Today I want to talk about something that made a huge impact on my heart not too long ago. An experience that made me realize how ignorant and selfish we can sometimes be.
The title of this post does not insinuate that I think you are an asshole. It's just some comedic relief on a topic that I've become very passionate about.
I was house sitting for a week at my grandma's house last week. She forewarned me that she has seen an increase in rat activity (rat-ivity) due to construction nearby, so she was having to set some traps around the backyard.
Side note: Rat traps freak me the hell out. This animal lover feels so sad for the little furry friends.
Well one morning I wake up and (like an idiot) check the trap expecting to see a dead furry friend. To my surprise, a friend was staring back at me. There was indeed a rat in the trap, but he was far from dead. His little eyes stared straight into my soul and I swear he whispered "Help me, jerk!" Maybe I just imagined that part...Anyway, my first instinct was to walk away. Act like I didn't see the rat or treat it as if it was already dead. Ignore the friend that just begged for my help just with one glance.
Couldn't do it. My conscious kicked me right in the gut and I burst into tears on my way to work. I felt so guilty that I saw this rat in despair and just walked away. I know some of you may be thinking that this is ridiculous that I was crying over a rat. Well, as I've mentioned in previous posts - I am a crybaby - a highly emotional being. This rat looked me in the eyes guys - we made eye contact!
Fast forward a few tear-filled hours later...I had to go back for the damn rat. I had to save it and set it free from it's misery. Luckily, the little friend was only caught by his tail so when the trap opened he took off. I almost let a rat die because I was preferring to try to ignore the situation entirely. I was full of relief once I saw the little rat run full speed towards some bushes. I saved a life! (With some help.)
Get to the point -
The rat isn't the point of the story. The point is we are ignorant. Not all, but a lot of us think that if we can't hear or see a situation then it must not exist or affect us. If we turn our heads and go on with our lives, then the problem at hand will simply go away.
It's time that we open our eyes and create change in this world. We need to start helping others - animals and people! Ignorance isn't always bliss. Especially when it comes to bigger issues than ourselves. Selflessness is an awesome feeling. It feels incredible to do good for others.
There's a time and place for ignorance - but this planet needs us. It needs us to be alert and helping in every situation that we can. We're all equal and all need a helping hand every now and then.
I'm just one person, what difference do I make?
You make a world of a difference! From saving a rat to donating to a massive natural disaster like the hurricanes that happened in Texas and Florida - you make a huge impact. You may think you're just one person, but that's where it starts.
I felt like I was on cloud 9 after I saved that rat. I changed his little life. He's just one little rat, but I'm sure he was pretty freakin' grateful!
Moral of the story, it's time for us to pay attention to real world issues. Ignorance isn't bliss. The universe needs us to open our eyes and get involved. Donate when you can, learn about environmental issues, do what you need to do to make a difference.
It starts with you.
One person, leads to two, then three. Next thing you know, we've got an army of people who are determined to turn this world into a better one.
It's time to stop letting ignorance get the best of us. Looking away isn't the best answer. It may be safe, but it's not best. We need to unite and stand up for what's right - protect each other and protect this planet.
One little rat taught me to open my eyes, stop turning the other way and face real world issues head on. Sometimes it just takes one little experience like mine to make a person realize how much they've been pretending that things are okay.
It's good to help others. It's good to be aware. And it's amazing to no longer turn the other way in fear or ignorance.
We can make a difference. We will make a difference.
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