Friday, 26 September 2014

It's not compulsory, it's voluntary ...

There are days where I sit and ponder, just about life. The thoughts of what we have been given, what we give and what we take for granted.

Just the other night, my skin was in pain from my scratching and it was sore. My mother in hopes for me to have a night’s rest was trying to calm the itch and pain with an ice pack and without a thought I stated, “Life is unfair.” But as soon as it slipped out, I wanted to take it back, and I tried to – only to be consoled by the ever so understanding mother that it is, and it is ok for me to claim it is.

But is it? I feel like I don’t have the right to. I know, it is bad, uncomfortable and bothersome. But there are others out there that are experiencing things far worse than me. Things that may not even offer them better days. At least I know, one day, I can probably feel better again.

I have also questioned, “What is the meaning of life? Why are we placed on Earth? How does one try to make a difference?” And my wise mother had answered me with, volunteer work.

Miss CC has known I have been looking for some volunteer work and was very excited to share the Ride to Conquer Cancer (RTCC) event that is happening on 10th-12th October 2014. So, without a second thought, the two of us found ourselves already signed up.

What is RTCC?

It’s an event where you ride 200km over the course of two days, helping via forms of fundraising. All that is raised goes to the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse helping them with research and facilities to help cure cancer.

If you want to take part in helping, and don’t want to ride, you can always sign up for volunteer work as a crewmember. And it’s not too late to do it now either! They are always in need for more help, and no one will ever say no to help, right?

We attended a talk a couple of weeks back, and I am super excited for the fun that is expected. I mean there will be some pretty emotional rides along the way, interacting with people that will have some very inspiring stories to share. But this is what makes me get brought back to reality that there is more to life than all those materialistic things we get shoved in our faces. Just the reality of being able to remind myself that it’s the little things that counts. The things that money cannot buy, are the things that I should hold most dear to me.

So, is life really unfair, or do we tell ourselves that so we have an excuse to feel sorry for ourselves?

Sure, you can feel sorry for yourself - I have been there and done that. But why be negative about it, it’s not going to change anything. What helps make the change is the attitude you take on. I'll leave you with a quote that I like to try and stand by.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” - Wayne Dyer


  1. Well said. We often slip into those moments where we feel a bit sorry for ourselves but it's realising that others have it much worse and doing something about it that is the best course.

    1. Unfortunately, it is human nature - though I do think it's ok, sometimes we should appreciate what we have already been given. But I guess we are all guilty of it :)

  2. Without the tough times one will never learn to appreciate the good. But to let it out every once in a while is good for one's'll feel better for it...keeping it bottled up will only lead to an unhealthy whinge away, your mum will always be there to listen then give you a kick on the backside and tell you to get over it already :)

    1. That is very true :)
      Yes, I can always count on mum to help pull me back into place, and I'm sure you would also help do those honours too right? :P

  3. Great words Miss JFW! I have to agree with the above comments too. It is from experiencing the down moments that help make you a better person and learn to appreciate the good times. Here is one I found - Everything in life is temporary. So if things are going good, enjoy it because it won't last forever. And if things are going bad, don't worry. It can't last forever either. Hope I haven't sent you that one yet and look forward to our RTCC weekend too! counting down now! x

    1. haha indeed it is, without the bad we won't know to appreciate the good :)
      I can't remember if you sent it to me or if i saw it lying around somewhere but I know what you're talking about. I know right, how fast has it come round!?