[All The Small Things – Blink 182]
Day 25 — The person you know that is going through the worst of times
I don’t know anyone now, personally, who is going through the worst of times. I knew someone around a year ago who was, and it was a really, really tough time for her. And you know what? I am so glad I don’t have to write about her today because in one year she’s turned her life around (with help from others but with, I know, a shitload of self strength).
That is not to say that there aren’t people out there suffering. I mean I can bring up the obvious “starving kids in Africa”, like that time I was told this story about how a volunteer went to one of those really remote villages, the generic ones you see on World Vision, except he said something that really shook me; it was hot, so he obviously brought along his iced water with him, and when he showed the children there, they couldn’t understand why the liquid was so cold. They have never experienced chilled water. The fact that the idea of cold water doesn’t exist to them really made me think about how we don’t even think about the small things. Like cold water, or a shirt without holes, or that if we cut ourselves accidentally we don’t have to worry about dying.
But that’s not the point. I’m not providing any of my own views about what can be done to save those children. I mean, it’s all nice and well to say “we need to give them money to build and feed…” but unless we actually give them the money and actually help them build it, it won’t happen, not really. And how many people can really be bothered doing these directly?