Time for the youths to stand up! By Dillon Ollivierre

Dillon Ollivierre

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today”. This powerful quote comes from Malcolm X. Many Great historians have left us with a message of hope, they have left us with a message of strength, determination and most importantly they have left us with inspiration .Their life to us is a story but the story teaches us all we need to know; it shows us that we are not alone when it comes to facing struggles, and more so shows us that we can overcome our many struggles.

Mother Teresa’s bold stand shows us that one person can make a difference while Nelson Mandela proved that no matter your past is, you can work towards a brighter future. Nelson Mandela went from prisoner to President who did exceptionally well for his country. Most often as youths we doubt ourselves and weigh our problems on a scale that leans more to the negative rather than the positive. We stress too much on our problems rather than try to find a solution. We lose hope easily because our self-esteem is low or because we are too lazy to think outside the box on how to solve our problems. We expect life to be a bed of roses and when we realize that it’s not, we panic as imperfect beings. We will ALL make mistakes in life however it’s what you gather from that mistake that’s essential. You can either make the same mistakes over and over or put what you have leant into action.

As young people it is essential for us to tackle the many issues that affects us today before it becomes a threat tomorrow. We are young, powerful and blessed. Each one unique in their own way with a hidden talent. Why not contribute towards a better tomorrow? Why not contribute towards a better world?. You may ask “ What can I do?” Look at Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther king Jr and all these great people who have contributed positively and strongly. They were not united as a group but still they contributed independently . They are examples which prove that one person CAN make a difference.

Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change that you want to see in the world“. Instead of being a part of the group which speaks of wanting a change or wanting to see better why not be one of the person to bring about such change? Stop lusting for a change. BE THE CHANGE.

You may be  waiting for the right time to make a contribution or wondering when will be the right time to begin. Well mother Teresa answers the question in this quote “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin”.

In conclusion, it is essential to note that as youths you ARE the future of tomorrow and as such decisions made today will affect you tomorrow. Issues that you refuse to solve today will become a threat tomorrow. It is important that we as youths contribute towards the development of our country so as to enable a brighter and more productive tomorrow.

What I see needed is for our Caribbean youths, is that we need to be awaken; especially our males. We need our youths to be more involved whether it be sharing their views on issues that affects us as youths or the country as a whole. Our voice must be heard. We must be more bold and courageous and speak up to secure a brighter tomorrow. Remember your fore-parents fought to secure you with a bright future and your parents fought hard during their many struggles to provide you with a bright future, it is now vital that you fight for a bright future for the children of tomorrow.

 Dillon Ollivierre

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dillon Ollivierre on March 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

    @ Vincent…true!


  2. Posted by Dillon Ollivierre on March 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Our youths need to be more encourage to be involve in contributing towards the development and advancement of our country.However youths refuse to do so because of the way they are often treated by adults such treatments become a source of discouragement for our youths..


    • Posted by Vincent Charles on March 13, 2011 at 9:01 am

      So true…instead of analysing the contribution on its merit, the product (creation, point, action) is expressly dismissed because of the producer. “You young, way you do fuh know”….

      But Dillon why said adults? Perhaps “so-called” adults, because by most standards adulthood is around 18-21… So you in your late teens, early twenties are less adult than me in my mid twenties? You are young, but also adult, so young adult.


  3. Posted by Ashley John on March 11, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Great going Dillion, brave step. In times of turmoil they always needs that refreshing voice, the Voice of the Youths. I encourage to take this step even further and say to the youth some of the steps hey can actually take to become better citizens.


  4. Posted by Dillon Ollivierre on March 10, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Thanks guys! Just throwing in my few cents in hope that other youths will see the importance of getting involve and letting there voice be heard


  5. Posted by Vincent Charles on March 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Great article……it is always refreshing when youth interject. We have a particular ways of seeing things which though not superior to any other, is certianly quite original and distinct.

    Let no man despise your youth, old men do not have all the answers, and we cannot allow them to destroy the country which we will one day inherit.


  6. Posted by Country Before Party on March 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    You have made so many validate points Dillion Ollivierre, you are so right when you say the young people hold the future in their hands, they must stand up for their rights. One person can make a difference, SVG is going down the wrong path. The country is in complete disorder and the young people need to bring SVG back into a country where your rights and freedoms are not infringed upon !


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