My days of leisure have come to an end

Dear Diary,

My days of leisure have come to an end. I have to admit that as much as I enjoy “penning” my thoughts, it was good to be free of my obligations and sleep in, spend hours with my favourite fictional characters, etcetera.But enough of that.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s incensed by what seems like never ending crime especially rape and theft which are prevalent in our society.

Recently a young man met his demise, a demise which he brought upon himself. It was reported that the individual attempted to rob individuals of their belongings at gunpoint however lost his life when an individual, (present at the time), acted quickly by stabbing the villain, presumably in an attempt to save his own life and the others.

An act which this individual, (an elderly man), has been publicly praised for,and which caused many to utter “good riddance” to a menace—sad that one can be such a nuisance, that their departure from life is actually a relief!

But you have heard it time and time again in English and in Creole and perhaps in other tongues—“What you reap is what you sow”, “Sa ou plántè, sè sa ou wekoltè, or, “Sa ou fè, sa ou wè.”

“The times” have affected many of us—we are struggling too! Working hard for a dollar and some callous individual comes away to snatch what we or our parents have worked so hard for. Newsflash: it’s hard on all of us, but you don’t see all of us threatening others at gunpoint, demanding what they have worked so hard for: parents who have low paying jobs yet who have to find a way to make ends meet: send their intelligent children, their glimmer of hope to respected schools, so that they can have a better way of life; people who have no idea where their next meal is coming from, parents who are dejected, overwhelmed,because they can’t bear to tell the truth to young innocent eyes— that the hardships of life is draining them. But yet still, they go on. You don’t see these individuals pointing guns at others!

Yes, life gets tough and it only gets tougher. Welcome to the new age.

If you are unemployed and have no luck finding employment at a business establishment, try offering your services: wash a car, clean somebody’s yard, plant a few things, sell them. Learn a trade. Heck, if you have tried everything, go to a media house, let your situation be known. Ask for help. But never throw your life away when life becomes too much because in that moment, only in that moment, will you realize that your actions, so inane, were not worth it but then it will be way too late.

Take care guys,

Sincerely, always,
Rae A.

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