Saturday, 4 April 2015

I am lucky because...

1. I live a fifteen minute walk from the sea where I can go for long, refreshing walks. 

2. I have the best support from my family, friends, uni tutor, and Dr. I know many people suffering from depression do not have such a great support system, this is actually why depression is on the rise, according to my Dr. The rise of social media has left us less close to others so most of us have weaker support from people around us.

3. I always have a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in. As well as food, water, and comfort. Please don't take these things for granted, ie next time there is a charity trying to get you to throw a bucket of water over your head remember these facts: 750 million people in the world (that's 1 in 9) don't have access to clean and safe water. More than 840,000 people die each year from water and sanitation related causes. Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at the rate equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every ten hours. Finally, women and children spend 140 million hours each day collecting water. (Facts taken from Water.org)

4. I live in a country where women are allowed to vote, and drive when there are still places in the world where women aren't even allowed to do these things we take for granted now.

5. I am alive.

Please take a few minutes to think of those who go without. It's too common for us to turn a blind eye and throw a bucket of clean, drinkable, safe water over ourselves and let it run into the ground wasted...just because we can. Despite suffering mental illnesses I know my life isn't bad, I am just unwell at the mo. What are you grateful for? :)

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