For years I have witnessed young people getting snubbed for positions I believe if given the chance, they would flourish. Most times it appeared that because some of the more experienced individuals never saw it fit to give up the lime light the youth would never savour the feeling of seeing their names in neon lights.
Sadly, over the last few days I have been forced to look at things from a different perspective. Later, I will explain why I chose the word sadly, to describe how I felt at the time. Let’s get into what has mademetake a double take. I have observed a trend in youth behaviour that unfortunately doesn’t auger well for the much touted about youth development in our island.
Young people, we have a problem accept advice and even correction from individuals who have been in situations and have had experiences which supersedes any daunting task we’ve ever faced. I watched in amazement as an “elder” tried to no avail to invoke some of his abundant knowledge on an egotistic adolescent.
Here was a man, willing to empower the very youth we lament about not getting chances and he was being uncouth, talking about “knowing that already”. Thankfully, patience was one of the man’s strong suits and before frustration kicked in he allowed the ignorant youth to work things his way.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for learning on your own, but, we have to appreciate and accept when someone is trying to help us; especially when we haven’t the slightest idea of what we are doing. Needless to say, our young friend was soon back at the side of his “mentor” seeking counsel for the very project he was so brash about knowing what to do.
Young people I am all for giving us a chance but we have to understand that it is okay to get and accept help. It is how we learn, how we become better. Acquiring knowledge shouldn’t be viewed as a weakness. Earlier I said it was sad that I had to change my stance and that is because I realize that it is some of our own youth who are the architectsof our demise. Adults find it difficult to trust us because we haven’t shown them that we can be trusted and those who do become a statistic in the “Peter pays for Paul” conundrum.
Have a great weekend ya’ll and God bless.