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Posts by Olavi Popyeinawa:
There is no doubt that in recent years, sport has been getting a great deal of success and coverage both on and off the field. Every week in our local newspapers, there is an article about youth and unemployment. There was one heading that particularly drove this point home a few weeks ago, claiming that youth unemployment is set to hit 50%. That is just an unbelievable stat. One of the benefits of growing older is you learn a little bit more about how life works and gain a better understanding of it. As children, we have always been told not to rush through life; there will always be enough time to do what you want, eventually. Most people go through life not knowing what they want out of it. A few people will understand what that means, and an even smaller group of people will be able to grasp its meaning. As humans, we try to control as much as we can; we will at times go to extreme measures just to keep control. One of my grade six teachers always used to say that every time you point a finger at someone, there are always three fingers pointing back at you. I have never forgotten her words, but have never really understood them either. I did live by their literal meaning and up to now, I hardly point with one finger. I find the concept of trust interesting. It’s one of those things that we can’t live without, but we need it to progress forward. If there’s one thing I learned from life early on, is that it’s much better to get along with people than to be at each other’s throats. Consider yourself fortunate and blessed if you still have your parents with you. Family is one of the pillars of life. It is the one thing you know is always going to be around, no matter what. I call it a gift from God; life’s way of giving you a headstart in the world. One of the events that make Namibia such a great and stable country, is how effortlessly power is transferred to the incoming leader. I am a firm believer we are all leaders; we lead every day in everything we do – but most importantly, we lead our lives as best as we can. We have seen time and again that we live in a world where history tends to repeat itself. Spend enough time around people who have spent a number of decades walking the face of the earth, and you will quickly notice there isn’t much happening today they haven’t seen or experienced before. There is a lot that still has to be addressed in this country. The number of controversial topics and issues that have to be addressed could go on for years before we fully understand and settle them. What I want is not what you want. What is beneficial to you might not be beneficial to the next person – and we are, therefore, likely to step on each other’s toes snow and then. I personally believe everyone who does great and impactful work should get credit for it, because they truly deserve it. It takes a lot to do something that will have an impact on others’ lives or thinking. To me, that’s the noblest work there is. It’s not a far-off assumption that the year hasn’t been something to write home about; actually, the last two years haven’t been ones for the books. We have officially entered the last month of the year and in many instances the end of the official business year. The end of the year is finally upon us, and I truly hope you have enjoyed it. One of my closest friends is a perfectionist. Actually, two of my closest friends are perfectionists. Every time we enter a new year, there is usually a strong urge to look to the future to try and reach for something new.