Living in a country with no wars, industrialism and nice infrastructure sure makes your lifestyle very narrow minded. Usually people don’t look beyond their own borders to see what the lifestyles of others are, and we sometimes even wrinkle our noses when we see a homeless person on the street asking for some money to buy food. The world isn’t fair, and I think pretty much all of us have felt that way at least one time in our lives. But it is when you see kids who haven’t done anything wrong put in the crossfire of greedy presidents, kings and world leaders that it really gets sad. They never asked to be involved, and they never asked to be born into such a chaotic situation.
I know the world can’t be just one big happy place for everyone to prosper and live by the most prefect rules. As long as there is something called greed in the world, unfortunately, we’re going to have to adapt and keep working to make the world a better and more pleasurable place to live. But what about all the lifestyles that we never get exposed to? Do we even know what the children living in different parts of the world experience everyday?
A Lebanese photographer named Rania Matar took her camera and traveled the world to capture different lifestyles of girls between the ages of 12-20. The result is a truly mesmerizing series of photos that will have you amazed and surprised. The wealth of differences in the way we live is more than insane. The girls’ rooms vary from upper class to pure depression. When I see some of these rooms, I can’t stop thinking about how these girls must feel watching all the television shows that are from the U.S. or any other country with a high economy.
Not only must it be a dream that must feel unobtainable, but it must also remind them of what they don’t have, which must be hard to accept. This must especially be true when you aren’t yet old enough to make your own decisions about your lifestyle. Remember, when you give money to charity, always have these images in your mind because even though a lot of charitable organizations do shady things, there are still ones that really do good. Giving money to these organizations, the ones that are good of course, might one day change the lives of some of these girls and help them become doctors who save lives, Nobel prize winners curing incurable diseases or even gentle world leaders. Wouldn’t that $10 be worth it then?