Today, I got a call from a friend who has been living in the United Kingdom for some years now.
He has no change in his accent.
I got curious and asked him about his circle of friends. As anticipated, he was basically still living in a Nigerian ecosystem .
We shared jokes about a lot of ways people change when they move into new cultures, and how the change always seems subtle to the individual, but dramatic to the onlooker.
I challenged him to explore connections that diversify his circle a little more. He was not having it.
In his words, “the friends I have bring me so much joy, I am unwilling to experiment with new ones.”
I am thankful for people who are clear on what they don’t need.