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It pays to stay young

Mon, 29 April 2013 04:13
by Rafael Diza
Columns

for some time now I’ve been trying to find a word that describes the magic of youth - the unspoken energy that makes youth so fearless and non-judgmental about themselves and their dreams.
This morning I had a discussion with someone who has become a mirror of sorts for me; forcing me to look within and back on my journey thus far - and she doesn’t even know that she challenges me to question things about myself, ha! - and I realized what that magic is.
It’s exuberance. A love of life and perhaps more importantly, of learning.
It’s placing all bets on yourself when you don’t even know how things will work out and simply trusting that they will.
It’s placing your request to God, and sitting back to let the universe conspire on your behalf.
The moment you start thinking you are deserving, is when you lose it all.
Don’t get me wrong, you are deserving. But when you start dwelling on that fact, you subconsciously categorize things as worthy of you, your attention, time, skills, etc, - or otherwise - and so might eliminate good things and blessings in your life based on your taking face value to them.
I speak of youth as though I’m past the stage. But no, I’m still in it. I’d just forgotten. Forgotten to always seek the why, to be curious, to do things for the heck of it and be non-judgmental. To live in the moment.
Think about it, children couldn’t care less what time of day it is.
One moment, they laugh, another they cry. It’s in the moment. Yet as we grow up and take on responsibilities, we trick ourselves into thinking its all ‘us’.
If I do this or that or this that way then I shall get this or that result. We tie a noose to our necks and limit ourselves and the possibilities.
The exuberance of youth lies in a thirst for learning, discovering, pushing boundaries. You don’t need to sit in front of a chalkboard to learn. In fact, many sit in front of a chalkboard and come out with nothing.
Seek ye knowledge. Get to know yourself first before you take on the world as an adult. These are but some of the teachings of people like multi billionaires Frans Indongo and Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun have illustrated in the past.
The key to always staying youthful is living in the moment, making a conscious decision to learn every day (and that means admitting you don’t know), taking risks, and trusting. And like any good youth, you ought to have a bit of clean fun as well.
Stay open and smile from within or stay hungry and stay foolish. Unravel the youth in you!

Raffled Joke of the week
A mother took her little boy to church. While in church the little boy said, “Mommy, I have to pee.”
The mother said to the little boy, “It’s not appropriate to say the word ‘pee’ in church. So, from now on whenever you have to ‘pee’ just tell me that you have to ‘whisper’.”
The following Sunday, the little boy went to church with his father and during the service said to his father, “Daddy, I have to whisper.“
The father looked at him and said, “Okay, just whisper in my ear.”

Raffled Quote of the week
Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old – Franz Kafka

Raffled Personality of the week
The much publicised NAMA’s were nothing but a comedy act gone bad! Fortunately, I didn’t attend or watch them on television, but if media reports are anything to go by, Im glad I didn’t even bother watching them. But nonetheless, I honour Mushe and Blossom for grabbing most of the awards. I think the duo should follow their feat up by producing a collabo song.
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