Whose interests are you living for?


How often do you sit to think and dream about your life? How often do you ask yourself what you are living for?

What about the interests and motives that make you get out of bed to go to work each day? Please be reminded that when I talk about work I mean anything you do that consumes your physical or mental energies.

Therefore, I am not only talking about the working class, the farmers, the taxi drivers, or boda boda cyclists here. Rather, I am talking about every individual, including the students. Studying is work and therefore part of your present and future achievements. Often, we pay little attention to things

that we do every day. We sometimes do not consider what we have done in our past or where we want to be in future.

Last week, during a chat with a colleague of mine, I was disappointed by her lack of interest in evaluating herself. It is from such self-evaluation that we critique our actions. And this is a basis for us to dissociate ourselves from poor choices.

It also forms a foundation for us to plan for the future. There is a student who recently told me that he does not care whether he gets a retake or not.

Imagine a household that has many such malingerers. That is total misery! To your surprise such people have no shame blaming others or institutions for their failure. On the other hand, I have been privileged to interact with a student who has dedicated energy towards income-generating projects.

This project has helped her raise tuition and she is now waiting to graduate. What a wonderful person. She understands her past and present situations and uses them for future planning. There are formal employees who are stuck in a world of “all will be fine when I get a better job.” Oh, come on! We are now living in the world of innovations and entrepreneurship.

You have got to do something for yourself or else you live and die in a miserable situation. The big question we each should answer is: Whose interests and goals are you working to achieve?

Take responsibility for your actions and life. Peer groups are good and often supportive, but who are you when everyone turns their back on you? Sit and plan for your own future. Your interests are your own.

The writer is a lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences

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