Reading that Haiti was spared from Irma brings my soul so much comfort, I can’t even begin to tell you. It’s the sort of bittersweet comfort that can only come from the knowing what all those who were not so lucky are now facing. After going to Haiti and seeing first hand the lasting devastation to small countries/islands without the means, or the support to rebuild is heart breaking. And now that I know that I fear for the futures of some of the other islands that were hit.
My prayers are with the people of Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, St Kitts, Nevis, St Martin, St Barts, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Cuba, and next on her list…Florida.
Take that list in.
In the history of storms has there ever been so many islands, so many people at risk??? I almost stopped typing them because I was like; “well everybody already knows this, and it’s just a lot…” then I thought “No. I need to write them all because it’s insane.” I mean I can’t even imagine the fear that all the people in her path are feeling. I know a tiny bit because I have a friend who lives in Fort Lauderdale, and she’s not doing so hot at the moment. I’m praying for their safety, but I’m not going to lie…it’s not looking good, and I’m not feeling overly confident. But I will continue to pray. Not only for the people affected by Harvey and Irma, but also the unbelievable earthquake that hit Mexico.
Honestly. What the hell is going on out there my friends?
Climate change is one thing. But if I didn’t know any better I would say whoever “built” all this; and put us on this planet, is right pissed at the moment. Like the sort of anger that I’ve only felt a few times in my years of parenting. The fury when your kid does something so awful that you wonder if you’ll ever get over it sort of anger.
It’s just freaky to me. I don’t get it.
What I also don’t get are people who are posting on their social media like all this loss of life and utter devastation to such a large part of the planet isn’t actually happening. Like at all. I mean, I get it, we all deal with the overwhelming shit that seems to be coming at us on a regular basis in our own way. Everybody handles stress how they know is the best way for them to deal with it. But maybe, just maybe a teeny tiny bit of “Hey I’m thinking about you…” instead of my outfit of the day, or my dog post would go a long way during these times of tragedy. Post the beautiful outfit FOR SURE, but maybe also post just one thing that lets other people know that you’re aware that there is all this madness happening all around you. Come out of “brand building” or “going for maximum likes” with that bikini post sort of thing for a quick hot minute. Nobody needs to stay there, because that is depressing, but balance, and a little bit of empathy goes a long, long way during times like this. Just my two cents, not that anybody even asked for it. But I offer it up regardless.