Today, my heart is heavy. On Tuesday, August 4th, there was a massive explosion in Beirut, London that killed at least 137 people and injured around 5,000 people. Although the cause is unknown, it is still heartbreaking to know that innocent lives were taken. Most of those people thought it was going to be a normal day, then life just hit. This moment has shown me that life can be taken when you least expect it. It is time for us to live our lives to the fullest. We shouldn’t worry about what others are doing but instead worry about what we have going on for ourselves.
Instead of complaining, we need to change our perspective. We can sit around being sad and stressed because its COVID, school is online, our parents don’t buy us what we want, etc. Or, we can be grateful that we are still alive, we aren’t sick, lying in a hospital bed, we are still able to learn and get an education, we have everything we need including food, shoes, clothes, a roof, etc. Our lives could be so much worse than we know. We could be homeless, strung out on drugs, starving, and much more. Instead, we are sitting home in our beds watching TV, on our phones, and eating not having to stress or worry about anything.
I want to challenge everyone today. Whenever you find yourself complaining or getting upset, sit back, take a moment, and think about how much worse your situation could be. Then, try to change the way you see it and become more positive. Be an encouragement to someone else this month and let them know that no matter what they are going through, they should be thankful because it could be worse and no matter what, they will make it out in the end.