Internet. Languages. Travel. TV. Bed. Drinkable water. Nutrition. Things we take for granted.
Years ago, one of my friends wrote a book about a former child soldier in Uganda who is now leading an organization, Friends of Orphans, dedicated to the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of former child soldiers.
Not long ago, another friend shared the story of Yash, an orphan in India who needs support for education.
Last week I saw people living in tiny sheds and caves on the hill in Granada, one of Spain’s most important cities.
Just today I read that 1 in 3 people are affected by malnutrition according to the World Food Programme.
And here we are, privileged to be able to come online, in relative safety, sharing our stories, talking about travel, love, pain, grief or happiness.
We live a life of privilege. We don’t go hungry, we sleep comfortably, we are blessed with opportunities.
We have choices. I believe that also gives us a responsibility not to waste them.
Gratitude is the power that turned around my attitude for life. I was lost and sad until I opened my eyes to all the things I do have, things I took for granted.
I know I’m lucky. I give thanks every day for being able to live this life of luxury. I was given opportunities that even my mother didn’t have. I cannot go wasting them, wasting all the moments that could be used for joy or kindness.
Never am I so aware of this than during travel. To have the opportunity to stand on the cliff by the ocean, feeling the salty wind on my face is not something I take for given. Seeing the mighty mountains, the magical waterfalls, the clear lakes is a gift that I don’t leave wasted.
Not any more.
These are the moments that keep me going, the moments I’m addicted to collect, the experience I wish you all to have.
I once read that the even if we live them separately, it increases the collective well-being of our planet. I love that thought. And beside living my life to the fullest, I’m thankful I can help others directly as well, donating time or money. I believe that even in a life of privilege, we have duties for each other.