Category Archives: INSPIRATION
It is when we stop and think about where we are today, that we get to realize that the life we living at some point we dreamt of it. However, what happens if you find yourself living a life you never dreamed of?
Life teaches us many ways to live, but we are so busy drowning in unworthy things that we fail to learn the lessons. We keep hanging on even when it is not worth it anymore.
If one looks at the apple tree, or any tree for that matter, one will realize that it doesn’t hang on to its leaves throughout the year. There comes a time in its season when it lets go of its leaves and allows them to fall to the ground.
He who doesn’t understand how nature works will start worrying when this tree lets go of its leaves. But it is with those very leaves that the same tree produces compost. With that compost this tree then bears much fruits, in the right season. Why do we, as human beings, try to act any differently, but still expect to bear much fruits? Quit hanging on to unnecessary things and unnecessary people.
Many a time I hear people telling me how the world or people living in it do not owe me anything. Looking back at my poor background, somebody had to tell me this so that I could be who and what I am today.
Today, I am young, black and I am successful in most areas of my life; even though I have not yet arrived. Had I been told that somebody owe me something, I probably wouldn’t have seen the need to go search for things that I have now. It is a roller-coaster but in my opinion, the world and people living it owe me some things.
I know some of these things. Some of those things I am still looking for. And I also know that based on current affairs, the world will forever be indebted to me and will be blacklisted with huge arrears should it not pay up.
I am voicing out because I know how hard life is when you don’t know what you don’t know. It does not matter how many books or newspapers you read, you will end up just as clueless as the person who hasn’t even touched any of your materials. If you are young and black - I owe you. The guy driving that shiny new car – he owes you too. So does your teacher, the government notwithstanding!
These are my wishes – this is what the world, my parents, my fellow countrymen owe me. This is also what I owe the young people of South Africa:
1. Your parents’ success isn’t hereditary
When I was still in primary, I saw other kids as superior to me because they had more money than I did at lunch; they wore better clothes than I did on ‘civvies’ days; they wore better and cleaner uniform than I did; they knew more TV programs than I did; lived in better areas and spoke better English than me.
But most of these kids thought because they are from well-off families they could do as they wish with life and nothing would change. They thought their lives were all cut out to be as perfect as it had been at school. They did not know that spending money as if it is no one else’s business has consequences, even for them.
I owe today’s youth an explanation that this is not supposed to be their fate. I owe them a conversation to inform them that their parent’s success is not necessarily theirs. They must pursue their own sucess.