Dasharath Naik – India
Don’t insist my love, to go alone or your fortified land and precious treasures may be explored and plundered forcibly by flesh mongers, who are hungrier than wolves and hyenas, waiting for their prey.
Don’t insist on playing your passion, have more patience, be sensible because feelings and emotions are not enough; let the bud first take its full form. Be careful when meeting friends outside home, because intentionally, your tender bosom may be snatched by vultures, leading to bleeding and trauma.
Remember dear, you are growing up. Stay away from cheats who are good at betraying innocence. Too much acquaintance may ruin you, let wisdom be your companion and be reminded that relationship is only a privilege. Wayward adolescents get spoiled and they lament when they realise the truth – I mean the big nothingness in what the youth call “GAME”.
Advice and warnings may seem rude and taste bitter to you because you crave the luxury of free movements at your sweet will and whim; it’s very obvious my dear, that this is infatuation. Don’t insist on flying by the suggestion of your hormones. Freedom without moral discipline is not always for one’s good. Do not misunderstand me; protector I am, your safety and dignity is my priority, nothing else.
Photographer: Victor Etekamba – Nigeria
Excerpt from #1 Youth Shades, September 2016