When I was younger, I saw my mum drink tea…a lot.
She would drink it in the morning before work, she would drink some again on her way to work and she would keep on drinking tea till the day was over.
On most occasions, she did not eat breakfast. As long as she had a cup of tea, she was alright.
I always wondered about her love for tea.
Why did she drink it so much? I had tea on numerous occasions and I was not that much of a fan.
I could go for months without drinking tea but my mama could not go a day without it.
I finally asked her why she drank tea a lot and she said, it always kept her on alert. It woke her up.
I never thought that it would be a culture that I would take up.
However, when I was a few months away from turning 18, I discovered a new found love for tea.
I bought some sort of slimming tea from Holland & Barrett for the sole purpose of trying to shed a little weight.
I had gained a couple of pounds during the summer, so I just wanted to feel a little bit better about myself.
I started drinking it every day as required and I found out that for some reason, every time I had it, I felt a little bit better.
At first, I thought it was just the slimming tea working its magic.
However, when I had finished taking every tea bag in the packet, I bought some English Breakfast tea.
Anytime, I felt down or in doubt about myself, I will just make myself a cup of tea and I will feel better.
I started buying all sorts of tea like: Green tea, Vanilla Chai tea, Lavender tea and they made me feel good after drinking.
I discovered that anytime I was going through something tough, drinking tea gave me time to think about the next step.
It made me figure out what to do next.
I know I have gone on a huge tea talk but I just wanted to use this to share something that has worked for me.
Drinking tea does not solve a problem, but it could help look at things a little bit clearer.
As a young woman, this is an experience that has worked for me and we live and learn and I love sharing my experiences.
So, I say all these to say:
When in doubt,
Have a cup of tea.