Monday, August 24, 2015

You know nothing Jon Youth


Every generation assumes that they had it tougher than the one that followed. Many will lament about the struggle and the challenges which the youth of today know nothing about. "You know nothing about hard work" they say.
"Young people today are spoilt" they say.
"Back in my day, we didn't have ipads"  Tsk, tsk, tsk.

From my own experience, we were reminded endlessly of how our elders walked for days and survived on little to make ends meet. Of having only one exercise book, and a pencil. How lucky are you now. You don't know struggle. They retort.

In recent months, this sense of disappointment has appeared more frequently on social media, in memes, and photo comparisons. While I have laughed at some, it left me pondering:

"What are you hoping to achieve?"

The same group who are disappointed with youth, are the current leaders and influencers who so desperately need the involvement of youth in their work. And nothing isolates youth faster than this blaming 'You know nothing' mentality.

I do agree, that some of our young people today are straying and disappointing, much like we were to those before us. But perhaps we all need to stop blaming and comparing and accept these facts:
  • That, that was then and this is now. Live in the Now. (And influence tomorrow's leaders
  • What can you do differently, that will help make a difference for youth today?
  • There are many complexities that exist today, compared to the previous era.
  • Social media exists today - something what has added challenges for young people.
My message for those who are disappointed with youth today is - take the time to know them, in your community and learn more about their worlds. By doing so, you will come to realise their position/perspective and how you, in all your years of wisdom can help.

More importantly, if more of our community have an understanding of youth today, that's more people who will empathise, understand, and be champions for youth today:

Here's an example of a young person today who is amazing:
Click to watch Iavana Seuala

Ura Tabu Pacific Dance | Moana Poiri


Absolutely beautiful work Leitulagi (Nat) and co!

Saturday, August 08, 2015

My perfect Samoan aunty

Today, I was feeling generous at the markets and bought my Nana Ev half a dozen oysters, wrapped beautifully in ice packing thingis and laid lovingly next to two lemon slices. or lime, whatfuckenevs.
I called her number and realise she's not answering. We dropped in at her home and no one was there but she calls me back on her mobile phone., which she calls "my mobol telafone. Niece, call me on my mobol telafone and i'll picky it up".
She hardly does,
ANyhow, I told her about the oysters and she said for us to come to her.
She is at the, pub. "No, at the tavern, come to the tavern niece." (She doesn't drink, she fundraises).
"Aunty, I have 2 under 8s with me, I can't come to the pub, but drop by home later"
"Come bring my kids to the pub, I miss them and bring my oysters".
I hung up and drove home.
The thing is, I love my aunty Ev and the kids adore her. But her relationship with my kids is like my relationship with my sierra heels. I only wear them when it's special occasions and when I want to feel farken amazing. Similarly, she truly adores them and shows them off to her friends and inside the RSA among an audience.  And much like the heels - they are painful to deal with after a while, so when the crowd disperses, I step out of the heels and Aunty Ev hands back the two little humans.
In the beginning, I used to be peeved about this, but I have come to accept that she doesn't know any better. She isn't mean about it. Homegirl just aint got no time for little shites. hahaha
It farken drives me mad sometimes but we are used to it and it makes for hilarious conversations at the dinner table.
sometoimes. lol

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Sustainable this and that

"Interesting how the term sustainable was a hit in the 80s -90s, then it got overused/obsolete/disliked/ambiguous and now it's coming back with a vengeance.
So bad that now it is being used to mean anything really, like, "we need to generate sustainable solutions to rahrahrah and ensure that sustainable outcomes are achieved" Overused me thinks. Now I hope that people can grow up and break down what they mean by sustainable,. and not use it as just another catchphrase.
If we want the Joe Publics and Sione Polos to get engaged with global issues and "Sustainable" Development Goals, my free advice is:
- Keep it simple.
Goodbye,
Your Sustainability Goddess.


 #sustainable #sustainabledevelopmentgoals #sustainableBS #kigakaliga 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ta'alolo

The first time I witnessed a ta'alolo was at the opening of the EFKS church in Fogapoa.

A ta'alolo is where a group(village or family) walk/dance together in song and dance to present gifts at the opening of a new building or church or the celebration of some sort.

Large fine mats are usually displayed and there is much noise and celebration.

At the front of the ta'alolo is the dancer - who could be the taupou (female), or manaia (male) or it could also be a chief.

I enjoy watching the dancing in this occasion because it is more ...jovial and fun., almost too sure at times la lea.

On the morning of the Fogapoa celebrations, we gathered at Tuasivi, looking down onto the village below - I was young, bored, and wishing I was home but also intrigued at the chaos that surrounded my mom, who was leading the ta'alolo that day.

The tuiga she wore was gorgeous and so was the fine mat wrapped around her.

I remember thinking, I want to lead a ta'alolo one day, but the trouble is, I have 3 +1 sisters and the baatches dance better than me.

I was the cinderfella that carried the bags while the kolilas danced. But hey- I'm fine about it., I'm still young and there are plenty more churches being built. Haha Hhmmm, now where was I?

Yes---the ta'alolo, it is a beautiful sight and if you ever participate in one, don't forget, be joyful, lively, swing that nifo oti like a bawse and make the most of it.

One of my favourite modern day pics of a ta'alolo with the beautiful Siainiusami Imelda as the taupou.
(Photo credit: Image belongs to Leua Aiono Frost).




The mystery of Pulemelei

This is the view from Pulemelei Mound in Savaii:....I keep wondering and marvelling at the grandeur and poweress of our ancestors....
 
 I marvel at their strength in creating these structures (the largest of its kind in Polynesia)
 and then fast forward to today,....
                                                 ....what happened?
 
chooohoooo....(jokes bro, just joking Kilisi!)