‘Dreams’ are the strength of the youth. It is what makes the future sound more interesting, and everyone has them. I find it really interesting how diverse our dreams are and how much belief we have about achieving them when we are kids. At that point of childhood, there’s no holding back as concerning the tangibility of these dreams. But when we grow up, we somehow loose steam; the fire that propelled us then just extinguishes somehow.
It sort of grilled me to discover through my personal encounter/survey that at least 60% (that’s being a little bit conservative) of university students are reading courses that have nothing to do with their dreams. Little wonder we have a generation of frustrated and angry youths ready to explode at the slightest form of provocation from society. This situation seems to be instigated by the general society but carried out by parents. I’ve always wondered why parents decide to either out rightly or subtly decide what their children should study. The truth is a lot of them know it is not the best thing to do but very few have enough tenacity to hold up their cravings and the pressures of society, to nurture the wonderful individual that God gave them as a gift.
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it”, is what a lot of parents quote but how many really understand that there is “…the way he should go…” which implies destiny and this has nothing to do with any man but God alone. The gift God gave was put in your care to nurture not to dominate or intimidate as we most presently have. This has driven many young people into danger through seeking direction from “other sources” in their genuine quest to living a fulfilled life rather than being somebody else’s puppet.
Every child, no matter how young is significant and different with a God-given purpose. So if God sees us that importantly, the next in line should be our parents and if God in all his ‘Godness’ does not force his will on his creation, nobody else should.
A child with a broken dream is a terrorist in the making!
I have come to see and feel the pain of young people who gotten love from their parents through fat bank accounts, cars in school, the best private universities and yet crave for the one who will in spite of their inadequacies and unconventionalities, take them for who they are and for the dream they carry with so much passion. And more often than not, it ends up not being their parents.
According to my recent discovery, most parents try to make their children live out the dream they could never accomplish; others want an exact replica of themselves. But based on my personal thoughts, I’d love to state that I believe parents have good plans for their kids, kids have better plans for themselves while God has the best plan for them.
There is a massive communication gap/understanding gap between what we are meant to do and what we do as parents. It is certain that this present generation will give birth to the next one; we owe the children of tomorrow the right to pursue dreams and be guided in the same. Will we give them the treatment that we received? Will they fall into the same situation that we’ve so valiantly fought and survived from?
The basic unit of any society is the family, if we do not know how to run a family how do we intend to succeed at running a nation? If web can’t let the children dream and be who they want to be, how can we talk of a brand Nigeria? Every society that has become a model today has always been talent based. That is what we this generation of patriotic Nigerians need to start doing.
Hence they come to the point where it seems their dreams will never come to pass, that is the point where they need you daddy and mummy to be able to show them that in spite of everything baby, we are committed to you!
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