Monday, July 09, 2007


If you asked any young person whether they want to be like their parents when they become adult, they will tell you they want to be better. It is not that they do not like the way their parents are at the moment but rather, it is their aspiration to surpass the achievement of their parents. For the guys, they want to be better fathers and role model to their children while the gals want to be better mothers than their mothers. There is nothing wrong with such desire, at least it is every good parent’s wish for their children to grow taller than they are and achieve more than they did.

But at this stage, I paused to ask, with all these strong desire, what are the youths of today doing to ensure its achievement? Are they making any positive effort to be financially secured in the future? How are they treating their relationships now to avoid committing themselves to abusive relationship that may end in divorce? How are they planning to balance work with family to make sure they don’t end up as workaholics to their children?

Again, so often we young people complain that one of the barriers between successful adult-youth relationship is lack of understanding, however, we seems to forget that these adults didn’t wake up one morning to find themselves in adulthood. They were once youths like us. Perhaps when they were growing up too, they used to accuse their older ones of not understanding them. But due to them not having an open mind towards ensuring they learn and retain skills that will build them into better adults, they ended up just like the past generation. Thus, there is a need for us to open our mind to learn from their lapses so we don’t end up lacking understanding.

For every youth, who is working/struggling to make sure the future- when they will become adults and take up more mature responsibility, is secured, they must lay the foundation now and take control. Sow the kind of seed you would want to enjoy in future. If you build your wealth through “yahoo, yahoo” or “aristo” business, what story will you tell your children to make you a better role model to them?

The future they say belongs to those who prepare for it. Don’t be caught unprepared, begin to build a good legacy, acquire necessary skills that will unlock resources and most importantly, build your mind through proper education (not just the four walls called school), learn from the mistakes of the adults of today and equip yourself with what you need to move on. One of the secrets to securing your future is having a clear and intimate knowledge of who you are. We all have a calling, a reason why we are here on earth. It is our responsibility, not our government’s, to find out what it is. Oprah Winfrey once said “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” For every one of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out… find yours!

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