Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Trials And Tribulations Of Young People

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
bsaint3@gmail.com


One of my hobbies is interacting with people, especially the young and elderly.
Having experienced life longer than I have, I find the elderly people very knowledgeable of life’s innumerable hurdles and informative on how to overcome them. Most of them are actually walking encyclopedias.

The youth, being very enthusiastic and progressive, offer valuable insight and projection of the future. Their dreams and aspirations are quite commendably inspirational.

Lessons from a blend of the two differing worlds, enables a focused and critical thinker to make viable decisions based on rational considerations.

On various occasions, I have chatted with some youth who have told me sad but interesting stories which highlight the trials and tribulations of many young people today. In their stories, one sees the plight of several others out there. No matter how much they endeavour to uplift themselves, their efforts are nevertheless rendered worthless by an unappreciative world. Consider for instance, the experiences of the young people below.

I once met a young man named Paul who graduated in 2003 with a Second Class Upper degree in Environmental Science from Uganda’s Makerere University. Ever since he completed his studies, he has never found a job yet he applies whenever he gets knowledge of a vacancy existing somewhere. On many occasions, Paul was called upon to attend interviews but that’s where it all ended. None of his numerous interviewers had ever offered him a job in six years after school! He told me that he had a ‘wife’ and a baby and that they all survive on his wife’s meager earnings from her secretarial bureau. That when he requested her to give him money to spend on chasing jobs, she would say, “Have, take and waste it too, like you have always done!” He shed tears as he narrated this to me.

Joan graduated last year with a degree in Social Sciences and she too has been without employment since then. In February this year, she visited the Municipal offices in Kabale District, looking for employment. She was told by one of the senior staff there to come back the following day for an interview with a designated junior officer. The boss and junior employee struck a deal to the effect that Joan should fail the interview such that her only hope lay with him (the boss). Indeed after the interview, she was told that she had failed miserably and was referred to the boss. After pleading with him, Joan was told to come the next day ready for work in the ‘field’. They spent that week in a hotel having sex! Everyday, she received Ug. Sh. 50, 000 (about US$ 30). Poor Joan realized that she was only being used as a sex object and never returned thereafter.

Concerning the issue of relationships, many young people are unable to keep lovers because they can’t afford the inevitable financial implications. Consequently, they end up having multiple partners over time, thus putting themselves at the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases like HIV/AIDS. My friend, Andrew, committed suicide after being dumped by his girlfriend.

To all young people who may be experiencing similar problems, I say that don’t lose hope. Never give up trying because there is a silver lining for every dark cloud. Tupac Shakur told his fans to “keep your head up,” and Martin Luther King said that, “If you can’t fly, run, if you can’t walk, crawl. By all means, keep moving.” Even if the world seems ruthless, remain positive and focused.