Day 11 – 30 Day Photo Challenge

Day 01 – A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.
Day 02 – A picture of you and the person you have been close with for the longest.
Day 03 – A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
Day 04 – A picture of your night.
Day 05 – A picture of your favorite memory.
Day 06 – A picture of a person you’d love to trade places with for a day.
Day 07 – A picture of your most treasured item.
Day 08 – A picture that makes you laugh.
Day 09 – A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
Day 10 – A picture of the person you do the craziest things with.

Day 11 – A picture of something you hate.

Boca Ria (trash dump and home to these two young girls), Maputo, Mozambique

Hate is a strong word. There are a lot of things I dislike: traffic, bad photography, airport security, olives. But what really keeps me up at night (besides my two-month-old) is injustice.

When I was a kid, I felt a lot of guilt and confusion about having more money/food/health than starving children in Africa. I was embarrassed by all that I was blessed with and desired to live without those blessings so as to level the playing field. I grappled with the world’s deep inequalities and took it upon myself to make a difference, however unrealistic in size. This was the primary reason for my travels and the initial reason for my pursuit of nursing in college.

I can’t say that I’ve necessarily dealt with this dilemma fully. But my travels have certainly adjusted my perspective of what global, significant inequalities entail. I was surprised by the string of similarity that runs through all human beings. We all share basic needs for food, water, health, safety, and love. The allocation of monetary wealth itself is not so much the issue as access to these vital necessities – meaning you can’t really compare numbers one-to-one across cultures because price of living varies greatly, and I don’t believe money is directly related to love or happiness. Granted, there is definitely a link between wealth and access to food, health and safety, which is not equally dealt. And this does keep me up at night. Not just on a huge, global scale. We see this every day within the US. Living in a democracy doesn’t rule out homelessness and starvation. And it does nothing to correct injustice between individuals. It’s not fair that some people are dealt a fuller hand of congenital health concerns than others. It’s not fair that people get away with being selfish jerks to those around them. It’s not fair that some police officers feel the right to racially profile. It’s not fair that trusting in others can lead to getting hurt physically and emotionally.

I was taught in church to chalk this up to a root evil in humanity, as a consequence of the Fall of Man. And that’s fine to believe. But it has never helped me sleep easier. It doesn’t fix anything. It still sucks.

Wow, pretty heavy for a cutesy blog photo list. And a total downer without any solution. That’s probably not at all what this 30 Day Challenge was really calling for. But they were good thoughts to work through for myself. And Day 12 is something I love.

Day 12 – A picture of something you love.
Day 13 – A picture of your favorite band or artist.
Day 14 – A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
Day 15 – A picture of something you want to do before you die.
Day 16 – A picture of someone who inspires you.
Day 17 – A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
Day 18 – A picture of your biggest insecurity.
Day 19 – A picture of you when you were little.
Day 20 – A picture of somewhere you’d love to travel.
Day 21 – A picture of something you wish you could forget.
Day 22 – A picture of something you wish you were better at.
Day 23 – A picture of your favorite book.
Day 24 – A picture of something you wish you could change.
Day 25 – A picture of your day.
Day 26 – A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Day 27 – A picture of yourself and a family member.
Day 28 – A picture of something you’re afraid of.
Day 29 – A picture that can always make you smile.
Day 30 – A picture of someone you miss.

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