grew up with guys and so never had to make anyone’s hair…………yea, i know that’s not an excuse). Ahh, that knit thing eh………i used to wish i can knit and now that you mentioned it +sewing, my interest has just been piqued afresh and so i will do something about it. I also wish i could speak so many languages. One of my philosophies is that “we learn everyday”. Therefore, we can still make those wishes a reality.