Youth not too old to learn from slip-ups

2018-06-20 06:00
Sinazo Mtila, Social Observer

Sinazo Mtila, Social Observer

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The Soweto Uprising on 16 June 1976 was a series of demonstrations and protests by black learners in South Africa and marks 42 years of commemoration.

In remembrance of these events, 16 June is a public holiday in South Africa and is known as Youth Day.

The Day of the African Child has been celebrated on this day since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organisation of African Unity, and pays tribute to those who participated in the Soweto Uprising.

In the 21st century, youth is widely outclassed. They do not consider themselves to be too young to be pampered, and they are not supposed to be old enough to take responsibility into their own hands.

The main problem is the communication gap between them and their elders. The former believes to be old enough to take their own decisions in personal or social matters, while the latter just refuse to hand over the baton to the new generation.

This leads to temperaments rising to high more often.

But the common problem a person faces at this phase of life is peer pressure.

There is pressure by either dares or threats into doing what one would rather avoid.

Some people are naturally competitive, and they strive to act in ways that could help settle their image either to impress or intimidate others.

Some could see this as disrespecting elders who try to guide them through experiences which the young ones fail dismally to handle.

I could say six out of every ten such people are usually short-tempered and rude in their response. Many hesitate in taking their parents’ advice particularly in issues which according to them are very modest and thus they end up in making wrong decisions.

The youth of today is more outgoing, stubbornly leading a luxurious lifestyle and know less of the benefits of hard work. Sadly, they are less concern about studies.

The elite and privileged appear to be the victims.

There are many young people who cannot afford to go to school and remain illiterate. They are mercilessly forced into child labour when they ought to be learning and enjoying life like the rest of their peers. They have low self-esteem and can easily be overridden by views of other people.

They are not politically-inclined and are vulnerable to be used in anti-social activities with false charms that lure them into participation.

One should always be aware of where one’s actions would lead to in future. Though it is believed that everything is predestined in our lives, we are responsible for our deeds since God has provided us a brain to think before doing.

It can be said that the foolhardiness of youth is the most difficult stage of life that every one of us must pass.

Man is said to be learning throughout his life. It is not that one cannot recover later in life but by then it may be too late as time can prove to be the worst opponent.

As the youth of today, we should take note of our slip- ups when there is time left and even if failure approaches us, overcome it.

John Keats once said: “Don’t be discouraged by failure. It can be a positive experience.

“Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success . . . and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.”

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