I can’t believe it is already a week since I started. From feeling really nervous and being over an hour early because I wanted to make sure I knew where to go, to feeling like I had been in this place for a long time.
Today was a pretty cool day as I got to experience my first Invisible Screening as someone who works for Invisible Children. We were in Sydenham High School in London,an all girl school.
Molly, Ashlee (I’m used to be outnumbered by women but this was ridiculous) and I went along representing IC and it went really well. The girls were all really into it and asked some really good questions at the end. We showed the ‘Who we are’ video and also ‘the RESCUE’
I had seen the RESCUE before but this was the first time I saw it on a big screen. It was amazing. Felt like watching it for the first time and I appreciated watching it because it reminded me why I am doing this. It felt like the first time and I got chills when it started.
It’s so easy to sit in the office and work away and getting contacts that you become detached from it. Molly mentioned this when she told us how this was her 90th time watching it and she has kind shuts off when the film is showing. She doesn’t like this and I can see why. We forget that this is real and that these things are actually happening.
It really struck me in the film when it gets to the part about the massacre of the villages last Christmas.
That’s Christmas 2008.
I remember exactly what I did that day. Where I was. Who I was with.
I was with my family, having fun. Not a care in the world.
Though somewhere in the world, people were being killed, people were having their bodies mutilated. People having their lives ripped apart. And at the exact moments those things were happening I was with my family. Having a wonderful time.
Now that’s not to make myself feel guilty or make anyone else feel guilty. We are meant to enjoy this world and life was made to be good. But it is very very sobering all the same.
I write this so I can look back and remember that we can never forget what is going on in the world. We can’t allow oursleves to get so withdrawn into our own worlds and what is going on with ‘me’ that we forget what is happening to ‘them’.
I remembered a little today why I am happy to be here doing this.
So that was today. Then it was off home and going to hear my sister sing at her showcase for her course.
I was pretty excited because I have heard her talk about her showcases and how much she enjoys them and it was pretty awesome that I was going to be there for her Jazz performance.
Right now it is after 11 and I think that tiredness is finally starting to catch up with me. I think from tomorrow I might get a couple of early nights.
Over and out