What Should Not Be Taken For Granted

by Esmat

Today, at the Summer Session program at Andover, the classes are off and the library and other academic buildings are closed, as it should be and is in almost everywhere. The library opens at 1pm in the afternoon so for those who wants to study or read they have to find their own places to do so.

So me and two of friends, one who is from Japan and one who is from Indonesia, was having brunch and was thinking of where to go to study. I thought of a building that is usually open regardless of which week day it is so I suggested that we go there until the library opens.

The building was open and nobody was there, suddenly both of my friends kind of start complaining that it is not comfortable enough, that it is not sufficiently lit or it doesn’t have “proper” chairs. I mean it would have been nicer to have more “comfortable” chairs or have the place brightly lit, but is it really that bad to complain about it so much? While sitting down studying, one complains that he doesn’t feel like doing work in such a place. I mean really?

I don’t know how it works in Japan or in Indonesia, that they have such places that they complain about the academic buildings here in a private school in U.S but in Afghanistan things are much more worse, and I know that there are places in this world that are much more worse than in Afghanistan.

During all this, I start remembering those cold, windy and cloudy winter days I spent inside the classrooms back home, without a single source of lighting in the classroom. Nobody complained, nobody said that it’s too dark, nobody said that the chairs are not too comfortable. Not everybody but some who went to school everyday, and they were okay with it.

Again, I don’t know how the classrooms are in Japan or in Indonesia but my friends should be more grateful for studying in a place where they would probably never hear the sound of a bomb blast. And I have had that experience of a bomb going off right across the street where my school is and I still went to school after that blast happened. I hated almost everyday of going to school for several reasons but I was grateful for the opportunity that most people in the developing world doesn’t have.

Education and the opportunities that comes with it should be not taken for granted. Never. Because there are a lot of people out there who would risk their lives for what few of us have. We are obliged to use every opportunity to make things better for those who doesn’t have the same opportunities as us.

I just feel like I had to share this experience because I know teens like me could be very negligent or ignorant of what’s happening in the rest of the world. And it matters what happens in the rest of the world.