Beware! Your Friends Could Be Parasites Busy Sucking Your Blood


Having grown through a rural upbringing, I began herding cattle at the tender age of five. It was a very delicate assignment then, but life had it that way for me.

Tapiwa Zuze

One of the things that made me shiver a lot was seeing ticks strapped on the cattle’s delicate skin, busy sucking blood out of the poor animals. Given the scarcity of financial resources to treat the animals, we would mostly resort to plugging out the ticks using our fingers. And as it comes out, it will be dripping with fresh blood that it would have sucked out of the cattle. The saddest part was that the cattle themselves never seemed to bother much! They appeared comfortable with those ticks! Only when it was plugged out, and there seems to be some pain, then the cattle would now appear to respond to the pain. This was so bad.

The same applies to the friendships that people seem to be having in life. In principle, good friends are meant to improve one’s life and thinking capabilities. But bad friends can make one’s life so miserable and pathetic!

Create productive personal relationships. Multi-billionaire Bill Gates talks a lot about his fellow friend and multi-billionaire Warren Buffett. Both have been friends for decades now and Bill Gates credits a lot of his successes to his friendship with Warren Buffett.

Research has shown that you are the average of five people you spend most of your time with. If you surround yourself with friends who talk a lot about properties, education and businesses, you will become like them. If you surround yourself with colleagues who venerate gays and lesbians, chicks, dudes, hard drugs and clubbing, you will also become just like them.

Your circle of friends should motivate and uplift you, and changing your mindset for the better. Quoting the late American rap star, Nipsey Hassle, “If you look at the people in your circle and don’t get inspired, then you don’t have a circle. You have a cage”.

Tapiwa Zuze

Check yourself again. You could be surrounded by parasites who are busy sucking blood out of your life in that cage!

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