The question regarding the future and what it may hold for you is possibly one of the most daunting inquiries that can be asked of someone. We fill ourselves with the illusion that the grass is always greener, the sun is a little brighter, or great riches or fame is right there around the corner. Maybe so, but how many of us on a daily basis actually stop and think of the present moment we are in and all of those around us, versus focusing so much on our single road ahead. As a generation that relies heavily on technology, electronics, and other gadgets to stay synced to the world on a regular basis, we often neglect some of the most appealing parts of our day to day lives. I enjoy the positive sides of modern technology very much, yet sometimes I yearn for all of us to be bold enough to set aside some quality time with other people or even a blissful moment to ourselves.
Although we chose a central area, the nearby streets were littered with locals selling anything they could to get by - this included a wide variety of fake shoes or other apparel, fruits or other foods, drugs, themselves, or they were instead flat out begging. We walked through an area near an overpass where dirty sheets were laid out with items that were literally taken from the trash throughout the city being sold for the equivalent of pennies. These included hundreds of different items such as old broken tools, broken electronics, worn and tattered clothing, dolls, used dental equipment, broken furniture, rocks, etc. the list goes on and on. They come and set up for first light, and pack up to go home at dusk, only to make a single dollar if they had a good day. This is their life. Day in and day out.
An average drink at Starbucks cost three to six dollars and our country is populated by a large percentage of individuals who make this a daily habit. I’m not saying we all should drop what we are doing and start making our way to impoverished countries to help their economy, but putting in the effort to take that extra few seconds and ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” would be huge. Being altruistic is a loaded task that no-one can take on by themselves because in essence, is there really such thing as a selfless good deed? However, whatever your reasoning may be for helping out, giving back, spending less to help more, etc. - it doesn’t matter because you are in fact helping out, giving back, or spending less to help more. After you read this, close your eyes, take a couple of deep breaths, and think briefly about this wide world we live in, and all the people that make it go around.
Consider the term sonder, coined by the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows:
“n. The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.”
Please, realize you are one person out of an ever-increasing vast population of people. If it’s hidden, then unlock that philanthropic side of yourself. If it’s there, keep striving to bring it out more in yourselves and those around you. Appreciate everything you have and never take anything or anyone for granted. It takes more than one person to change the world, and that is what we are striving for here at Be Robin Hood. We want to bring awareness, bring support, and above all bring change to the people and areas that need it the most. Remember, together as one, we can change the world, and we can Be Robin Hood.