Opinion: The Untold Future of Today’s Youth


By: Gladys Ayorinde


We all have dreams, ambitions, inspirations and passions about something that we look forward to becoming, not mindful of what the future holds. As such, this makes one to ponder, “Should I work towards the fulfilment of my dreams? Or Should I just allow my future to tell itself?

We always look forward to seeing the future, we had planned for, even though ‘not everybody plans’. Individuals’ future holds different things. And when the future doesn’t bring what we expect out of it, who do we blame then? The future  that rests in its blossom waiting for whom to use it or the thought that fills our hearts when we were still in our reverie dictating for the future and not working towards what we have dictated for it? Or should we just blame ourselves for even thinking about the future?

We see future as a mirage because we are so engrossed in the merriments of yesterday and today. But can we sum up this as tomorrow? Our future holds a lot for us. But some youths’ future hold nothing because they themselves have tampered with their future; they believe in the mere saying that ‘You only live once’ and by misinterpreting that Maxim, they forget that ‘You are the architect of your own life’. They think that the future is still far away.

Some youths’ future keeps telling them, ‘Can’t you just be somewhere so quiet, where no one would see or hear you?’ They have forgotten that Divinity has crafted and sculptured the future well for them but because of what their past experience and mistakes hold, they tend to continue leaning on, mediating on and living with the past(mistakes and experiences) and allowing those mistakes to hunt them down. We should always remember that it’s not about our pasts. It’s not about the mistakes we have made, but it’s about where we are heading to. We should never allow our pasts to hunt us down.

Some people say, ‘I have lived amidst young people who had ambitions, but no more live with the ambitions’. I have seen young people who tried to live by their ambitions, but ended up living with another person’s ambitions’. “How will my story not end like this?” This should always be the thought that fills our hearts all the time. Do we really now know what the future holds for us, even when we don’t plan for it? Maybe not!

It’s a future when you had it in mind to study medicine but ended up studying Agricultural Economics and later became a successful Fashion Designer. It’s also a future when you fumbled to study Law and you ended up studying or found yourself in Adult Education and you say ‘I, Adult Education? Does that mean I will become a teacher, in Nigeria? Hell no!’ It’s unknown to you like that, that even you, can redefine your future if you have found out that, the future you had earlier planned for will not yield success for you.

Today’s young people no more think of how to maximize their talents to influence their life, other people’s lives and the world positively. Instead, they tend to do things that will yield that ‘instant money’ and later put them into ‘everlasting trouble’. For instance the word ‘YAHOO’ that I know is a search engine/web portal and the full form is ‘Yet another Hierarchical Officious Oracle’ but what do people use it for today, particularly among ‘young people’? Fraudulent acquisition of unclean money!

The future has a lot to offer so far we are ready to give it what it takes. We should not undermine what we are capable of doing. Since we don’t know what the future holds, it’s never too early to start thinking about the future and the best we can bring out of it. It’s our duty to lay the foundation of our future. The kind of foundation an individual lays will determine how productive, fruitful or vice versa the future will be.

An anonymous writer once said that, your mental picture will determine your actual future. This literally means that, whatsoever image a being has programmed in his brain about the future, will be what he will be working toward making into reality.

To un-tell the future, you plan for the future. Make plans; set positive/realistic goals and work towards fulfilling those goals. Set resolutions and think realistically to make the resolutions fulfilled. Fear kills hopes; fear kills dreams; do not be afraid to take few risks.

Make a plan with details of how you are going to get your ideal future. Do you need to study hard to get your dream come to pass? Do you need to get engaged into extra curriculum activities in school to reach that target goal? Do you need to learn a trade or any vocational skill? Do you intend to be a powerful industrialist or captain of industry? Start building that ideal future now. Know your ability and what you’re capable of.

A friend of mine once wrote an article titled “Is school really a scam?” and another friend replied to the question by saying “school is not a scam, schooling is a scam.” Whether school is a scam or schooling is a scam, one thing I know is that, not everyone will have the opportunity to go to school and not everyone that goes to school will make something good out of it. But if you have the chance to go to school, don’t just pass through school, let school also pass through you. Make use of the opportunity wisely.

Some people know their strengths and some aren’t sure. Why not discover your strengths by planning the future now? Do we still know what the future holds for us? Truly, nobody knows tomorrow but we should always know and think that, whatsoever tomorrow will be or the future holds, no one else, but ‘you’ can plan the future for you.

Youth, our future is not yet revealed, until we locate that talent of ours and make use of it wisely. Our future is yet untold, until we wake up from the misconception we hold about ourselves, our future and the world at large. Our future is yet untold, until we see that the future is now widely revealed, that we no more live in mirage. Let’s influence the world positively, we possess the potentials.

On a final note, if you and I don’t tell the future now, who else will reveal it for us? If you and I refuse to un-tell the future, how do we want others to un-tell theirs through us? Do we still want our future to remain untold? Let’s plan the future now, for ‘Life is what happens when we are busy planning out our future’.


  1. this is insightful and motivating. I learnt a lot from your article and it has set in me the drive to reach out for what I want.. Thank you ❤

  2. This article is insightful and very much motivating. I learnt a lot and it has set in me the drive to reach out for what I want.. Thank you ❤


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