Over the weekend, I was part of an annual outreach that was organized by students of a certain organization on campus. It was aimed at reaching out to the poor and the old in a number of villages and rural areas around our college. It was done with the little that we had raised just to show them that they are loved and cared for.
I also took part in the same project last year but it’s always a nice and enriching experience. We get to meet different people with different inspiring stories. We chat with them and also help them with medical care and some small package of groceries.
On these projects you get to meet people who are living in imaginably poor conditions with little or no food. People who have no way of accessing quality basic medical care. People who sleep on the cold floor with just a sheet or two to keep them warm through the coldest of nights. You get to meet people who are struggling just to get the simplest of basic needs that most of us in towns and cities take for granted.
Going on these outreach projects has a way of making one realize how privileged and lucky they are just for having the simplest of things e.g. shoes and food on their table. Seeing the conditions that some of these people live in makes me be grateful for the roof over my head, the hospital am able to access whenever am not feeling ok, the friends and the nice bed to lay my head on at night. It reminds me that even though I may seem to have endless things I should be complaining about there still is a lot of things in my life that I should be thankful for.
There will always be a lot of things in our lives to complain about but let’s not forget to take time and be appreciative and grateful for the little that we have (which we normally take for granted) because there are a lot of people out there who aren’t as privileged as we are.