Young man puts parents first

By Ilia L Likou ,

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APPRECIATE YOUR PARENTS: Mati Meafou.

APPRECIATE YOUR PARENTS: Mati Meafou.

Don’t let anything keep you from showing how much you appreciate your family. 

So says Mati Meafou, 28-year-old from Lalau, Malie-uta.

Speaking to the Village Voice team yesterday, Mati believes a lot of people are not using their talents, strengths and time wisely.

 “We are all unique in our own way,” he says. “We all have different talents and callings from God but no matter what they are, they will never amount to anything if we don’t use them wisely.”

Mati believes the way to the top is through hard work and serving others.

 “I believe that the way to authority is through service, so I am serving and taking care of my families and hopefully when I have kids as well, they will look after me like this.

“For we all have different purposes in life but all we need to do is find out what our purposes are and work hard.”

Mati stays home to look after his parents.

“I’m the youngest of our parents’ six children.” 

Every day, he wakes up in the morning, prepares food for the family and works at their plantation.

“This is me everyday, I want to help my family in whatever way I can,” Mati said.

“We all know that no matter what happens in life or what struggles we’re going through, it’s imperative to never lose connection with our family especially our parents.

“That’s why we need to take care of them first for they are a gift that we’re given at birth, and nothing should ever come before the relationships that we have with our family. I mean, my parents are a blessing.”

Mati also knows that the road to success is not easy.

“But with hard work, drive and passion to serve your family and parents, we can make it.

“To be honest I don’t want to stay home and do nothing because I believe that it is vital for us to use our strengths and energy wisely.

“We all know that in Samoa, if you don’t have a job, your duty as a youth is to look after your family and work on the plantation. 

 “My parents are still alive and it is my responsibility to take care of them.”

Living in Samoa and having land is another blessing.

“We are lucky that we have land that we can work on to provide for our families,” he said. 

Lastly, Mati said he prefers to stay home to serve his parents.

“I know I will be blessed when my parents leave this earth,” he said.

 “Working on the plantation is hard; but nothing is easy in this life. I just know that is what I’m supposed to do now to contribute to my family.”

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