...how lucky you really are?
I do. Quite often.
I read a lot of "womens" magazines and more often than not, the stories that are featured either have me in fits of giggles or streams of tears.
On a daily basis, I complain about this or that.. how much money I don't have, the fact that there might not be anything worth eating in the fridge, the fact that I'm bored and have nowhere to go. They're not huge complaints, in fact they're stupid - and that's the whole point. Sometimes I have to stop and think about all those people in the world who would give their right arm to be me. The people who would give anything to eat the stale bread in my cupboard, the almost out of date yogurts in my fridge that I won't eat. There are people in places like Ethiopia who have nothing and would be able to live on just £50 for something like 2 years or more. It would feed and clothe those people for that length of time and make their lives 100% better, yet, I worry when I "only" have £50 left in my bank two days before payday. There are also people who are unable to go out. Unable to walk, talk, do anything for themselves. Yet, again, I sit and complain about not having anything to do and nowhere to go, when in fact, I can do whatever I want, whenever I want (within reason of course)
Reading these magazines, I have recently come across some of the most heartwrenching and sickening stories. I sometimes tell myself that I should stop buying these magazines because they just make me depressed but they give such an insight into other people's lives and make me realise how precious my own life is and the lives of those around me.
Other news stories recently have also made me realise how lucky I am and how I should be living my life to the full and making the most of it. Here are a few:
The Tsunami Disaster:
I don't need to tell anyone what this is about. We all know what happened. It's one of the worst natural disasters ever and so many hundreds of thousands of people died, so many families have been destroyed/completely wiped out. So many parents lost their children and so many children have been left orphaned. We as a nation and as a united front worldwide, have helped make such a difference by raising millions and millions of pounds/dollars <insert currency here> for aid in the affected areas, but the fact is, no amount of money will ever bring back those who lost their lives. Yes, it will help rebuild the lives for those who survived but for some of those people, they will be wishing they hadn't survived. With their families gone, I'd imagine they feel they have nothing left to live for. I know I would.
BBC employee who for the past few years has suffered with a brain tumour. He managed to see the birth of his second child, a son, before he passed away a few weeks ago. He documented his life with this terrible tumour in an online diary which I always found hard to read for personal reasons but was also always an inspiring read. I hope that Ivans family and especially his young children will be proud of how brave he was throughout his illness.
Lucica Bunghez - The woman who survived an 11 stone tumour:
Lucica Bunghez is an amazing woman. She was diagnosed with NF1 - Neurofibromatosis, an absolutely horrible disease for some carriers. This lady developed a tiny tumour on her back but the rate at which it started to grow was unbelievable. Within months, it had ballooned and within 6 years, it was 11 stone (154lb) in weight.
She had to undergo a 12 hour operation to save her life as the tumour was literally sucking the life out of her body as it took every single nutrient that went in. A team of 15 surgeons finally travelled to her in Romania and operated and miraculously saved her life. I don't think if it was me that I'd have made it to 6 years with that growing on me. She was and is a very brave woman.
I was going to post more on here but I don't think I will. It's just little things like this and other things I have read recently that really make me feel lucky. I might not have had the best of luck myself but I should be grateful for the life I do have, compared to some of the others I have spoken about.