A few years back I was talking with my friend Githa, a very funny friend of mine who loves to make jokes about everything. I was asking him some questions and I guess he was in his joking mood, so he answered all of my questions with "it depends" answer. A classical joke, but when the 6th question I asked still got the same answer it started to be annoying. But yet again, I can't deny that I also laughed.
Most people here in Reykjavik (including me) said that the blizzard yesterday was terrible. So even some people had a great day yesterday, I imagine they still say something like "even it was not the best weather yesterday, ...." as part of their "great day" story. I also had a great day yesterday, but apparently my biggest lesson and reminder starts with "because of the weather yesterday, ...".
After I finished friday praying at the mosque, there was a lady that gave us some nice food for lunch. After everyone is finished there was still some of the food left, and very generously, they wrapped and gave it to me because I'm the youngest one there :-).
Then I went to the bank to take my new card and straight to AIESEC office after that. The blizzard was getting bigger. Before 6 pm I went to the cinema near to the office and watched The Departed (see my rating on the right side of this blog), an excellent movie!!!. Then I went back to the office around 9 pm, took the food and walked home. Again, the blizzard was even bigger, and it was probably the best day for me not to bring my gloves.
The picture on the top of this post is me holding the food, but I tried to put my fingers inside my jacket so my hands wont be that freezing (even though it's still freezing, very much).
It was on the walked home when I felt this other part of my joy (besides that the people gave me food earlier and I just watched a great movie). The road was blury because of the wind and hails that kept coming to my face. But I was thinking that the food was good, I really want to eat it again for dinner. So I kept and protect it with all my heart because I didn't want it to fall off the plate.
Then suddenly I stopped. I think about my self protecting this food, and then think about other people who will do anythinig just to get something to eat. Maybe not in Iceland or in a cold weather, but they have to go through a much much worse experience just to be able to "not feel hungry" for a while. What about these people:
At least I'm on my way home...I can even heat my food. While some people may not even have a home. So blizzard should be nothing for me, and it's NOT like I have to go through a blizzard bringing food everyday. Then again, all of these made me very grateful again for what I have. Just smile and go home, nevermind the blizzard. Instead, I thank the blizzard for a meaningful lesson and reminder.
I'm very grateful for what I have. I took a picture of the food I brought last night as well: Rice, potatoes, beef meat balls and some vegetables.
a special smile for the weather yesterday,