A list of all the things that makes load shedding a positive thing!
I know that a lot of businesses suffer, and that there are people as well that suffer during these blackouts!
That is unforgivable!
But while the South Africans are getting our fair share of power outages, and we are dramatically declaring "Doomsday!" in all our discussions with each other, I thought I would focus on the "benefits".
10 Things to love about Blackouts:
1. Revelling in the quiet!
We've got so much noise around us, that it actually feels like a relief to hear yourself when the white noise of the machines powers down.
2. Time for reconnection
There is nothing as good to sit with the family around candle light and talking. We can bond again!
This is a very good reason to start the fire for a barbecue. (Not that we need any excuse for a braai...)
We can use all our candles that have gathered dust in the cupboards.
There is nothing as romantic sitting by candle light or bathing by candle light!
I love using my solar lights as well during this time!
5. Good excuse to not be able to study
When the power is down, we can't access our online study courses and MOOCs.
Getting a free pass for the night!
|(Photo taken with a flash on Friday night)|
6. Going to sleep early
There is nothing that makes us more sleepy than the dark. We have been going to bed earlier because of the load shedding.
7. Catch up on downloaded movies/series
We rarely get time to watch the downloaded movies and series, and load shedding gives us an opportunity to catch up on it. (While the batteries are still charged, of course!)
8. Watching stars
We can see a bit more of our starry sky here in the city when the power goes down.
9. Telling stories
We can tell stories to each other, and also when the children go to bed. It also adds to our bonding with each other.
10. Listening to music/radio
We can crank up the radios we don't usually play in the evenings, and we also take turns to play our favourite music (on our gadgets) to each other.
Please let me know of other things to love about load shedding?