Growing up on a little island, Jamaica, I have definitely had some tough times. What’s funny is, now I look back and laugh. Although I understand the classification of “tough times” and many would consider my childhood “tough” or filled with “hardships“, I consider my childhood the best phase of my life. I am grateful for all the hardship with which my family and I were faced. Those hardships are what groomed me and allowed me to be as grateful and conservative as I am at this age.
My favorite memory from my childhood is when my brother, cousin and I would have to go through a process to get warm water to shower with. We would walk to the water tank (no pipeline that enabled direct water flow), “catch” water from the tank and transfer it to a bucket, sit the bucket out in the sun (so the heat can warm the water) and leave it for hours. That one bucket of water would be used for both showering and rinsing one person.
This process is definitely no longer existent or, at least, not as common as before!
To those who can relate and is no longer experiencing such hardship
Be grateful to have overcome it all!
To those who can relate and is still experiencing such hardship
Don’t be afraid to reach out for help, utilize the resources you have and don’t sit and wait for a change, go out and make that change (if you’re able to)
To those who can’t relate
You’re very fortunate and have always been. Be grateful and appreciative. Don’t take your fortune for granted!