I think we have all been in this situation before. A friend comes to you with a problem asking for help. You listen to their side of the story and hear all the nitty gritty details. You sit back, reflect on it with your own life experiences and then give them your advice. What you would do in that situation and what would most likely be the best course of action for them. You explain it soundly, logically and with plenty of evidence and self-experience to back it up. However, you see the words zoom right over your friend’s head. You sit back and watch them go do the exact opposite of what you had just suggested, reminding yourself again and again that they had come to YOU for advice. A little time passes and after the inevitable train wreck has occurred; said friend comes back crying and upset talking about their woes again. All you can do is sit there and say either out loud or to yourself (depending on the type of friend you are):
Awoken, to silence and darkness
The day I lost my Great-Grandma Ada is a day I have never quite recovered from. I awoke on March 5th, 2006 to news that would rock the world of any 10-year-old. My Grandma Sharon’s cell phone was going off and it woke me up first, I had fallen asleep with my grandma on her bed the night before watching TV and honestly, once I’m unconscious, it’s too much effort to try to get me up. I remember sitting up and nudging my grandma telling her the phone was going off. I handed her the cell phone and saw my uncle’s name as the contact. Her brother, my great uncle, was living with my grandma Ada helping to take care of her. She had just gotten out of a recent hospital stay and we had just been over there the day before. All of the family had actually. We had spent the day eating and going through old family photos with Grandma Ada at the helm sharing all of the memories she could give us about them. Grandma Sharon answered the phone and I could hear my uncle’s words on the other end. My Grandma Ada was on her way to the hospital, and it was bad.
You walk out onto your back porch
It is no secret that as of right now, the world is in bleak condition. We have a global pandemic going on. Wars are running rampant in several countries. Pollution is out of control causing several different health issues among the communities. The list goes on and on. One of the major bones I must pick with society at this moment is the almost entirely unnecessary dependency on grocery stores and fast food restaurants. There is a website I will link here (https://www.partnersforyourhealth.com/fast-food-statistics) that shows the health statistics when it comes to fast food eating and the economic standings of the fast food industries. The information is very interesting and surprising, and it also includes a guide for healthy eating on a busy schedule. It may put some things into perspective.