The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same. The streets were filled with joy not so long ago, with the arrival of, the long awaited freedom. Promises of a better life, a new found lease on life and hope spread across the nation. Eighteen years on, the picture is a bit dim, with the hunger for freedom, having been replaced by the steady decay in morals and laziness. I am a black man, grew up in black society, and thus feel concerned about how my people have seemingly lost their way.
Understand me, if you will young person, this is no longer the time to be looking to the government to give you everything in a silver platter. Yes, we understand you voted, you were singing freedom songs at the top of your voice when your favorite politician was promising you the world; it is frustrating but politicians are politicians, they just have to say the “right” things to get into office, we do not check CVs or anything. Voting is as much a gamble as playing the lotto, if you are not aware of your current affairs. Sono, your life will not magically change overnight just because you exercised your constitutional right to vote. Do not be caught unawares folding your arms waiting for Jacob Zuma to offer you a job, a house and a car; time flies and you will wake up when it is too late to do anything for yourself. Politicians lie when they have to, so please get over it and do something to improve your lives.
It oh so is sickening to see how young people have adopted “sikhothane” tendencies and opted to show off the “good life” that they haven’t earned. It is plain embarrassing and highly degrading witnessing young people running around in circles and tearing clothes and claiming riches that they do not have.There is a difference between giving children the life you never had and downright literally spoiling kids,turning them into a potential burden to society. Frankly, giving a child the means to have a low selfesteem that requires them to bind their identities to expensive clothing to feel good about themselves isnot justifiable at all. They do not learn the value of hard work and earning their own way. Being accustomed to luxuries that you have not earned poses the danger of you growing up wanting to maintain that life style and taking the “easy way” to achieve that, and crime becomes a very attractive way of living the life you are used to. So please understand black young person; you may have your family acting like they owe you and constantly giving you things that you feel the absolute need to flaunt and boost your ego with but as much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news, THE WORLD SIMPLY DOES NOT OWE YOU ANYTHING!!!
In all the years I have lived, I have not found anything that can substitute the simple concept of hard work. The best soccer player, practiced harder, the best student studied harder, the employee of the month, entrepreneur, they all did something harder than their peers to achieve the results that they got; this of course excludes laziness and constant complaining. Understandably there are people that genuinely have made efforts to stand up and have been discouraged by the constant falls and difficulties and with that said we all have our ups and downs; the hard situations are not meant to be used as constant excuses but lessons that we must all go through. Nobody is really interested in your sob stories and how unfair your life has been to you, we are however interested in finding out how you reacted to the situation because that part determines whether your story stays as a sob story or turns into an inspirational one.
Finally, black young person, we should really stop getting shocked by racism, it is a solid waste of time, it is not right but it does exist. Get over it, focus and proceed on your way. We do not need to be spending time on things that do not matter. Racism, growing up in poverty, being an orphan or whatever tragedy you may have gone through may earn you sympathy, but sympathy alone cannot feed, shelter or clothe you, decide what is important to you and pursue it.
Understand me if you will dear black child, the only guarantee that life offers is death, it catches up with all of us, the point I'm trying to make is life does come to an end, before it does, do something with it.
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