If people did not wonder, I would not know the things about the universe, about my own world, let alone my own city that I know now. Wondering, knowing, and doing things are all a part of education, learning new things, applying knowledge in different and new ways.
It is easy to have the blinders on and not realize the state that I am in. Meaning, do I have it good, easy, hard difficult. I may believe I have a challenging life depending on how hungry I am each day. Maybe I might know how challenging my life is by my surroundings. Nevertheless, maybe – if I grew up this way, I may just believe this is how life is.
However, I have a good idea of how my world compares to other worlds of other people. I do have an idea if my world, life is difficult compared to others. I believe I know what seems to be reasonable and is not.
I say all of this because in my world, the United States, I am amazed of how our world relates and compares to other nations. What about the people, how do they survive as compared to me?
I see the news, the advertisements about how people in other nations live, survive, die, their culture. But even closer than that, I am aware of how others, many others in my own city, nearby cities, state and country are surviving compared to others.
All of this to get to this point. It amazes me how lucky so many people are in the world to be able to even have the desire to accomplish “great things” in their lives. Meaning, they are able to pick something they are good at, other than just surviving and work on it until they are the best at it.
I have this vision of going to a place where having food and water for that day was an accomplishment and hand them a book of: Positive Thinking, How to Set Goals, Dress for Success, I don’t know, give them one of the thousands of “self-help” books published here in the United States each year. I just wonder if these books will help them.
I have to be amazed when I compare and contrast what we, in the United States, are able to choose to “survive”. The key words is choose. In many places, the word choose, I do not believe is even a part of their vocabulary. What if you went up to a young person in one of these places where finding food each day was not a guarantee, and told them that there are people in the United States who can earn their living by running from one spot to another as fast as they could. What if I told them they could earn their living by jumping over a bar as high as they could, could earn a living or driving a car really fast, or singing a song, or playing an instrument or just talking? These same people also earn so much money, they have multiple houses, cars, frigerators full of food, parties that cost more than they can dream of earning in their life.
I feel that we, especially in the United States, forget how lucky we are, that we can choose a way to survive. We don’t have to wake up each morning and wonder, will I even get a bite to eat today, will I get fresh water, when will I shower?
How lucky we are to just live where we do. The poorest in the United States makes them appear rich to the poorest in other nations. I have to admit, my life has not gone by the book I wrote some time ago; but I do not think there is a day that I EVER thought I would starve, not have shelter or even got to the point where my clothes and self-stunk like – well stunk. This is where we count our blessings instead of complaining on the ones we have not gotten. It’s hard for me to do, but when I stop and think about my life and the struggles so many others have, I get down on my knees and thank God, thank you God!!