Wake up, show up

2017-02-22 06:03
Advocate Kuni Ditira - social observer

Advocate Kuni Ditira - social observer

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Sometimes a person reaches the lowest level in his or her life. When you wake up, there is nothing that you are going to do, no plans to go to work or to school. You only see gloom. There are no prospects of work – nothing.

Then criminal thoughts come into your mind. How can I beat the system? I am told that other people intentionally infect themselves so that they can get a grant. Others steal and rob. Others just wait and wait without any plan.

Maybe I am talking from a position of privilege. Sometimes you do not understand what others are going through, because you have not been through the same challenges. I can sympathise, but not empathise. An idle mind is the devil’s playground.

I am one who cannot sit still. I always say maybe I have undiagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I have been depressed and I know how despondent one becomes when one is depressed. However, I am not one to sit still. If I sit still and do nothing, then I fall asleep. I believe that there is always something you can do. I like to walk, write and read. Furthermore, there is always a crisis I have to attend to. I believe assisting people gives you purpose in life. It helps you to not concentrate on your own problems.

The other day my cousin told me that he did not have money for food. I asked him what he was doing to earn a living. He told me that he had applied for a grant. He is not thinking of anything he can do with his hands or use his mind to earn a living. People are recycling plastic, glass, metal and paper. I know it is not a lot of money, but at least they are able to buy bread.

Now I was asking someone, why do you not get a hobby to keep yourself busy? Look for new things to do. Why do you not just go and volunteer somewhere to have something to wake up to? Staying at home the whole day not doing anything constructive makes you feel unworthy. It takes away your dignity and pride in that there is nothing you are contri­buting to society – yourself too. I understand scarcity of employment, but people from outside this country arrive here without any money. The next thing they are hiring them. We are always waiting for someone to hire us. We are not thinking how can I use my skills, my qualification and experience to bring bread to the table?

I have never been unemployed. I used to sell all sorts of things to augment my salary. Maybe I am unfair and I do not understand all the challenges, but I think you must at least wake up and show up.

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