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4 Key African Things You Won’t Be Told As You Grow Up

While growing up, every parent and relative struggles to   teach you everything they can so as you develop and mature as soon as possible.

Interestingly, the following four items are forgotten despite being very key to someones life.

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  1. YOUR PARENTS ARE GROWING OLDER TOO.

One day, amidst all the chaos as you struggle to gain some recognition in this world, you will stop and realise that your parents are growing old. Maybe you will find them fast asleep on the chair with the prime time news running. They will no longer have the strength or the attention span to sit through the one hour news, something they did like a ritual when you were a child. In that moment, confusion will creep in and you will stare at them and wonder how you got to that point. However, you will shake off all the uncertainty when it hits you that your parents need you and you cannot fail.

  1. YOU WILL LOSE FRIENDS.

With time, your best friends will choose different career paths and you will struggle to relate to each other’s stories. They will marry strange men and get children that will fill up all their time. After many calls that are filled with awkward silence and scarce lunches that are full of forced laughter you will have to admit that your friendship is dying. Not because of fights or disinterest but because life is life. No one ever warns you about this sort of heartbreak…

  1. DEATH WILL BECOME YOUR ACQUAINTANCE

Parents, friends, siblings and strangers; Once in a while, death will make a stop-over at your house and make itself at home. Suddenly, you will be the one explaining to the children the concept of death and heaven. You will resent death but have no choice but to be strong. On the other hand, when things get too hard you will console yourself with the knowledge that death sooner or later will come for all of us. Death will become your acquaintance.

  1. IT’S ALL A GAME.

After one too many disappointments and tears, you will notice that nobody actually knows for sure what they are doing. Everything is a façade. If you are wise you will join the game and learn the rules. Make eye-contact, dress well, be nice and confident. Sometimes you fight and fight hard. Just remember nothing is a make or break it’s all a game.

 

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