I am poor, but I won’t rob or turn into a gigolo! How will I change my life?
I will neither steal nor rob someone, because these people to whom I steal from or whom I assault are not the perpetrators of my current situation. I am the only responsible.
I am a young Senegalese man. I have neither degree nor a professional experience that could allow me to get a good job in an office. My parents are poor, so I can neither dress in the same way as some of the rich guys, nor afford certain pleasures that many other people pay for themselves, etc. Anyway, luck hasn't smiled at me yet. But it’s not the end of the world. I am still alive. So, I’m not going to set myself on fire, because I’ll be a loser both on Earth and up there. I will neither steal nor rob someone, because these people to whom I steal from or whom I assault are not the perpetrators of my current situation. I am the only responsible. I am not going to sell my body, because my future children deserve better than seeing their father being called a gigolo, like these prostitutes, men and women, who have become fathers and mothers. I am not going to beg either, because my country deserves better than seeing its young people reduce their lives to begging. I will not disrupt my brother financial budget. He lives in Italy. He also has his life to build and I must not be this obstacle which will prevent him from reaching his own ambitions. I will not reduce my life in slander sessions with friends around the teapot, because these hours could be used to change my current life, to get a better life. I will then take charge of my future. I don't need money to start because I already have all the wealth I need. I have my hands, legs, ears, tongue, eyes and head. I will then find a tree, maybe a tamarind tree. I am going to cut a few branches to transform them into toothpicks which I will sell at the market. It will give me some money. I’ll eat it and put some money aside too. Later, with the money I save, I will buy products such as “Café Touba” (coffee named “Touba”), tea or even millet. I will then sell hot coffee or tea or even millet porridge. I’ll probably make this porridge my daily meal and save some money. I will temporarily put the chicks aside and avoid some of the expenses that some of my friends for their girls. They have the money and I do not. So I better be honest with myself. I will focus on my future and master the art of living within my means. I'll save, save, save.... Once I have saved enough, I will build my business. I will improve my skills to succeed in business, if necessary. And, these people who laughed at me when I was selling toothpicks are going to look at me differently. Anyway, that's their problem, because I won't have to regret having robbed someone, stolen something, begged, or even lived a life of a gigolo. I will have my life turned around from scratch. I am sure that every Senegalese, man or woman, in the same situation as me can contribute to reducing unemployment, because I was able to do it. I didn’t wait for the government to come to my rescue. By the way, who am I? I am this Senegalese man who was desperate after a failure in primary school, thinking that my life was over. I'm this Senegalese man who was about to set himself on fire, thinking that all was lost. I am this Senegalese man, unemployed, but who still has his arms, his hands, his eyes, his tongue, his head ... who therefore has the possibility of changing his life. I am this Senegalese who thinks that our mentalities must change and that we cannot expect everything from the Government. Whatever the current situation a person may be in, it is possible to change their life without resorting to robbing, theft, prostitution or begging. I am this Senegalese who is against the easy life, who is convinced that success will never fall from the sky... because the good Lord has already warned us. Lord will help us when we help ourselves. I am this Senegalese man who would like all my brothers and sisters to be inspired by my life to change theirs. It is not too late and nothing has been lost yet. It is then necessary to get rid of the laziness and the complex of inferiority, to show realism and commitment in order to change Senegal and Africa together. God bless my Senegal, God bless my Africa. Note: This story is an illustration to invite the Senegalese youth to change their mentalities and wake up to change their lives without waiting for everything to come from the Government.