It’s about family first for Laea
Life is not always what you dream it will be.
Sometimes you have to expect the unexpected.
Laea Esera, 21, from the village of Samalaeulu in Savai’i made this comment during an interview with the Village Voice yesterday.
Mr. Esera works at a concrete plant in Nu’u Fou where the Village Voice team met him while he was on lunch break yesterday.
He said he never dreamt of working at a concrete factory.
“I grew up dreaming of being a rugby player after seeing Savai’i boys making Samoa’s national teams,” he said.
“Things did not go as planned when I did not complete my high school because my parents couldn’t afford the school fees, so my dream of playing rugby and getting selected in our school team did not pull through.
“And that is why I am not playing rugby anymore because I am focusing on making money to provide for my family in Savai’i.”
Mr. Esera also said despite where he was right now; he was still excited because he was able to support his parents.
“My family doesn’t have that much and we survive by selling our crops and vegetables in Savai’i.
“I have eight siblings and I work together with one of my older brothers in the same concrete factory.
“I know where I am now was not part of the plan, but I guess I am excited because I’m doing something good for my family and that is my purpose.”
Mr. Esera easily adapted to his situation because his parents were hardworking people as well.
“When I stopped going to school, I didn’t blame my parents because I understand the hard work they do.
“So to have a job now and supporting them with money from my work feels so good because this was my plan b, to get a job as soon as possible.”
Mr. Esera added he didn’t see his parents often and this was something that bothered him.
“I really want to go back to see them but then I am busy with work, and I really don’t want to miss work because this is where my money comes from.
“The only thing I am doing now is sending home my $180 weekly pay to support them in any way.”
Mr. Esera said life will not always turn out the way we want it to.
“Life will not turn out the way we want but no matter where it takes you, always be grateful and appreciative.”