The World Is Making Me Worried

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It seems like the world is getting more and more muddled each day. I avoid finding out about the daily news, but the headlines seem to creep in regardless. The world is a scary place right now and I’m left wondering what we’re meant to do about it. A powerless millennial, who apparently is responsible for sorting out this mess, but where do we begin.

The UK is in a Brexit muddle and America is dealing with the outcome of Donald Trump taking up the US Presidency. We’re left watching powerful politicians making changes that may affect us for the rest of our lives, and I’m left thinking that they’re not even the ones I wanted to be making those decisions for me. I am feeling disempowered and invalidated on a global scale. I wanted to write something powerful and meaningful, but my friend Sara AlAseeri put it so much better than I ever could:

“It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitzgerald.

Unfortunately, if you’re a Muslim in today’s world, where you’re from completely determines where you go.

Unfortunately if you’re a Muslim in today’s world, you live your life fearing that if one country doesn’t want you around that others will soon follow its example too.

Unfortunately, if you’re a Muslim in today’s world others’ stereotyped and racist beliefs of you and people in the Middle East are no longer just their beliefs but are considered valid truths, and no one will look at you as evidence that their “truths” are false.

Unfortunately if you’re a Muslim in today’s world it doesn’t matter how hard you work, how nice you are to others, or how much you contribute to a community. You are a Muslim, and if a minority of people claiming they are muslims have done some terrible things than you should be punished for it too. Even though you have no control of them, don’t even consider them as part of your religion, and want them gone just as much as anyone else.

Basically, if you are Muslim you will be judged or even hated by some based on where you’re from, and you’ll be banned from going to certain places. Thanks for spreading the hate Donald Trump. Good job at accomplishing nothing good for the world.

Thank you to all the kind people who are fighting and protesting against this man and his immigration bans. Thanks for reminding me that there’s still plenty of loving people out there.

-Sara AlAseeri

I’m seeing a world that seems bitter and filled with hate. I’m seeing a world of people who do not want decisions about their lives being made by a minority to whom we have no aliance with or belief in.

To someone struggling with mental health problems, it adds to the desire to hide away from the world and almost say… well I did tell you everything is bad and scary and broken. I want to be able to fix it and make it ok for those I love. I also have moments where I feel like what’s the point in try and tackle things close to home when everything in the world seems doomed. But the thing is, now is the time to really focus on self care and looking after those around you. We have a responsiblity to do what we can to make the world a better place. If you’re in a position to rally and protest, I wish I could be there with you. But if all you can do is sign a petition, show care to those around you in your community or even just manage to show yourself a moment of kindness today, then please please do.

Stay safe everyone and spread a little kindness today.

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