New Era (Windhoek)

13 February 2013

Namibia: Youths Must Take Charge of Own Dreams

Windhoek — She pictured life like a movie. Ester Nambahu, 22, an unemployed woman says she always thought that one can have a good life when you have a degree behind your name, until life proved her wrong.

She thought she could have her own place when she was done with school, get a good job and live independently. But she has realised that only you can make your own dream a reality. "When we are young, we all have dreams of what we want to be. We have parents and elders who always encourage, motivate and help us live our dreams but sometimes life isn't fair, help isn't always there. There are times when you would think of giving up or either fighting back but only you can make the choice or decision in your life."

"To find a job is very hard," says Ester. "Sometimes a degree is not enough, rent is too high.One can't catch up with social media and life is just too expensive." "I got dreams of owning my own business, employing people and just living the life, but all there is, are problems. There is no money and nobody wants to help you. But I know that every problem you have is your responsibility, regardless of who caused it," she says.

Maya Werner, an undergraduate student at the Polytechnic of Namibia, believes that making things happen for yourself is the only way as we all have dreams but it's up to us to make them real and live them. "I wish to finally graduate and continue my career in my field. I also hope to further music career. The music industry is becoming full and that is something that keeps my music from reaching its full potential," Werner says.

"I try my best every day to promote my music as often as I can by trying to get it out to the masses. I try to stay positive as much as I can because it does get hard to keep your dreams alive but keeping positive is the most important." Maya adds that she does not get any help from someone but that does not stop her from trying. "If you complain too much, you won't accomplish anything, you have to get up and do something for yourself because no one will do it for you," says she.

According to Shaun Katjivikua, a youth leader at the Sinai Christian Church, the youths of today are too laid back. Instead of trying to improve their living standards themselves, they are waiting for miracles. "They seem not to care where they will be in the next five years and mostly focus on unimportant issues which can be solved anytime." "We should know our goals in life. We should hang out with friends who suit our goals in life, and we should learn to listen and understand each other because that's the only way we can make life easier for ourselves and achieve what we want by working together," Shaun says.

Unfortunately, many people are afraid of challenges and fear that what they do or plan to do might not work out. "You should never let any opportunity pass you by, no matter how little or small it is, grab it and do something with it or turn it into something bigger. Do not be discouraged but rather be motivated by any negativity you hear, you can overcome all obstacles life put your way. Have faith and believe in yourself always."

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