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Old is gold but, there’s a catch.

“The beauty of getting old is that every day is your birthday,” said a 78-year-old.
“I don’t think there is anything worth living for: I always think of committing suicide every day,” said a 60-year-old.

The above two accounts are statements said on the same day by different people neighbouring the other. The Ganda people attribute wisdom to old age thus the sayings; “Obukadde magezi……..”, “Eriiso ly’Omukulu………”

Our generation today attributes old age to physical life achievements. If a girl isn’t married by 30, they are already depressed. If a boy doesn’t own a car by 30, they are already depressed. The environment has always taught us that by the time the girl is in her 30s and not married: it is always a problem: pressure piles up from relatives, friends and others: making unbearable decisions for the appeasement of others.

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Time out. To recuperate, and reset.

Every time a friend, relative or colleague does something I barely knew about them from the past years, always my first question to them would be, when is your birthday? If not already celebrated, it’s always a few months ahead. It is my simple theory of understanding people’s birthdays. They are things worth celebrating, the small invisible negligible additions to our lives instead of celebrating numbers.

Yes! Life teaches us that each month or, a year an individual must have a physical achievement in their lives. And I believe an average person can’t object to this. But we should also keep track of the invisible achievements. And appreciate each year that comes into our lives, than dwelling on regrets, worries, depressions or anxieties.

Let us learn to appreciate Allah for the additions in our lives by tracking the invisible achievements that in one or the other may directly or indirectly lead us to physical achievements. I believe that “if you can’t appreciate what Allah has made you now, there is no way you will appreciate what you have achieved, be it physical or invisible”.

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Abbas Ahmad Kafumbe

Clinical Psychologist TPO & Pearl mental Wellness centre

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