Bushra Waheedi

Fri May 15 2020 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

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“I had a comforting childhood. My parents were always there to ensure we have proper education, food and a moderate lifestyle. They worked really hard for it and yet made it seem an easy task. It's amazing how someone of my age on the other side of the city is starving, while I am busy complaining about my dress not being stitched the way I wanted. The girl who is starving could have been me. Just because I was blessed with a comforting life, doesn't mean I won't be held accountable for not doing something for the less fortunate ones.

This pandemic got me panicking about not being able to do anything for the victims of the economic downturn and at one point I decided to start helping whatever people I can help with the limited resources. All it took for me is to just take the first step. And Allah made everything easy and guided me all the way through.

Leading a volunteers organization for almost two months in this pandemic has taught me a lot. I'm the eldest in my family, and I hated being a girl. I always thought being a guy makes life a little easier. I realize that sometimes that can be true but not always. It doesn't matter if this is a man's world, if you're good at something and can prove yourself, there is always a space designated for you here. It has taught me to be grateful for simple things that can be luxury for others like for the three times meal I get without any struggle, for being able to breathe freely and without any machine, to have my family with me and much more.

Sometimes, it's really overwhelming and I want to give up and stay at home without worrying about the crisis brought by COVID-19, and so I constantly remind myself that this is a once in a lifetime experience and that I am blessed to be able to help the people in need. Alhamdulillah!”