I saw this piece on a social media site and thought it was simply to good not to share, with those that read my blog, kind of does make you stop and think for a moment about what is important! I do not know who the author is so cannot credit them.
Can you imagine being born in 1900, when you’re just 14 years old World War One begins, then ends when you’re 18 years old, sadly twenty two million people are dead.
Soon after the war has ended a global pandemic starts called “Spanish Flu” which sadly kills fifty million people, luckily you walk out alive and free, You’re now 20 years old.
At 29 years old, you’re going through a global economic crisis, that started with the devastating collapse of the New York Stock Exchange causing mass inflation, unemployment and hunger, but you come through this.
At 33 years old the Nazi Party come to power.
You’re now 39 years old, and World War Two starts, it ends as you reach 45 years of age, during that time over Six million Jewish people have died during the Holocaust (Shoah).
There will be over Sixty million deaths in total, you come through unscathed but broken.
When you reach 52 years old the Korean War begins, up to Four million are sadly killed, you remain safe.
When you reach 64 years old, the Vietnam War starts then ends when you’re at the grand age of 75 years old, you are one of the lucky ones that came through the war or wasn’t their unlike the Four million that lost their lives.
A baby born in 1985 thinks his/her grandparents have no idea how difficult life really is, even though they survived all the above and more.
A baby boy/girl in 1995 and today reaches 26 years old, thinks its the end of the world, when his package to Amazon arrives in more than three days, or doesn’t get more than fifteen “likes” for his photo posted on Facebook or Instagram.
In 2020/21 many of us live in comfort, we have access to various sources of home entertainment, and more often than not have more than we actually need.
But still people complain about everything?
However ypu have Electricity, Gas running hot and cold fresh water, phones, food and a roof over your heads, money in a bank or in a purse/wallet.
The greatest thing we are being asked today is to stay home with our loved ones, put our feet up and enjoy time with our families, some people are being given money to stay home, yet we cannot do this and have to break the rules at every turn, when we do venture out which incidentally is suppose to be minimal all we are asked, is to sanitise our hands, wear a mask and keep our distance, yet we cannot even get that right!
None of these luxuries existed before our current predicament.
But humanity has survived far more tragic circumstances yet never lost the joy of life and strived to support each other throughout, where have we gone so wrong?
Maybe its time to be less Selfish, Stop Complaining, actually spare a thought for the person next to you, and show some humility.
Stay safe Paul 05.02.2021