Growing up in religious family you are told every day to be grateful, like “Patrick, gaan bid vir jou seeninge” or “Patrick, you need Jesus in your life”
… and it can become quite frustrating to be told appreciate what you have EVERYDAY.
And don’t get me wrong I am, I’m glad I’m not just another African child who is covered in flies who never seem to have enough to eat. but guys come on it is exasperating!
But what I never understood was that my life outside of my family home, outside my religion, gratitude is seen as a weakness, a emotion that keeps you from being successful.
Go to school, any sporting event and of course take a look at Media and you’ll see that ambition is virtue prized above all others. You as the inexperienced and poor student should always strive to be more than what you currently are…more richer, more successful than your neighbors and those that are contend with their lives are seen as fools.
Now realize if I told that you had a few hours left to live, what will you value the most from your life?
Mine? well, it will be the smell of the my first Harry Potter book; Swimming at Gordons Bay with friends and family…fully submerged in water, traveling South Africa with my friends
As you can see what you value the most is not necessarily the materialistic but the experience.
Society tells you to always strife to be more but never tells you when you are successful,
– It tells you rather to buy Jacobs than Ricoffee but doesn’t tell you to stop and enjoy it.
My solution for this societal cancer is for you, as an individual, to define your own success.