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Topic: YOUTH (04/04/19)
- TITLE: The Poster
By Lusungu Muyangana
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I have never listened to the whole of that album save for one song “Cry out to Jesus.” However, Third Day was one of my favourite bands in my youth and still is. I guess I keep the poster because I fear letting go completely of things that I held dear. It is the only one that I still keep. It reminds me of the many other posters my bedroom walls were plastered with. Posters of Out of Eden, DC Talk, Commissioned, East to West, M.I.C, Newsboys, Rachael Lampa, Jaci Velasquez, Staccie Orrico and others. A time when the audio cassette player had to be taken quietly before my brothers could get hold of it. A time when I bought VHS tapes for the sole purpose of recording Real videos from TBN. A time when I would phone home to give instructions to my young sister not to miss recording a gospel music video since I would be delayed at work. A time when my brothers and I would wake up at 3AM just to watch the Dove Awards live as well as record it.
Sometimes it is hard to imagine that I did all those things. I frequently struggle with the idea that I do not understand what was meant by enjoying oneself during the time of one’s youth. This is probably because I spent most of my time working. The other reason being I was a home body and believed that those that really enjoyed their lives went out often.
I was given the poster as a result of frequently asking the sales lady in the Church bookshop for a poster to buy. At the time I was far away from home in university. The poster which was then decorating the front of the bookshop counter ended up going back with me to the campus residence when no other poster could be found for sale. Whilst the poster was in my room it attracted the attention of the other ladies on my floor due to the good looks of the Third Day band but it reminded me of home. I would play the CCFM radio and stop studying just to sing along whenever “Cry out to Jesus” played or get up to dance to the sound of “Testify” by Avalon.
Today when I see young people in throngs leaving an event or hanging around in the streets, I tend to think that they have more opportunities for leisure. However, I also imagine that they get into trouble more easily and readily. I still struggle with the idea that going out often defines enjoyment. I question if I kept myself closed up or if I missed it. If I was given a choice to go back I don’t think that I would change anything.
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