So lucky

Mother Earth seem to be really going after Japan right now. I thought Haiti and Christchurch were enough, and then this happens. Massive earthquake –> huge tsunami –> failing nuclear plants –> waking volcano. Every time I turn on the TV or go online it seem to be getting worse :(

Things like these really remind me of how fortunate I am. People here bitch and complain about the Swedish climate a lot. About the long winters, the short summers, the cold, the darkness, the snow… But the truth is we’re so fucking lucky it’s embarrassing!
I live in a part of the world where natural “disasters” are limited to a week or two of extreme cold and maybe a huge blizzard – and even then it’s extremely rare that people actually die. There might be material damages and some economic downfalls, but people getting killed due to the weather happens just about never. The next person who walks in complaining about the snow will get yelled at. For real.

Now I’m gonna go take my dog for a walk. And enjoy the fact that the ground I walk on doesn’t shake.


  1. 14 March 2011

    Couldn’t agree more! We’ve won the birth place lottery and still complain. I’ll take the -33°C we had any day over what they have in Japan right now :( The whole situation there is just so tragic & something I won’t ever understand. Funniest thing here right now.. people have bought all of the iodine pills from the pharmacies… :doh:

  2. 14 March 2011

    I’ll admit I get annoyed when people complain about the smallest things – I see it mostly on Twitter; people complaining that they only have internet on their phone, or that their parents won’t let them colour their hair, or that they got a crappy mark in some subject. I think there are other things to worry about and that compared to other people they could be very lucky indeed. This means that I also need to stop complaining about the fluctuating Australian weather. Where I live there are barely any natural disasters and I definitely feel lucky that I’m not at the centre of an earthquake or tsunami. :( I feel for those in Japan and I hope that the destruction doesn’t get any worse.

  3. 14 March 2011

    That’s about the worst that ever happens where I live too–snow snow and more snow. I’ve always been grateful for that and I try not to hate it. I just hope that this is the end of these huge disasters and things will just calm down for, oh, 100 years or so…

  4. 14 March 2011

    Yes, we are very lucky. People forget and start complaining. But all in all we all here (not only in Germany) have a pretty good life I’d say. It’s so shocking what happened in Japan. Unbelievable.

  5. 14 March 2011

    I thought how lucky we were as well :( being on a very small island, when we once had a teeny scale 2 earthquake everyone came out of their houses panicking…. i cannot imagine what would happen if something that disastrous hit us :( – thoughts & love goes to the unfortunate victims of natural disasters (wish i could do more).

  6. 15 March 2011

    That’s so true! There’s always going to be something worse. D:

  7. 15 March 2011

    I live in Southwest Missouri, completely landlocked & the whole state away from a fault line. I am thankful for it also. I may feel the shakes but the fault line is far enough away that it won’t cause damage to us.

  8. 17 March 2011

    Yes, it is so sad but it makes you truly thankful for what you have, that is for sure.

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