Name: Erik Phiri
Social Media Handle/Username: ברכה
Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: I’ll try and be short and Concise.
Hi Im Erik, a social , reserved , articulate free thinker. I hold friendship in high regard and I love anything ans everything that involves sports, art and fashion. Not forgetting cars.
What Inspires You Every day? : My inspiration to do better stems from the drive to make my mother proud, she’s the only person eho continues to selflessly give back and sacrifices for me and I wanna give her the world. My other source is to achieve all my goals I set out for myself in life and that inspires me every single day.
What is some words of wisdom you live by?: ‘Live life, and love ” , in as much as we live is this really complex world with tons of intricacies, the simplest thing to ever do is live a life full of love
“Fear none, respect few” , I live by this principle solely based on the fact that as your own man. What makes you the man you are is what you stand for.
“By all means , do right “. We are believerd in something and the common good is for the benefit of all. This wisdom helps me live better because when we do right by others and ourselves , it’ll always be paid back tenfold , as the scriptures tell us.
What is your ultimate goal in life? : My ultimate goal in life is to not only achieve my academic goals entirely, but also to ensure that my family and loved ones all succeed in all areas of their lives
Another goal of mine is beat the expectations and lifelong markers I set for myself .
How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : This pandemic has been a learning curve, its not been the easiest at all, infact it has been the hardest, financially , emotionally and spiritually .
Coming from a country like Zambia , its not quite easily trying to branch out and stand as an individual when all odds are stacked against you.
What is a message you would like to give others? : Appreciate the little you have, self contentment is a virtue one should nurture, you’re not required to settle for less or become comfortable at the stage you’re at in life. But things will always work out in the end.
For all the dreamers like me out there , shoot for the stars, and if you so ever fall short, which I hope you don’t , you’ll land on the moon, the view is marvelous up there too, once you’re done resting keep shooting for the stars, you got this !
What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: Uhm, wow I’m trying hard not to over share , lol . I’ve grown up not having it all, or “living my best life” , which is normal because not all stories are fairytales. But one thing I’ve come to appreciate is the value of family, nobody in this world will love you unconditionally than your own flesh & blood , cherish that wholy, that’s what has really kept me going.
And for friendships, not all of them last a lifetime, but the ones that choose to show you love , appreciate them and accept them for who they really are, I should know that because I have only 4 people I can call friends.