THE WAY I SEE IT #8 : By Darren Murphy

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ANYONE else agree with me that Hawick is a bit of graveyard for wasted talents? Hold on a minute, though, and before you fly of the handle for talking ill of our town – I’m a huge fan of Hawick and I think it’s a great place, but I honestly believe it is a bit flawed in terms of helping youngsters achieve their goals. Yes these are tough times for young folk, with youth unemployment hugely concerning and today’s youngsters often being described as “The lost generation.”

The thing is I believe there are young folk in Hawick who have the talent to really make something of their lives. Before I go on, I’m by no means belittling “normal” everyday jobs, hell I’ve done a normal job for the last ten years. It’s just that a lot of people have bigger dreams and aspirations.

Some of these youngsters may have a passion for acting or dancing, some are possibly talented football players. Some might even have a tremendous talent for painting or be blessed with a fantastic singing voice. Who knows, some might even consider themselves to be the next big selling author of fiction, like myself!

Anyway, I believe there are two big problems facing these people in particular:

1. I don’t think there is anywhere in Hawick, be it a group or organisation, that is equipped well enough with the knowhow and expertise to get any talented youngsters the recognition they deserve.

2. I also think Hawick is often overlooked by talent spotters, whether it is sporting talents or artistic talents.

We all have dreams and aspirations, and for many of us it’s these dreams that shape our lives as we try and make them reality. However, I think it’s a huge challenge for local youngsters to even try and chase these dreams.

It saddens me, because I honestly believe that Hawick has loads of brilliant individuals who will never realise their potential. How hard can it be to provide a platform where people can start to at least try and achieve those dreams?

Call me hypocritical if you want because I don’t have an immediate solution, but it’s simply an observation I’ve made on Hawick. Sure, we produce the odd rugby player and some Teries have gone on to achieve great things in life. But for a town of almost 15,000 residents don’t you think there are some talented people who simply need a little nudge in the right direction?

Let’s be realistic about things, I’m not saying every boy who kicks a football is the next Lionel Messi, nor is every youngster writing a story going to be the next Darren Murphy.(See what I did there?) What I feel is mighty important, though, is that youngsters with supreme talents should be given the guidance and essentially the chance to achieve their goals.

Unfortunately I don’t believe this happens in Hawick, it’s a crying shame but I think some people grow old and the dream grows old with them. It never leaves, it’s always there, even if it’s just a small memory stored in the depths of your mind. These people often wonder, what if? What if I had just had a little help where would I be now?

Once again that’s just the way I see it folks, maybe you agree or disagree, let me know your views.

Until next week, have a good weekend everyone!