Whether it was following the latest bushy eyebrow trend or an attempt to bring back shoulder pads or taking that shot of tequila you know was not meant for you. There have always been one or two past bad choices we've made, that we can reflect on now and take the lessons from.
We can't change the past, but we have the ability to help someone else avoid the same mistakes. It's our time to take the advice of our elders when they said, 'Don't grow up too fast, you have your whole life ahead of you…'.
IF I WERE YOUNG AGAIN…
Picasso was a wise man in saying, 'Don't waste your youth growing up'. When we're young, all we long for is to grow up. All that free time: no one to answer to, independence, partying and staying up past 11 pm. But it was only once we gained our independence along with the bills and responsibilities that we realised that true freedom was being a child. Being able to laugh uncontrollably without a care in the world.
Kids today have different problems and deal with it differently. But having a drink never solved past problems and it won't solve current issues. We have this great opportunity to show the youth how fortunate we are, even when times are tough. This isn't only a chance for you to show that it is 'cool' to be young but also a chance for you to be young yourself and enjoy it with someone who needs you. Every day people around our country are fighting battles and kids should be the last ones to have to experience pain and sadness. Help the youth of our country find better ways of dealing with hardships and most importantly to enjoy the freedom of youth responsibly.
HELP THE YOUTH ACT THEIR AGE
SAB believes everyone can be part of the change. The 18+ Be the Mentor initiative is about starting a movement which calls on everyone over the age of 18 in South Africa to take that first step and become a mentor – 'Be Part of the Change'. South Africans can be part of the campaign and make a difference to someone else's life by pledging to be a mentor at http://www.bethementor.sab.co.za/pledge