The Other Side of the World – What’s it Like?

In our world, we not only have what we need, but we also have the opportunity to get what we want. What about the other side of the world? How often do you think about the other side of the world? I know for me, the answer was: as little as I can. There’s another side of our world that’s very different. We all try to push it under the carpet, so most of us don’t know what it’s actually like. Now that I’m living in it, let me tell you what it’s like.

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Most have little money, no cars and often live in places they built themselves. But you already know this. What I’m interested in, is how they appear to think.

On the other side of the world they think differently. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. The family comes before the individual. Honour is important; shame even more so.

Most fascinating to me though, is their resilience. On the other side of the world, tragedies have befallen almost every area, with most still in living memory. In Cambodia, there’s no sign of change either. Yet still, they hope. All they need is a chance.

Children will walk miles to school to create an opportunity for themselves that is likely to be taken away from them at any moment. Yet still they walk.

Kids The Other Side of the WorldCorrupt governments, terrible infrastructures and widespread propaganda are all injustices. But to the individual, the biggest injustice is not getting an opportunity to fulfil their potential. Not even getting a chance.

So many on the other side of the world aren’t given a chance. Sure, they’re educated up to the age of 7, but then they have to start begging to pay for their father’s medicine. So who’s to blame?

I’m not going to sit here and point fingers or pretend I’m the right person to change the world. I’m not. And the truth is, you’re probably not either.

Learn to deploy gratitude every day. I don’t want you to be thankful for your new car, your new house or your new job.

Be grateful that you got a chance and your children will get a chance. When we decided what and who we wanted to be when we grew up, most of us had that chance. If I’d really wanted it, I could have tried to be a pilot. I’m not, but I could have had a real crack at it.

In a world where many don’t get a chance, be thankful that by sheer dumb luck, you did.

A few months ago, we met a humble man in India who owned a small material shop. We bought the cheapest thing in the shop and it looked like we’d made his year. He said to me:

“Gratitude is the right attitude”

Gratitude - The Other Side of the World

21 Comments Add yours

  1. colourwhirls says:

    Spot on Zac! I’m Indian, now living in Europe for the past 2 years. I can totally relate.

    1. Zac says:

      Thanks! I think everyone can benefit from seeing both sides 😊

  2. Glenn Lamb says:

    Another insightful post Zac – keep ’em coming….

    1. Zac says:

      Thanks Glenn 😊

  3. Beautifully stated Zac. Thank you for sharing your world view.

    1. Zac says:

      Thanks Paul 😊

  4. I can totally relate – after traveling in India now for a about 10 days, everyday I see something new that makes me thankful for the life I am able to live. That I was given the life that I have. I hadn’t realized that I had made the choice to not think about certain areas because it was to painful. Your post was beautiful inspiration 🙂 Thank you

    1. Zac says:

      Thank you for your kind words Danielle. I think it’s important we see these places to gain a sense of perspective. I hope you’re enjoying India, we found it quite the experience. Where’re you right now?

      1. I’m back in Delhi, I was in Dharamshala for several days last week 🙂 Had a great time !

        1. Zac says:

          Glad you’re enjoying India! I’ll be looking out for your blog posts.

  5. Loved it! Being selfish comes with our DNA and we either struggle to become different or we don’t give a damn about others. That’s why travelling is so rewarding, it makes us different 🙂

    1. Zac says:

      Thank you for reading and for your comment Miguel. I see your perspective – we must change and I agree, it is hard. It’s something I’ve been thinking about lately, so thanks for your comment. Perhaps something I’ll write about soon. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Beautiful!!!!

    In Qatar, the entire country is being built on the backs of immigrant laborers who are not protected and domestic workers who have no protection from her employer. This is the side of the Middle East that is hidden. When I moved from Halifax, Nova Scotia – a city with high racial tension yet the government provides free services including education for minorities…..I was enraged at how lucky the minorities are of the services available to them to make positive changes in their lives – but how many minorities stay stuck in anger – blaming others – not taking a solution focused attitude to start change…….to empower themselves and free themselves of the hate passed down to them.
    I am no longer on Facebook as my opinions were not appreciated.
    Maybe some of the minorities who choose to stay stuck should live in a country where slavery is still happening…..maybe they might sign up for the government provided services to educate them……

    Well, that is my rant……something that still eats at me…….

    1. Zac says:

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts Stephanie. I confess, I haven’t got much experience seeing the issues you talk about in Nova Scotia (and I’m sure elsewhere). All I can say is that the kids who I work with in Cambodia – they’re so positive and so smart. All they need is a chance.

      1. Your blog – the true positivity and intelligence of the children who are not given a chance….who touch our hearts and show us how much we have to be grateful for….is what triggered my emotional response. I worked with children in an inner city school in Nova Scotia where staff burnout is high because staff try so hard to help the kids – but the parents get in the way because they pass down generational anger and teach the children to rely on the government welfare system. To take and not have to do any work – when so many free services and programs are available to have a chance in life…..It is very difficult to explain. It was very difficult to work with amazing children with so much potential yet see them toss away a chance at life at such a young age……… 🙁

        1. Zac says:

          That sounds really tough Stephanie and a difficult experience. My partner is a high school maths teacher and was recently in very challenging school. It sounds heartbreaking to see first hand what some of these kids are up against.

  7. Keng says:

    Beautifully put, Zac. Well done. Traveling should be high on a list for every young persons.

  8. Amy says:

    Well said, Zac! Thank you so much for sharing your insights. 🙂

    1. Zac says:

      Thanks Amy 😊

  9. That was related to our life. Our world other side is totally different. I am a traveler every year I traveling many rear places and see the human differences. Thanks for your post that must be reflect our other side of the world.

    1. Zac says:

      Thanks Tiffany, I appreciate you reading 🙂

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