Living in the 21st century can, at times, be a daunting challenge. One that many of us struggle to comprehed due to the pace of our frantic lives. It becomes too easy to be wrapped up in questions like: ‘What I should be doing?’ as opposed to: ‘What do I choose to do now?’ because of a genuine appreciation for the gift of volition.
But my tiny bubble of a universe envelopes me and I fail to actually enjoy and appreciate what is going on around me. Earlier today I felt a wave of depression because of something I’m going through in my personal life. I was frantically scouring the web to find some insecticide to eliminate the wasps flying around in my head. For a short while I was the only living being in the universe that was in such a predicament. Everything else disappeared and it was just me and my problem. It’s not the first time I’ve been in such a state but those fleeting moments of absolute arrogance can be soul destroying. Wallowing in ones self pity is the fastest way to loosing all self respect.
A while later I caught a glimpse of the news. The article was about Malawi and the AIDs epidemic. In this particular piece Ewan McGregor was in Malawi doing some fundraising for Unicef. It wasn’t that however that caught my attention, it was a woman going into a surgery for a blood test to see if she had AIDS. She found out there and then that she was HIV positive and suddenly a wave of emotion overcame me and I suddenly couldn’t hold back; the tears had to flow.
It was a wake up call. Not the wake up call I’d prefer. Guilt is never the best way to initiate action. Never-the-less it got me thinking and got me into a state of action. Without sounding too over zealous, there is so much work to be done in the world and I know I cannot save the whole world but there is no harm in thinking that I can in some way make a dent.
Positivity and hope are rare traits these days, especially among the younger generation! Although I do have a life to lead with responsibilites and commitments there is no excuse for turning a blind eye to the troubles our generation faces.