An optimist!

Global citizen/what politics? We are simply – an optimist!

While the big promises are made, plans to make this world a better place are being discussed resulting with endless goals being piled up to collect dust…

Not questioning any authority or complaining. Who am I to? Particularly when I already know that there’s nothing you can do. Anyways, we are aware that some global issues are being resolved or at least in process; while there are some unseen not necessarily ignored.

Initiatives are taken with dignity and our hearty respect for heroes around the globe, but it seems they are few in comparison to the issues we have and the new ones are being produced every single moment.

Do realize that the difference may not be visible overnight and change for the betterment of the humanity, globally will happen eventually and everyone must do their bit, but to speak of an ordinary person like me and there are millions like me who is being affected by the big news and often feels helpless as to: how we can help or make a difference?

These ordinary people (OP) like me are those trying to live their normal life, who claims to have no power but the few people in power orate, designating OP as the one who indeed is in power. Maybe that’s true or maybe not.

OP who no doubt are affected emotionally by the global crisis. We see the news on TV or read the newspaper – react in awe and change the channel/turns the page, why? Because we live in the moment as we are obligated to. Aware of global news but we gotta rush to work or we might get late. So, might quickly grab a breakfast and get going or else there won’t be food in the table, groceries for a month for the family one has to feed.

These ordinaries are the people who may not react to the big issues unless directly affected e.g what’s happening in the nation (Nepal) now? But is that new? If you ask me or young adults of my age – we’ve grown up addressing these political issues early on when we had no interest or clue in whatsoever…

On top of my head I recall one petty riots to start with i.e Hrithik Roshan kanda that prevented us to play outdoors for a while or cycle in street and as a kid – hated that restriction.

Maoist attack in school when in 8th standard came as the cost where most of the teachers in our school were foreigners, they left the country and left the incomplete course for us to complete on our own. School management went haywire with teachers on strike…

Soon after, nation woke up in complete shock with the news of Royal Massacred and over the years we moved passed the incident and somehow we focused on our preparation and passed the SLC, so-called the iron gate but no time for celebration because what we’d witnesses all these years was indeed the beginning of the political turmoil…

We are the generation who saw the pre-post democracy movement (Jana Andolan – II). When in high school, riots in Nepal after killing hostages in Iraq created another chaos , education sectors was closed for weeks, an empty street and burning tires on the road. Inside every closed doors families trying to stay safe, parents gluing their eyes on the news channel – all these during puberty made us thick-skinned where personal issues no matter how profound were trivial in comparison to political turbulence in the nation.

After all the years, moved on with life and as time demanded, landed up in the job (first job ever) and graduated, despite the odd working hours or distance there were times when we walked to work and then walked to college after work. And after all these years, doing the same thing i.e walking to work yet again…

While the nation was and is still recovering after the major earthquake that hit the nation on 25 April and its aftershock – amidst the dark there we saw a glimpse of hope (light) brought about by the news of the new constitution but soon that lead to severe shortages in essential supplies like petrol, kerosene, diesel etc which are the fuel for life, for the mobility that feeds to basic needs in ever nook and corner of the city and keeps us all going. But now the situation is such that: leaving home to run some errands or even to do the daily chores has become no less than preparing for a battlefield.

Wouldn’t want to call it political entirely but whatever it is, that our nation is facing might not be the biggest issue of all (globally speaking) but it needs to be addressed. How is the question! You & I = “WE” could be just a layman who’s not the brightest, is not in power, has his/her own personal issues to take care of, who’s making an average income to support his/her family – what more could that ordinary person do if s/he sees a beggar grabbing a good from the garbage? Maybe handover some money or help the beggar buy some food, similar is the situation at hand. We will do what we can to contribute with whatever we have.

People and youth of our country are not completely helpless, taken aback or reliant, taking the current situation for an example – we all can tell. We have been patient but THAT not to be taken for our weakness. We have tried to stay as optimistic as we can – seeing a glass half empty as half full. To state this statement as truth we have various examples: through various other channels and social media like in the tweets and FB status – we hear the voice of our nation.

“So what the Indian channels are out? For our mothers and aunt who are addicted to the indian soap opera have opened up to try new even if that means learning Chinese ☺️ watch Nepali shows instead, one can either: sit down and compliment, pass a rowdy comment or get up and make the change in the Nepali entertainment world you want to see.

Power outage so what? We can use that time reading books, connecting with friends by making a visit instead of a poke through a FB. After dinner while still waiting for a power/light to be back we can hear great stories of our childhood or any stories our mum, grand parents has to share. Not living with family? In that case go up in the terrace, look at the sky and count it if you wish to 😉 trust me it’s so much better than staring at your mobile screen.

Fuel shortage so what? At least we have a healthy Nepal who cycles or walks to work and that’s Eco-friendly too. We all agree this ain’t the final solution practically speaking but must admit that we are not totally deprived of the necessity as well. What is necessity? All these needs are man-made/created and we’ve all become dependent to the fast changing world in the name of modernization.

We’re positive that surely there could be an alternative to all the problems mentioned above: every family, every country has problems they need to resolve – this shall pass too as nothing is temporary be it good times or bad. Thus, we just need to give ourselves some time to adopt to this change, meanwhile stay united, and as for being patient – we already are best known for it 😊

In adversity we find an opportunity and many of us have taken this privation as an opportunity to wear that heroic hat and make the change – however we can. A very good and fast tending example is – carpooling. Also, how can we forget how people volunteered to those in need after the major earthquake struck the nation early this year. 

We are getting up strong each time we fall, although helpless offering a helping hand and recovering with time to turn wounds into wisdom. I am so proud to be born in the nation where amid all these mayhem, there is still so much positivity around.

Happy reading & be proud to be a Nepali! – $hri&T

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