14 March, 2011

日本 · What happened in Japan

Just in case you're those one of those cavemen, here's what happened in Northern Japan last Friday.

What happened all over the world for the past 72 hours and on had been nothing less than impressive.

Old debts aside, people and organizations all over the world are showing care and support for the misfortune which hit thousands of people without a sign. It was a wake-up call to mankind, that no matter how technologically-advanced we are, there's no way we can win Mother Nature.

Some say women are unpredictable, and I guess that's why the Nature is The Mother.

More importantly, it brought me to the point of understanding the power of cyberspace, beyond those lame and stupid stuff people do on social networking websites.

Minutes after the disaster struck, news spread on websites, and minutes later, retweeted, forwarded and every-other-mean-possible-ed splattered all over the internet.

Twitter, for one, had seen #prayforjapan trending, and many news sites are updating every possible minute on the progress of the salvations, and the disaster updates.

Next thing you know, the disaster rose in the list of Top Search trends on Yahoo, and you can watch the latest raw footages recorded by those near the place where disaster struck.

But what touched me the most, was how some online celebrities are doing their part to pass the message on.

Unlike commercial advertorials, it doesn't really pay to talk about such things to your fans, karma excluded. But I really saw how people became sensitive to the Japan counterparts, and toned down on their usual sense of humour just to show respect for the unfortunate victims.

The funniest thing I saw out of many webpages was.... Ugliest look challenge? Even that wasn't very funny, and I'm extremely grateful for that. I'm sure many people do.

I appreciate how people rise to the occasion, and do what they are suppose to do. And sometimes going beyond their obligations, going the extra mile.

I've come across people who made light remarks about how what they did came back to them a disastrous way, but that being said, these people decided to put such ancient feuds behind, and pray for the victims and survivors.

Some of the statistics and figures do scare me.

One moment you're having a childish fight with your family member, and you slam the door to work. Next thing you know, he/she may never make it back to the house to make things up with you. Heck, your home may not even be where it used to be. And then you realise, your life would never be the same again.

People like me living overseas are the ones so far who have the chance to undo the things we screwed, and we have the chance to reflect, redo, remake and repent. But for many out there, their stories finished way before they want it to. And that there's nothing they can do to make things right anymore.

Such thoughts have been whirling in my mind all weekend, but the bottomline is,

be extremely grateful for all that you have,
for all that happened and did not happen,
for all that you get and did not get,
because it may be the last.

Don't give yourself a chance to think that your dad doesn't love you enough, cos I think there isn't anymore anyone can ask for from anyone else.

Don't let yourself live a day and think back realising you did not do something you should or always wanted to. If that's how you're going to look at your life if you leave this moment, there can't be any worse feeling.

For now, let's count our blessings, cherish every morning we get to wake and every night we get to lay in bed.

Aboveall, pray hard for those out there, and help if you know of any way you can. Be it an act of monetary donation or a simple retweet, just to let more people know what's going on.