Amidst the terror and the ridiculous decision by a certain president to ignore climate change, while a considerably large iceberg is melting faster than you can say Donald Trump, it is important to keep on smiling. Either you see this as a metaphor, or take it quite literally (I’ll be doing both).
I decided to stop watching the news
Not so long ago, I was at a really bad place. Where I felt useless, while watching all those in power make decisions that I didn’t agree with, decisions that most likely affected people severely. I felt angry and decided to stop watching the news for nearly a year, not wanting to know what horrible things were going on around me. I realised, however, that this is not going to solve any of the problems either.
Slowly, but surely, I decided to dive into the too often saddening news stories once again. This time, trying not to feel anger at the world and humanity, but instead looking at the smaller things that I can do to make life just a little more pleasant. This could be really anything from smiling to strangers, helping those that you are able to help, just enjoying life more consciously and appreciating the things you are blessed with, caring a little more for the environment and donating whenever you can.
Give what you can when you can
As a student, it is very difficult to constantly donate to all the important causes. It’s been 1,5 years now that I have been donating monthly to Amnesty International, although it is not much money, it is sometimes more than I can afford to give. In these 1,5 years I had made some attempts to end my donation, but can somehow not bring myself to do it. I want to end my donations for various reasons, some more contradictory than others, but in the end it always comes down to my conscience. I cannot constantly complain about all that is wrong in this world, or all that is wrong with humanity and make no effort to change these things. I cannot keep on smiling while knowing that others have nothing to smile about.
To me donating this money, although more than I can afford, is worth the sacrifice. If it means that I helped someone out there, that I contributed to making this world a bit more humane in these cruel times, than I am willing to live without one or two luxuries.
Photography by @mobmalko
Next time the news upsets you in any way, try to keep smiling instead of getting angry or upset. Invest your time and effort into making even the tiniest of contributions to help solve these issues. At the end of the day, we are all in this together (High School Musical pun intended).
Do you have any causes/charities that you donate/contribute to?
Lots of Love,