Everyone has so much on their plate these days, young people arguably more than ever before. Whatever situation you’re in, financially, emotionally or physically, it’s important to be aware of how you fit into the bigger picture and to be empathetic and understanding of how you can do your little bit to be a little bit better.
Sara Pascoe’s Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body words the idea of luck perfectly:
‘If you are reading this … it means you are one of the luckiest people in the world – I can presume that you live in the first world. You are educated to a high reading standard; you have leisure time and a little money and live under a government that allows you to think your own thoughts.’ You have electricity and access to the internet and technology. You are healthy enough, physically and mentally, to be broadening your mind.
I know it can be difficult to think like this, especially when you’re drowning in debt and deadlines, powered on minimal sleep and feeling like you’re lacking vital brain-cells, but perspective is everything in understanding other people and helping them.
Here are some ways you can use your luck, within your capabilities, to help make the world around you a better place for everyone. Remember, it’s important to look after yourself and make sure you have enough to give – physically and emotionally – first.
By Rahel Girma