Providing you haven’t been living under a rock this past year you will have seen what seems like endless news stories about death, terrorism and other horrible events across the world. I’m not going to sit here and lie to you and say it hasn’t crossed my mind about the world being unsafe, and when you think about it, yeah it’s pretty scary.
But should this stop you living your life? Definitely not! For one, it’s not like this is a brand new thing and the world was perfect before the media started shoving their opinions down our throat.
The big news stories that are covered are very rare occurrences in the grand scheme of things, and if you’re worried about dying, well you better look a little closer to home first! You have all probably heard the saying ‘You’re much more likely to die getting to the airport than you are flying on the plane’ and this is so true but unfortunately a car accident isn’t as interesting to report about, because they happen every day!! It isn’t considered an interesting read. A plane crash on the other hand…
So you may feel you hear about terrorist attacks and plane crashes all the time, but what about the other ways so many people die? If you’re going to let the big things stop you living your life then be sure it will be the thing you’re least expecting that kills you!
Last year I moved to the Middle East and I couldn’t be happier! Obviously friends and family worry, and anytime anything near to where you live is reported on the news, they instantly convince themselves that you were in some way involved! But let me tell you, I have never felt safer, nor has my life felt any more normal – Apart from the fact that my weekends are now spent by the pool and beach of course 😉
People’s perceptions of the Middle East are so skewed because of the media. Of course there are some unsafe places to be right now (and I’m in no way telling you to go to those places) but don’t assume the whole world is out of bounds because of a few stupid people who want to ruin things for everyone. Terrorism or not, your mum will always continue to tell you to ‘stay safe’ and ‘look after each other’… So take her advice and go make some memories. The world is full of lovely people and awesome new experiences!
Surely if you think about it, it is all just a case of wrong place, wrong time, as horrible as that may seem but there is no way of knowing what is around the corner, wherever you are in the world.
You may die whilst you’re in another country, whether you’re living there or just on holiday, but you may also die in your own front living room! I know where I’d rather be…
Look past the headlines, stay safe and go on that adventure!
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