Someone once said that “the graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled”.
That’s the belief that drives Pesa Elia, from the village of Solosolo, to work hard while he still can.
He loves being very busy because it allows him to do his best throughout the day and not waste an ounce of strength his youth provides him.
“When there’s a lot to do around the house then I am happy,” Pesa told the Village Voice.
“It’s always a good thing to keep busy and while I have the strength of youth in my body, I want to work hard and do what I can.
“My message for the youth around Samoa is to use your strength well and help out where you can. Also, hold the name of your village up by walking with respect for others.”
He admits that life has been very busy lately. Spotted walking along the road, Pesa says that he’s just trying to get some of his daily chores out of the way.
“Life is pretty busy,” he said.
“Right now I am just trying to get some chores out of the way before I go about with the rest of my day. For us youth, life is just chores and helping out around the house.
“But it’s good for us because work around the house builds character.”
Asked if there are any problems in life, Pesa says that life in the village is great and there aren’t any issues at all.
“In all honesty, I don’t see any issues with life so far,” he said.
“Everything is just great here in the village. Every day is the same for most people out here; we just work hard within our individual families, we go about our business and live a nice simple life.
“Not much goes on out here, to some people it’s boring but it’s the simple things in life that matters most.”
And one of his family’s secrets to keeping order around the house is a system that allocates everyone with different tasks.
“My family members are split up into different tasks,” Pesa said.
“We have many people who are currently employed and those who are not go out and tend to the family plantation; if everyone does their job then everything will end up fine.
“My duty is to help out around the house. I prepare the meals, I clean around the family land and I do what I can as a member of the family.”