( Member of team: Team Barkie )
(40 KM Utrecht)
Having worked with refugees before, I know the challenges these people go through but during a pandemic it was, and still is, impossible for many people to help; going through a lot of challenges myself, I was looking for a new way to give back that would fit me at this time in life. I was looking for something that would challenge me. I wanted to do something far outside my comfort zone to seek change.
Change requires that we break through the limitations that we put on ourselves. And that doesn’t mean training for a 40 km walk through the night, it means showing up for the training, the steps, each day and keep showing up. Five minutes of practice is more than nothing at all. It really is about a sustained practice of letting go of who we believe we ought to be and tapping into ourselves as we are now.
And if I was going to do something big, I wanted it to be for a good cause.
So, when I came across this email from Amnesty, one of my favourite organisations, I thought; this is it. This is exactly what I was looking for.
I sent out a big group text to all of the people of whom I thought could be interested in joining me.
Ultimately, four people were available on the dates, and willing to do this and I the team was formed.
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This cause resonates with me so much because I have worked with refugees and it truly broke my heart to hear and see what these people go through on a daily basis. Most of these people are simply used as pawns and are victims of wars in their home country waged by conservatives and political powers blinded by wealth and supremacy. To see other people suffer so much, while all they want to do is live peacefully, is incredibly cruel.
I cannot help but feeling privileged. I live in a safe country, with a roof over my head and hot food on my plate every day. Simply turning a blind eye to what I see, it makes me feel ashamed, it makes me feel guilty because the world can be incredibly unfair and there is not much we can do about it. However, there are some things we can do.
And if there is anything you could do, even with the least possible effort, why not do it for another?
Warsan Shire wrote:
“You have to understand, nobody puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”
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