This morning was another morning like any other morning. I woke up with the sound of one healthy happy little boy walking into our bedroom, followed by the second one shortly after.
As usual I was grumpy, because I was hot and kept being kicked in the back by these two little people trying to find themselves a place in our over crowded bed.
As usual I turned on the cartoons with the hope to quiet them a little and have a chance to slowly unfold my bruised body. I reached out for my phone in order to have my own entertainment. Like every morning Facebook is the first place I hang out, not that much has happened in my friends’ life since bedtime.
This morning I found new photos that Sian has added to her #ShareNiger album. There is something about knowing Sian and watching her report live from Niger, and it is that it becomes a reality you can almost touch. An unbearable reality.
Like a lot of us, I am not ignoring what is happening, I am simply running away from it. It hurts too much to watch the pain parents have to go through when their young child is dying of hunger.
It hurts to see people living in the most uncomfortable ways, having to struggle to even have water, let alone food. It hurts to face the fact that we are being spoilt in many ways and that our life is cluttered by things we don’t need but just want.
It hurts to feel that you are not being able to do anything about it.
And yet everyday we get on with our life. Our worries are mainly material, our health problem are taken care by some of the best healthcare system in the World.
Yet we complain. We complain that we won’t be able to water our garden and achieve lush green lawn because it didn’t rain enough. We complain because we are losing internet connection every now and then, when systems fail.
We complain because being a parent is tough and draining and exhausting. That sleepless nights are responsible for these bags that only miracle expensive cream will make vanish.
The truth is that we need to look outside of our own lives. People everywhere in the world are having it tougher one way or another.
The goal is not to dumb down anyone’s pain or reality. The aim is to make sure that no-one is left behind, that everyone is taken care of. That we all do something, something selfless, something full of positive intention and love.
This what right now the team of World Vision UK is doing.
We have a duty and it is to do anything possible to help no matter how big or small is our part, all of us together we can be so much stronger and send hunger, poverty and misery to F**CK OFF!
So come on, help exactly how you can, use your Social Media genius and your internet connection for something positive, talk about it, donate time and money, whatever is right, feels right for you!
Remember to be grateful every single day for what you are eating, drinking or spending (big or small). Remember to turn the tap off, to not over consume food, to avoid waste of any sort. Be an example for the next generation.
Photo Credit Sian To