When you are healthy, successful and fulfilled it is very easy to take things in life for granted. After all, if you have never struggled or suffered, how can you relate to people who have? Would you sympathise with a cancer patient? A homeless man? A childless couple? A parent with a sick child? A person with special needs?
I think la person’s level of humanity depends on a lot of things, including how you were brought up and what kind of people surround you. But deep down, I think it is up to each one of us to remain human and compassionate, to be able to cry, to help a person in need and not just be a soulless passer by in life.
Christy Turlington, one of the original ‘supermodels’, who remains incredibly beautiful and elegant and very much demand to this day, chose to remain human and get involed with issues that are important to her but bring goodness to society at the same time without seeking an ounce of self-promotion, which a lot of celebrities do. There was her wonderful yoga book ‘Living Yoga: creating a life’s practise’, full of wonderful pictures and poses and advice on yogic practise; her skincare line Sundari, her sports gear Nuala range. She seems to have a vision and follows it wholeheartedly, with determination and passion. This year Ms. Turlington Burns went a step further, self financing and directing a documentary on maternal health called ‘No Woman No Cry’.
I am not going to say that pregnancy and delivery are always straight forward in the Western world-I know of women having died while giving birth or had complications be it in the UK or Russia (even in very well-known hospitals and at times privately) but can you imagine the hardships that many woman in the Third World countries face each day when there are not just no hospitals or medical facilities close by, but often they don’t even have access to clean running water…….
Christy Turlington Burns had a complication after delivering her daughter but even though she was in safe hands, that scary experience spurred her on and the end result was the documentary that was filmed in the four parts of the world, including the Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum in Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala and a prenatal clinic in the US.
It is a sobering fact that reproductive health problems are the biggest death cause worldwide in women aged 15 to 44. And the fact that someone who is very privileged and well-educated takes the time to learn about the problem and teach us, raising awareness and funds is very humbling lesson in humility, don’t you think? After all, a lot of us can relate to that, learn and take it forward, be it by supporting our pregnant friends/family members or making a donation to help a complete stranger give birth to a beautiful baby safely.