Things have been a little odd over here in Essentially Jess land.
2013 is seriously making me scratch my head. I know I said I wanted to stretch myself this year, but this is taking it to a whole new level.
First there was all the drama that made me just want to pack it in, but I managed to push through.
Then there was the fact that my iPhone is basically on life support, and the fairy, for all intents and purposes, appears to have completely abandoned me. Which is of course a tragedy of the highest order.
Add to that the fact that Boatman has had one day of work in about 9 weeks, and I was faced with a moral dilemma of my own to help the financial crisis.
And we’re only 19 days into February.
(I forgot to add to that we’re down to counting sleeps to the countdown to awesome.)
It’s been tough, and frankly, I’m a little over it.
Ok highly over it. Financial stress is totally underrated.
Despite all that, and the fact that the drama of it all seems to have reached my chest and caused me to be needing my Ventolin Puffer a lot more than I would like, Boatman gave me an impassioned speech on Sunday Night about how despite all evidence to the contrary, we are, in fact, ridiculously rich.
At which point I briefly considered checking his secret cash stash (I know where he keeps it) to see if he had been perhaps selling drugs or body parts whilst I was busy blogging.
But no he hasn’t.
And yes, he was right.
We are rich.
The proof of our prosperity is apparent in everything we do. We are still eating and paying rent despite no income, because we have savings. Granted, far less than we had, but still we had them to start with.
We have a car, and a boat. Also a trailer that we share with our neighbour (he likes to empty it for us :)), the kids have bikes and scooters, and Taylah has a ripstick. Enter into our house and you will see we have a large table, comfy couches and a reasonably sized TV. We have every season of Grey’s Anatomy on DVD. We have two iPhones, an iPad, an iPod and my shiny Mac Book.
And if anyone is thinking of burgling us from reading this, we also have a dog.
And she does bite.
Last week we sold an old car that we had been given by my dad. It was too expensive to fix, so it’s gone, and now we are down to one car. This will create a logistical problem when Tim does get a job, but we will survive. We can use public transport if need be, or he can get a pushy.
We have options, because we are rich.
We can take our kids to the doctors and get half of the exorbitant fee back.
If anyone has an emergency and needs hospitalisation, our government will cover it.
If I have a headache, I can obtain Panadol, and I can use Ventolin for my chest.
Because we are rich.
Last year, when the tickets to Digital Parents Conference came out, I bought mine with money I had earned from my blog, and planned on seeking sponsorship later on. I didn’t have high hopes, but you don’t get if you don’t ask.
Then I was faced with an opportunity. I heard that this year, Care Australia’s Walk in Her Shoes, would be the official charity of the conference, and as such, I could participate in raising funds to support the vital work that they do.
I was asked to see if I could raise $500. $500 for women who every day, have to walk miles upon miles to obtain clean drinking water for their families. Women who are not rich. Who have nothing. Young girls who miss out on an education because they have to help look after their families, and travel miles every day to get their basic necessities.
$500 to provide them with community gardens, clean drinking water, and more time in a day, so that they have greater opportunities for work and education.
$500 to make them feel rich.
They walk to get water from a dirty creek.
I turn on my tap, fill up my water bottle, and then put it in the fridge because I’m fussy and I like it cold.
I was faced with a choice. I could seek sponsorship for myself, for the conference, even though I’m rich.
Or I could seek it for someone else, who has nothing.
I chose the latter.
And then was gifted the former.
Not just rich.
If you’re reading this post today, It’s because you’re rich too. No matter how tough things are at your house, you have a computer and you have internet connection, and that is more than 80% of the world have.
I’m not a big fan of asking people for money, because I know, first hand, that even though we may be rich by the majority of the world’s standards, by our own societies, we can still be struggling. However, we all have the opportunity to make a difference, and I can’t help but notice that if every person who linked to IBOT today gave $5, we’d have $500 by Tuesday night.
And we wouldn’t be any poorer, but we’d be helping those who truly are.