#YouthDayEssay | Olivia Christians: I try my best to not stress about my future

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Things might not be as lovely in this present time, but every day is a new day. The storm will pass and the sun will rise again, writes 18-year-old Olivia Christians from Pretoria. 


Had this very question been asked a few years ago I would have said: "When I think of the future, I think of the land of milk and honey!" The future is bright and is filled with endless opportunities.

I have always been a dreamer, growing up, with an active imagination. I perpetually believed that my mind was a goldmine, and I would run with whatever came to mind. That is why on most days I would envision futuristic life and often at times there would always be a fascinating affair.

Here is an illustration.

Do join me as I inquire into the forthcoming.

The days are bright with a perfect glaze of sunlight. A gentle breeze is floating by, and see how easy the pollen is soaring into the air. People meandering about freely with their usual routines. Give heed to the angelic and cheerful echoes of the innocent younglings. Be vigilant of the unfamiliar creation we are environed by: elevated buildings resting in the clouds; monstrous spaceships zooming through; astounding automobiles dashing roundabout and of course the bizarre bionic humans mingling with the unique characters. Hark to the representative church bells and the blissfulness of the choir's saintly voices. Catch sight of the presentable golden-futured scholars and attend the sublime commencement ceremony of the degree holder. The birth of the new infants brought forth joyous festivity. This is what the future to a younger me looked like me

The future I really see 

However, that is only a version some people experience in life and not everyone. When I step into the real world, I see a brightly futured youth slowly fade away. Dreams are cut short and for some scholars the programme crashes. I had a problem finding my feet as I just stepped out of high school. I had no clue what it was that I wanted to pursue as a career one day and getting employed was formidable.

I had talks with some of my peers and most of them who had the biggest dreams and a lot of potential are now stuck in a commonplace. Also when I look at the world today, it is just a mess. The world is painted red with numerous homicides, suicides and Covid-19 wiping out most people. So I ask myself, "What future is there when everything has turned left?" Our day to day living has taken a shift into a direction no one was prepared for and this turning point has been disastrous for most parts. But this just goes to show, the future is unpredictable.

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Anything can happen at any point in time. We can change our minds rapidly, may it be about our future or literally anything; the world can change as we have seen it happen time and time again. Therefore, I don't want to repeatedly put myself under constant stress about what the future holds.

Instead, I will work smarter and prepare myself for whatever I will stumble upon further in future. Also patience is key. Things might not be as lovely in this present time, but every day is a new day. The storm will pass and the sun will rise again. So, when I think of the future today, I think of new beginnings. The future is filled with unknown adventures that are simply just waiting and I want to explore that.

- Christians lives in Pretoria and is currently doing a 12-month HR course.


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