This classic photograph shows a starving Sudanese child being stalked by a vulture. It won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. The South African photographer Kevin Carter killed himself two months after receiving the award leaving several notes about how:
“The pain of life overrides the joy to the point that joy does not exist.”
To read more about him you can go to this page.
I just wanted to point out that no matter how hard life gets, there is always someone who has it harder. I am not saying we should be comforted by other people’s sorrows or hardships. What I am trying to say is that we should be thankful for what we have instead of complaining about what we don’t or cannot have. The mere fact that we can eat a decent meal without having to struggle towards the feeding center while being stalked by a carnivorous animal is already an eye-opener.
When we feel helpless and lacking, think of this little girl. This picture is about 16 years old. What do you think happened to her? Did she survive? She did not choose to be born in this world to suffer such neglect and deficiency. We are blessed enough to be alive and to be given a choice to have an ambition; to utilize whatever resources available and work hard to reach that ambition; and to make something out of ourselves and be a part of a change for the better. The world does not mold our lives. If as time passes it sinks deeper and deeper to an abysmal future filled with immoralities, destruction, and violence; we do not have to succumb to it. We mold our own lives. Take control. Instead of dwelling on failures and disappointments in life; be thankful and hopeful. You can only do so much for all the children like this Sudanese girl. The best you can do is for yourself. Think about it.