Malu Ualesi, from the village of Faleula, is grateful for the new year. It’s a chance to put the lessons from 2016 into practice.
Often at this time of year, everyone makes their resolutions but for the 27-year-old village youth, he just wants to learn from last year and then move on.
He believes that with this mentality, improving his personal life in inevitable.
“With this New Year, it’s good to reflect what went on in the past year,” he told the Village Voice.
“The problems, the struggles, the pain, the good and the bad; and as you reflect on it, you can better prepare for what’s to come in 2017.
“That’s how you improve on your personal life.”
Malu believes that while he still has the strength of a young man in his body, he will do his best to serve those who mean a lot to him.
“For me, the one thing I believe in is to make the most of my youthful strength while I still have it,” he said.
“I am still young so I can do all sorts of things to help out my family. That’s why you will always find me in the plantation working hard.
“Serving my family, village and church is what’s very important for me.”
He urges that the youth of Samoa will also do the same with their strength.
“My advice to those my age is to use your strength wisely and serve your family,” he said.
“Why cause trouble when you can help others. The youth have to understand the different values of things, the value of hard work, service and love for your family.
“On a daily basis, I do a lot of chores. I help out in the plantation, I prepare the food for my family, I take care of the land we live on. These are the chores of a Samoan youth and we need to go back this type of lifestyle.
“I also take care of my parents who live closer to the coastal area.”
On the other hand, asked about village life in general, Malu says that he prefers living in the rural village to the town areas.
“I love living out in this rural village,” he said.
“Out here, everything runs smoothly. It’s not like in the town areas where everything is moving fast and there are so many people around walking around.
“There are also many trouble makers in the town areas and out here, we have the village leaders to keep everything together.
“That’s why I prefer village life to town life.”