I want you to go home today and do something for me. It’s not too big of a task, really. Unlock your front door, leave your stuff at a nearby table. Forget the buzzing phone and the ticking clock on the wall. Step out of your shoes. And not just your physical ones. Stop being a noun carrying out verbs in a bigger noun that looks like an adjective and houses a collection of onomatopoeia.

I want you to go home today and find a mirror. The largest one you can spot. It could be hidden in the corner of a cluttered room or centered directly in your line of vision. Take your time. There’s no rushing this moment. After you’ve chosen your pick, walk towards it. Barefoot. Let your feet feel the surface of a definite ground. It’s all about the senses.

Once you reach your reflection, take a long good look. This is you. Say hello! You might smile at what you see, or shrug, or grimace, or do a million of other things. But there’s one thing you won’t ever ask yourself.

“Am I starving?”

The pair of eyes that look back at you won’t help you answer the question. Your nose, mouth, cheeks, forehead, skin, arms, torso, and legs won’t tell you they’re the cause of such a thing. The color of your skin or the length of your body won’t define themselves as factors.

This is because hunger has no identity.

According to the World Food Programme:

“Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth.”

“One out of six children — roughly 100 million — in developing countries is underweight.”

“If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.”1

Women, children, people in general, our fellow citizens in this global community, are victims of circumstance. There will always be someone who raises a voice and says “yes, but why should we care?” It’s a good question. If our population is seven billion+ people and everyone has the responsibility of their own life, is it necessary for us to look out for each other?

You’ll stare at your reflection. You’ll try to seek the answer behind your eyes.

Here’s mine: yes.

If humanity is universal and we all are not defined by the reflections in the mirror, rather by our actions, then yes. The inner power of a human seeking to carry out some sort of good can transcend the barriers, the limitations, and restrictions. Listen to that lovely symphony in your mind, the one that tells you to put some positivity in this universe. Let it swirl and be loved by all who encounter it. For we all share a connection, and if karma is true, the good you do, comes back to you.

You can step away from that mirror now. It’s time to seek some reflection outside in the world.

Keep shining.

1  World Food Programme: Hunger Statistics

About The Author

Paramjot Kaur
Youth Ambassador

To write is to paint thoughts into existence. Words are precious, containing the ability to take a reader to worlds that exist in our dreams. I seek to weave positivity into my storytelling. Currently an undergraduate student, I charter the ocean of academics, learning in school and from the outside world-- both have so much to teach me.

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