It’s hard in Ghana. But nothing is also free in this world.
Some people, painfully women, do not even at some point have 100 cedis to their name—and they have to look around for where their next meal will come from.
It’s obvious that it’s hard, also for the young men. But as I said, nothing is free in this world.
We have to all work, somehow, to make money and live a life we aspire for. There has to be hard work.
No one will wake up in the morning to find his bank account filled with money. That is not how life works.
However, a lot of young men and women in Ghana do not want to sacrifice or even work at all. They just want to arrive, immediately—without taking the journey.
How do you say you have arrived when you never travelled?
Some people have inherent free-loading mentality—always asking for free money because, in the past, someone has given when they asked—or they think they are so special that they don’t need to work for it.
People also just polish up and come on social media claiming to be things which they are not (CEO, Model, Make-Up Artist, Actor, Musician, Self-Employed and others)—but living a lie, in appalling conditions. Instead of finding some real work to do, while they pursue their dreams of being these things, they prefer to live in the pockets and on the benevolence of others.
The person who sells water in traffic deserves help or any handout than the one who sits on social media, posting photos, commenting and liking things 24/7–and expecting that because he or she is handsome or beautiful, money should fall from the sky for him or her.
No one promised that life will be easy. As long as we are here, we need to adopt sane methods that will make it easy and good for us.
Easy does not mean living on others—it means being in charge of your own issues and finding a soft way to settle them through genuine work.
People look at others and think they are lucky. As I mentioned in my write up over the weekend, there is nothing really like luck—it’s about preparedness.
And the biggest problem we are faced with, even in the midst of a pandemic, is that people are still living beyond their means—they are obsessed with things they don’t really need but want, and cannot even afford it.
If a brother or a sister needs help, we are supposed to help but that should not be what a brother or sister constantly lives on. It’s absurd and contemptuous to our struggle.
Those waking up at 4am to go to work or selling in traffic are not fools—while you the social media beggar or intelligent swindler is wise.
You need to do something genuine for money in this life—anything less than this is thievery.
Even if someone is to give you free money, free accommodation, free rent, free money or anything for free, you need to ask yourself this—what have I done to deserve this free thing. This is because nothing is really free in this world—you always pay or have to pay for something, in some way.
And if you are one of those always asking for free things—you will find out that you will pay for it in a manner expensive that the value.
Don’t be a fool to the illusion of FREE.