Took an afternoon stroll around the fences of the power plant, for a brief moment I felt like I was a prisoner, living behind bars and was only allowed to have limited freedoms. But I was wrong when I looked outside the fence. There I saw and hear things that makes me sorrow, guilty and sorry for both myself and the people out there. First I felt sorry and guilty for myself, for being an asshole who doesn't appreciate things and be grateful with whatever that he already has, a person who easily forgets. Second I felt sorry for the people living on the other side of the fence, for having to live in such poor condition, nothing close to the meaning of comfort when comparing to my current situation.
I saw two men, squatting at the back of the kitchen, scrapping left over foods from the container, they hold the rice in their hands like precious gold, keeping the good ones for their family while they ate those that are dirty. My heart sank for a brief moment, and I started to have teary eyes as I walked further. I felt really mad about myself at that moment, for being weak and helpless on that situation. The weather was cold and all they were wearing was broken clothing with a dirty cloth wrapped around their head and neck to keep them warm.
As I walked further, a bunch of kids crowded in front of the fence, reaching their small hands through the fence, shouting 'Mister, have money?'I felt bad for them, but I didn't do anything..I just stood there till the commotion comes down, and those that realize they aren't getting anything left the scene while some left over standing asking question like where are you from? why are you here? I took out my camera and took a picture of them, hoping to keep as a remembrance and also as a reminder for myself of the people here.
We were all born in this world the same way, but not all of us are being treated the same way. The world might seems to be an unfair place, but when you see how this people actually live, your problems might not seem that big anymore. Always be grateful with what you have, there are always a person with a bigger house, a better pay, a better career etc, but also think there are more people having worst place to live, doesn't have a job and are living day by day.
A kind reminder for all of us this new year:
Be grateful with what you have and you will be happy.