Monday, November 14, 2011

Together We Stand

Well. Here I am. Sitting here in the library. Yes I know I look bored, but that's kinda what happens after sitting on the most uncomfortable wooden chair for over 8 hours with nothing but yogurt covered pretzels and a bag of cough drops. I've been sick for going on 4 weeks now. It's getting progressively worse, so I'm going to see the doctor this afternoon before it turns into bronchitis, and then before that turns into pneumonia, and then I die.

But anyway, back to me and all my problems that I'm sure you care about.....I'm sick. I'm tired. I have a truck-load of homework (hence the reason I've been in the library for 8 hours). I'm homesick. I'm car-less. My dorm room is an absolute disaster. Did I mention that I have homework? Finals week is coming up and I am planning 3 campus events in the next 2 weeks. Oh ya and I might want to figure out a way to fit 23 hours of work and my 18 credit hours worth of classes in sometime this week.            

You wanna know something that always forget, but yet I'm always reminded of? It's not all about me. Or you. Yes this is my blog, my life, my opinion and it's your life too....but in the being a little sick and having a messy room doesn't matter. At all. While in the library I stumbled across a song/music video...(I was obviously studying very hard in the library!) The lyrics smacked me across the face and almost brought me to tears. It was such a good reminder about life. I had completely forgotten what a spoiled rich stuck up punk I was until I listened to the lyrics. 

I am the one worried about taking that text next week over European Civilization when there are teenagers in other countries that have never experienced getting a college education. There are children in other parts of the world that have only eaten a few grains of rice today while I stuffed my face with french fries and brownies for lunch. There are families that don't have a place to call home, while I have my parents home as well as my own dorm room with carpet and a personal bathroom. I'm trying to decide which car to get, while others have never driven or owned a car of their own. I sit here with clothes covering my body, hair on my head, food in my belly, a roof over my head, fuzzy socks on my feet, and chocolate pudding in my refrigerator. Not very many people in the world can say that. Anyway, here are some of the lyrics to the song. I hope you enjoy them and take them to heart.   

When We Stand Together by Nickelback

One more depending on a prayer
And we all look away
People pretending everywhere
It's just another day
There's bullets flying through the air
And they still carry on
We watch it happen over there
And then just turn it off

We must stand together
There's no getting even
Hand in hand forever
That's when we all win
That's when we all win
That's when we all win

They tell us everything's allright
And we just go along
How can we fall asleep at night?
When something's clearly wrong
When we could feed a starving world
With what we throw away
But all we serve are empty words
That always taste the same

Repeat Chorus

The right thing to guide us
Is right here, inside us
No one can divide us
When the light is leading on
But just like a heartbeat
The drumbeat carries on

Repeat Chorus

And the drumbeat carries on
Just like a heartbeat
We must stand together
There's no getting even
Hand in hand forever
That's when we all win
That's when we all win 
That's when we all win


As the song plays, the music video shows pictures of soldiers fighting in the war, families running from natural disasters, and photos of starving children. The song talks about how everyone needs to come together, because that's how we will all win. No more fights. No more starving. No more problems. It's time we take a stand and stop just watching this world crumble around us. To take action. To take a stand. Together.  

I kinda sorta wanna drop out of school and move to Africa right now.