There's the world that is being portrayed by the media. Dangerous. Violent. Corrupt. Hopeless.
Then, there’s the real world which is generally safer, more peaceful, and still full of hope.
I’m really disheartened by what’s happening in our country today. Or at least, what’s being reported in the news and in social media. I really feel hopeless and powerless. As much as I want to solve the problems our country is facing, the reality is that it simply is not within my power to do so.
But whenever I go outside especially in the morning, feeling the cold breeze on my face, smelling the fragrance of grass on which the dew forms, hearing the sweet song of birds, I realize how peaceful the world still is. Or at least, in this part of the country. At least, in this part of the world.
I also see children going to school, believing that there’s a better future ahead of them. There are also adults going to work, also believing that there’s a better future ahead for their families especially if they work hard. Hope is not lost among them, much unlike what the news and social media often portray.
By being outside, I also realize that I am just one person out of many others. But being outside, I see the places, the faces, the lives in which I can make even a small impact. I’m no longer as helpless as the news make me feel. At least, in where I am, I know I can make even a small difference.
I know it is necessary to keep yourself informed as it is important to remain involved. I also understand that the media shows us other parts of our country, of the world, which we otherwise would not see or pay attention to. But sometimes, it is just more important to look at what’s presently, immediately around us. Because where we are is also, more often than not, where we can make the most impact.
In where we are, in the lives of the people around us, we are not as helpless. We are not as hopeless. We are not as powerless.
And outside the news and social media, away from our TV sets, computer screens, and mobile phones, we realize how silent the world really is. And the silence — it feels wonderful.
P.S. Yes, I really believe that the world is generally more peaceful than it really seems. But, not every one of us is fortunate enough to experience this peace. There are people in countries constantly ravaged by war and terrorism. There are also soldiers away from their families protecting this peace that we often take for granted. And there are people in countries stricken by extreme poverty and famine. Still, the places and the people who enjoy peace are far more numerous. And it’s up to them, to us, to make every single one enjoy this peace that we have. No one left behind?