Being a boomeranger can help you get on your feet

2016-06-22 06:00
Kuni Ditira - Social Observer

Kuni Ditira - Social Observer

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“BOOMERANGER” means ricochet, return or rebound. A Boomeranger is defined as an adult who left home to start his or her life, but then returns home to stay with parents.

Times are tough! Most of the time, you at least know that there is always food at home. It may not be fancy food, but there is food which – in most cases – is healthier.

When people start working, the first thing they think of is buying a car and a house or an apartment. You also have to look professional, so now you buy branded clothes. Weekends are for entertainment – parties, clubs and the like.

Then the salary is not enough. What do we do? We go and get a loan or use credit cards.

Living on borrowed money can work for a short while, but is not sustainable. You have to look at other alternatives.

The best option would be to use your passion to make money.

Time management is key – everybody has time, but what matters is how you use it and on what. It means that you think some things are less important than others. It may mean sacrificing some things and prioritising others.

If all else fails, find out if someone in the family can house you – even if it is only for a year or so that you get back on your feet.

Your parents are a sure bet. They will most likely take you back.

If later you want to be independent, use that time as a Boomeranger to pay off your debts and change your attitude towards money. There are people who don’t like money. When they see money, they have to spend it. They even go to the extent of spending money which is not yet in their possession. They spend in advance.

In some cultures, when you start to work or even when you are newly-married, you stay with parents until you are able to stand on your own.

Those who were assisted then have to assist others. After marriage in some black cultures, the young couple stay with the parents for some time until they are able to go somewhere and start their own life.

This helps to take care of the baby and to teach the daughter-in-law (makoti/ngwetsi) about the culture of her new family.

This process needs cooperation and understanding between all parties. The son will always be young in the eyes of the parent(s).

Even when he is an adult and married, he may have to listen to the parents and obey their rules.

The bride is at a disadvantage as she stays in another woman’s house.

However, if it is to be a long stay, all the parties will have to cooperate and support each other for this to work.

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