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Posts by Olavi Popyeinawa:
There are some great people out there who are doing amazing things. I have been impressed by many of them and I always wondered how they did it, how they managed to do so much so quickly, relatively speaking. At the start of the year, I always have a soft spot for parents, because sometimes no matter how much planning one does, you can never really be prepared for what will happen throughout the year, especially financially. More importantly, it is difficult to tell how this will affect your children. I was recently having a conversation with my younger brother, and while we have had many conversations before, I found this one quite annoying as he consistently kept questioning what I kept telling him. I am at a stage where some of my earlier actions are now catching up with me, both good and bad. We all know the saying of “you reap what you sow”, and as we get older, we slowly but continuously start to reap what we sowed years before. They say it is honourable for a person to admit their fears, but it is dishonourable for them to lie to themselves or others about it. All people are afraid unless they are perfectly free Namibia celebrated its independence a few days ago. Over the last few weeks, I have been spending more time with elders and trying to extract the knowledge they have learned over the course of their lives. It is at times like these that I wish they wrote books to document some of their invaluable knowledge. Despite what people say, nobody knows you better than you could ever know yourself – and even though we all know this, most people let the views and opinions of others define them. There are some things that I will probably never understand, until I find myself in certain situations. I’ve made peace with that. I also try not to judge people, because human beings are complex and one can never really know what goes on in another person’s mind. People stay and thrive where they are safe and appreciated, especially where the leaders of such a place or organisation, in one way or another make them feel recognised – and through their actions display their appreciation of the people with them. How did the youth ever get to a point where they no longer view hard work as a necessary life skill and not just a trait to have and dispose of when one wishes? There is a disconnection between how we think we live our lives and how we actually live our lives. As ambitious youth and people in general, we mostly tend to want more and do better; to live a life worthy of our dreams or ambitions. But sometimes we don’t even know what that life actually looks like. When you are on a roll, you are simply on a roll and there is not much that can slow you down. Actually, there shouldn’t be anything that should slow you down. It’s a beautiful space to be in when you are able to operate effortlessly with minimum resistance but when it is done or over, rest is very necessary. The month of June is recognised as Pride Month, where members of the LGBTQ+ community fight shame and social stigma, marching in the face of threats and violence. It is solemnly not a wise choice to always dive head first into anything without careful consideration of what you are getting into. “Educate your children to self-control, the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society,” Benjamin Franklin I have seen so many busy people who simply do not have the time to do anything else; even with what they claim to be important to them. It is my wish for everyone reading this to live long enough to reach old age, so the youth of the time can one day consider you the ‘fossil’ or ‘outopies’ and ‘zalies’ of their time. The good old days are behind us, or at least that’s what most of the youth think. It’s certainly what those who have lived before our independence have been saying and insinuating lately. With each fuel price increase or scandal in the government or scandal of any nature really, a comparison to the ‘good old days’ is thrown around here and there. Growing up, I was always told the choices I make today will influence my future, and I always thought that meant one bad choice I make today was going to have catastrophic consequences in the future, or vice versa.