In the process of growing up as a black person in South Africa, there comes a stage were one is slapped in the face by reality in the realisation of how much time you have wasted doing things to impress the next person.
I do understand that this is a similar problem across all races but I will stick to the black context for my own reasons which could be quite obvious for some.
Being content is one of the biggest problems that we as young black people are faced with right now, and instead of striving for more success in life we find comfort at the very early stages of our adult lives.
Working and earning a living is what most young people strive to do and as soon as one is blessed with this opportunity at the lowest level it rather seems as though they have reached the pinnacle of their dreams. Growth suddenly comes along by chance or luck for the young black individual in the organisation and it normally is so unexpected that it leaves the white colleagues crying affirmative action.
As young black working South Africans we tend to get taken away by the idea of earning and affording to live decently. We are very materialistic and our biggest downfall is payday on a Friday.
Yes I want to go out and have a good time with my friends, yes I want to drive a nice car, yes I want to wear designer labels and yes I want to live in a townhouse.
Sadly these are the building blocks of what living the dream is for many young black South Africans and this idea grows stronger everyday as more of us reach it and remain content. What makes this an even bigger problem is the fact that many black parents also see great maximum achievement as soon as their child is at this stage of life and stop pushing to get them to achieve even more.
Perhaps the main reason for this is our background of poverty as black people in this country where achievement is not understood in the same way as those who have always been well off. Reality does however strike at some point and one suddenly realises how far behind they are and what their potential actually amounts to.
This reality does sadden me a lot and I do hope that with time things will change and young black people will start to think much bigger than working at a call centre and getting a golf and townhouse on credit, but instead start thinking promotions, shares, board meetings and eventually mansions, Bentleys and yachts.
BY: ZUKO ZOOX NOMNGANGA
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