We often think how our lives turn out to be nothing we had imagined them to be. We say how much we despise our jobs, our daily routines, our "struggles" to pay dues that we feel are robbing us in the first place. Not realizing that having food on the table, a warm bed, clean water, and a roof over our heads, is something we take for granted. But it's because we deserve this. We worked hard for it. We will go about our lives and repeat complaints of how life sucks and that we need something more, something better, as if it's just...something ordinary. Something we were just conditioned to think. When we pass a homeless person in the street, we tend to do one thing: ignore them. We get uncomfortable. Due to our helplessness or lack of caring, it's just easier. They have lost all hope so they don't have anything to worry about. Other than the essentials to survive, they are just there. Would you ever notice on your daily commute to work, that someone unfortunate than you, was suddenly gone? Some people are born privileged. Others have to work to get by. and some...are meant to just live. Not knowing if life gets better or easier. Going hungry for another day. Not expecting to live for the next birthday (if that even meant anything to them). Losing of all sense of what is to be human with compassion and dreams, because life itself was a constant battle.
This is what it may be like for a orphan, if not worse. Children losing their way to violence, abandonment, wars, disease... or just simply being unloved and thrown away in a world that didn't want them. Where they learn nothing but survival, because the slums they sleep in are their schools, and knowledge they acquire are what makes them live for another day. At least 153 million children may think so. I'd like to think that they are just lost and haven't found their way...but again, it's just easier to think that way. Maybe the next time you gripe about how life is lame and you deserve more, while listening to your ipods and sipping on your electrolyte water... a child out there doesn't even know what music is or even had clean water...ever.
"There's a whole world out there, outside of your mental globe. Infect it with your vibrance and spread the diseased color of life." You don't need that spare change. Give that to the charity coin box at check-out. Those canned items in your shelf sat there for a year. Someone who needs food will appreciate them more. Those ugly old blankets? They will keep someone warm on a cold winter night. Those designer clothes that are too tight? Let's face it, you'll never fit them again. They can at least make someone less fortunate, feel a little better to be wearing different clothes. If you are reading this, then you already have more than they ever will. While it's okay to be selfish, remember to take the time to be compassionate. It's already a cruel world and that's not the world I want to live in.
While this painting is for sale, I am considering making prints to sell, and 100% ALL OF THE PROCEEDS will go to charities that help with orphaned children worldwide. Message me for details.
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas.