Hey there amazing people!
I was walking down the street the other day and couldn’t help but notice the amount of junk that occupies the side walk. It was almost like playing a game, trying to hop over all the rubbish strewn across the side walk. This got me thinking on how many times I would have done the same thing. I haven’t thrown garbage on the ground since I came back to India, but as a child I did it blindly, seeing as everyone around me did it as well. This is something we should realize! We are constantly setting an example for the people around us.
Lets take a moment to be honest here. How many of you have thrown something on the street, even if its just a chocolate wrapper? How many of you saw someone littering and didn’t do anything about it because you thought it was no big deal? Well, Let me clear this up for you, IT IS A PRETTY BIG DEAL! Even something as little as a wrapper is still littering. Ever since I came back to India I haven’t littered. I feel like when I don’t litter in another country, then I shouldn’t be littering in my own country either.
Almost everyday at least one of my friends would throw something on the ground. Every time I would have to ask them to pick it up or I would have to do it myself, usually they would just wave me off and every time I would give the same speech that if in our own country we can’t clean up after ourselves then who will?
I get so frustrated when a girl or a boy comments on the state of the sidewalks saying something along the lines of “OMG! These roads na! When I went to US the roads were so clean! Chee its so dirty here!!!! ” Then that girl or guy would tiptoe over the junk in an overdramatic way. If its a girl, she would usually hold her hand up to gain balance and keep making disgusted sounds while tiptoeing. Fifteen minutes later, the same person would eat an german brand ice-cream and throw the ice cream paper on the floor and walk off like its none of their business. It’s moments like these that I completely loose it. In the US the roads are clean because they don’t litter or at least not as much as they do in India. Its also really funny how the girl or the guy get an american accent just after a week’s stay there!
So my school is taking us to The USA for excursion, the whole trip is actually to go to NASA but most of schoolmates, not all, are only going for the other events lined up for them. Like I mentioned before , almost everyday I would have to remind at least one of my friends to not litter, and yet again I saw one of my classmates throwing some wrapper on the floor, I asked her to pick it up and like usual she waved me off. I don’t think she expected the next thing I was going to ask her, ” When you go to The USA are you going to litter there as well ?” She replying “Obviously no.” It took her a moment to realize what I was hinting at because she picked up the wrapper with a sheepish smile. Why is it that when we know we won’t litter in another country, we still do it in our country ?
What are you waiting for ? For the government to impose heavy fines for whenever you litter, with security cameras monitoring your every move ?! Are you ???? Are we that immature that we have to wait till that moment to pick up after ourselves ? No we are not! We should open our eyes and see what we are doing to our own country. We are destroying it!
Now, you might tell me that that there is no other place to throw the garbage because there is no garbage bin. Well first off, the government has tried to keep dustbins on the street but they get stolen. We can’t blame the people who steal it though , India is still a country with a lot of poverty. Some people steal the bins so they can sell it and get some small amount of money. Now we can’t blame them, now can we ?
How many of you girls, who are reading this, carry purses while going out? Majority of girls do so. If you are a girl reading this , then take out your purse right now and go through the things in it. Be honest , you probably just found something you didn’t even know you owned, its probably also filled with other junk like empty lip balm boxes, empty mascara tubes,etc. When you can fit all that in your purse I am pretty sure you can put a piece of wrapper or a receipt in there so you can throw it once you get back home. As for the guys put it in your pockets so you can throw it once you get home. Its not like its going to take up a lot of space! Give it a thought. Its not just any land, it is your country,your land, respect it and help keep it clean. When you see someone else littering, its just as important to tell them to not litter.
In singapore, they have an hefty fine for littering and they have security cameras watching. People don’t dare litter fearing the fine because they know the government is not kidding when they talk about the fines.They also have STOMP which is an app in which the public can post eye witnessed stories on what happened. They know its their country so they keep it clean.
I hope this post helped open your eyes and made you realize that though what you were doing was just a small crime ,it still is a crime nevertheless. I hope no one took my post in an offensive manner, it wasn’t my intension.
Before I sign off, I want to write a short little thought that I came across. ‘When something bad happens to you, you have three choices. You can let it define you or destroy you or make you stronger.’ Its your choice. No one can carve your path in life except you and you only. Life is a journey where tragedies happen and memories are constantly being made. If we let these small mishaps define us, we would be living in the past for all of eternity. The same goes for letting it destroy us. Life as cruel as it is, is always looking for ways to push us down but we shouldn’t just lay there and let it win over us. We have to fight back and stand stronger and taller. The scars we have should only be signs of the tragedies we have overcome and signs on how much more stronger we are now. We should thank our pasts for the lessons and memories and we should tell future that we are ready for whatever it is going to throw at us and that we are ready to make new memories.
I hope this post got you to open your minds. If you find any mistakes or have any suggestions put it in the comments below. Leave your opinions in the comments section as well. Don’t forget to like, follow,re-blog and share. It really helps and it would make me very happy 😀 !!!! Hope you all have a good day! Thanks for reading. I love you all ❤ :*
Now with that note I sign off,