Wednesday, 16 January 2013

it's all in the perspective

I'm finally nearly at the end of my horrific fortnight of mocks - only one more to go! They've not been too bad, and luckily I have managed to stay completely calm about them, which is much more than I could say for myself this time last year. We had a cover RE lesson today and started watching Hotel Rwanda, we only managed to watch the first hour and although I thought it was incredibly well done, I honestly don't know if I could continue watching it. I'm torn between half of me, which tells me that it is so important that I learn about things like this that have happened, if only to show some respect to the poor people who were affected by it and also to get some perspective on what life can be like and learn to appreciate what I have. However, the other half of me wants me to completely shy away from finishing this film, because it is truly heartbreaking to watch.

It made me think about how ignorant we can be as humans. We can turn our back on things, because it's easier not to know. I used to not watch the news because stories would make me cry, stupid as it sounds. But I'm growing to realise that in life people go through horrible things, in ways that I can't even begin to comprehend. And the least I can do, as just me, is listen to their stories and be a better person because of them and what they suffered through. The least these people deserve are people to hear their stories and gain some respect.

Having said that, I'm not one to believe that you should forget your own problems or start comparing them with someone else's. I love this quote from a book I read about a year ago - "I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won't tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn't change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn't really change the fact that you have what you have." The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I think that it's essential to remember that sometimes, otherwise you just feel guilty for feeling bad about what you're going through, when really it is a big deal and you do have what you have.

I hope I will watch the rest of that film. I'd better go and get some maths revision done, only two more days to go till mock fortnight is over, I simply cannot wait.

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