Love is a delicate thing and it takes effort to make it bloom in any environment, but it takes even more effort in times of economic uncertainty like the one we are currently facing in Nigeria. The present economic situation has taken its toll on the lives of people in many ways. From long lines at fuel stations to the hike in the prices of goods and services, life has become increasingly hectic, leaving little room for anything else.
It is not uncommon to hear of people having to reschedule lunch dates or bail out on movie dates just because of the thought of spending hours in traffic. The ever-present uncertainty of when the next ATM will pay out, coupled with the unpredictability of the economic climate, makes it difficult for people to plan their lives, much less think about building or maintaining relationships.
A recent poll I conducted on Instagram showed that most people are concerned about the recent economic difficulties affecting their relationships. But instead of letting these difficulties get in the way, we should focus on prioritizing our relationships and planning towards ensuring that the love blossoms.
To be intentional about our relationships, we need to see them as important and make time for them. Even if there are genuine reasons for not being able to meet up, we must find a way to make it happen.
Including our relationships in our schedules and making plans, helps us to be intentional. Spontaneity is great, but with the present economic uncertainty, it’s essential to plan. This can be as simple as sending a message or leaving a word of encouragement, or making plans for a date or catch-up.
Financially, it’s best to plan dates around payday to ensure they fit within our budgets. Dates don’t have to be expensive, and there are plenty of affordable options available. If distance is an issue, choose a convenient location or time when traffic is minimal.
For those in long-distance relationships, digital tools make it easier to stay connected. By sharing stories and experiences, we can keep the relationship strong.
In conclusion, economic difficulties may be temporary, but our relationships are worth investing in. Focus on the positives and find joy in the little things. Let’s prioritize and plan our relationships to ensure they blossom even in tough times.
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