When I think of the rice crisis, oil price rise, jobless people, poverty, high crime etc. I always tell myself “see how lucky you are”. You get to eat 3x a day. You can afford a monthly flat rate bill of internet amounting to P999. You sleep in an air-conditioned room. You are jobless yet you are still able to live a good life. You have a daughter who cheers you up every time you think of your husband who is working miles away for your future. And most of all, you have a normal life. What else could you ask for? Why do you still whine and complain? You should be thankful enough that you do not need a in order to live a normal life.

Whenever these thoughts come in my mind, I always remember our friend back in Bahrain. He’s a deaf and mute. But he tries to live a normal life as much as he could. He has a job that supports his daily needs. He does not depend on anyone. He communicates with us very well. You won’t even need a sign language interpreter in order to understand him. And if ever you need one, it surely won’t be a tough job for the interpreter. As a matter of fact, he’s still in touched with my husband. He sends text messages once in a while. He even send us e-cards on special occasions. He’s never a burden. But one thing that I couldn’t forget when he once told me through text compose message (if I don’t understand what he tries to tell me, he types it in his cellphone) “you are lucky, you could enjoy your favorite song, unlike me I only hear boom boom when the player is at its full volume“.

Since then, his words made me realize that life is actually better, that is if you give importance to every bit of it.

Mitch Carvalho

A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. I’m 43 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.