It’s days like this that slap me across the face and make me realise how lucky I am to be alive, to have a loving family, a roof over my head, food on the table every day and the incredible opportunity to travel the world a few times a year.
It’s times like this that we have to be grateful for what we have, no matter how bad your day at work or school was, no matter how ugly the weather is outside, no matter how much your laptop has driven you crazy this morning. If you are reading this, you should take a moment to be thankful for still walking this earth and for all you have. It may not sound kind or empathetic, but always remember that your day could have been worse, that unfortunately there’s other people that have it much worse than you.
This world isn’t looking pretty lately. The news are talking about hostages, killings, kidnappings, rapes, bombings, war…injustice! It’s saddening, frustrating and hurtful, and it can be quite overwhelming. Yet there’s some of us who are too self-involved to feel a bit of empathy for the unlucky ones.
If only we could take a moment of our time to show that we care with even a simple gesture, this world would probably be less scary. And I’m not talking about the automatic “I send my prayers/thoughts to the people of…”. I’m talking gestures, actions, such as donating your old/unused belongings, giving a hand by volunteering or even spreading awareness of a genuine association or NGO you know is doing their best to help out.
Thousands of people die each and every day of hunger, lack of access to drinking water, HIV/AIDS, yet nobody seems to give it enough attention as they give it to the small-scale unfortunate events that happen closer to their homes. It’s normal – you can relate. But let’s just not forget there’s other people that are suffering in way we can’t imagine and deserve our love and attention as well.
We are all humans, we are all the same. Let’s be good to one another.