Move

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I googled move and to my surprise, it’s related to 2 things - moving house & dance. Not much of a surprise since the word is defined “to change position”

move verb \ˈmüv\
to cause (something or someone) to go from one place or position to another; to go from one place or position to another; to cause (your body or a part of your body) to go from one position to another (merriam-webster)

But did you know that a move isn’t necessarily a sign of positive progress? I don’t know why but people often attribute a move of some kind to mean going forward, progress or an upward shift beneficial to the individual in question.

I wondered about this verb this last week when we moved house. I wondered about it because while for my family it was an actual forward, upward & positive shift, the same can’t be said of a lot of other people. Especially with the state of our economy now, I must say, positivity has fast become a scarce commodity.

It’s funny how in public transportation Nigerians say “shift” instead of “move”. When I served in Bauchi (NYSC), I taught my students the correct thing to say when you want someone to give you more space. I wonder if they remember.

A move is relative. A move for the release of energy and a faster pump of the heart, a move to ease the nerves, a move to clear the mind of thoughts, a move to change environment or scenery, a move to get rid of a cramp, a move to flex my body in preparation for a dance.

My mind wanders, lol, it moves, just like the title of today’s entry.

I wonder why walk isn’t as popularly related to ‘move’ as dance, hmmmm.


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