In the morning, I wake up to a roof over my head and food on my table. My parents alive and healthy, my siblings as well.
In the morning, I go to school. A school with good teachers and facilities. I challenge myself because I am in an environment that allows for that. I become a smarter and ultimately better version of myself.
In the morning, I talk to my friends. Happily and healthily, without a care in the world.
In the morning, I am blessed. That’s the truth. I know many of you share my truth.
In the afternoon, I attend some more classes. I go home in a car, fully air-conditioned. I am at home with a roof over my head and food on my table. I do my work on a good table and write with good pens and paper.
In the afternoon, I am blessed. That’s the truth. I know many of you share my truth.
In the evening, I lie down in a bed that does not creek. Pillows beneath my head that not feel like wood. A roof over my head.
In the evening I shut my eyes and finally will myself to imagine a world without my blessings.
I imagine a world where there is no roof over my head, no food on my table and no school to attend.
I imagine a world of hardship, terror, displacement and poverty.
A world that many many people live, even as I dream.
The difference between me and them is that when I wake up, that dream vanishes and is replaced with my reality. When they wake up, however that is their reality.
What great deed have I done to deserve what I have?
Am I better than they are? No. Am I kinder? No. Am I somehow more special? No.
Who am I to pretend not to see their needs?
How can we all sleep peacefully knowing that things aren’t right? We see the little kids and their mothers on the street and what do we do? Nothing.
How do we not loose our appetite knowing that there are kids who are starving?
Tell me, don’t you think that it’s time to do something about it?
Are you just going to sit down and do nothing?
The Doctors Health Initiative (DHI) is one of many voluntary organizations that provides a platform for you and I to do something about it. To reach out! DHI cares!
Maybe the director of this organization can’t change the world. Maybe I can’t change the world. However, I know that we can at least try.
In the words of John F. Kennedy, “One person can change the world. And everyone should try.”
Don’t just sit and home and turn a blind eye. Be a part of something bigger. Make a change. Leave a positive mark on the world.
“Earth has enough for everyone’s need but not enough for everyone’s greed.” -Anne Frank
Most importantly, inspire others to do the same.
Let humanity be our race. Let love be our religion.
Written by Tolulope Olasewere