I walked into curves with the bladder cancer pamphlets firmly tucked in my arms.Bladder cancer is the third most recurring cancer in the US and is rarely known to people, especially women , who tend to ignore the basic symptoms. Feeling good that I am trying to spread awareness and having already obtained permission from the manager, I promptly handed the pamphlets to one of the coordinators.One of the other workers, who had no clue about this, asked me about the pamphlets. On hearing it was about cancer,she said,”Oh! cancer is so depressing. Why do you want to put up such pamphlets. Nowadays, you hear about cancer everywhere”.On a further note, finding it was about bladder cancer,she said,”What is bladder cancer, girl?. No..I dont want to hear about it. I am sure it will be something depressing”.I came home , quite upset, my mood being set by the above statements, wondering when people would change. Some friends visited us that night .We were discussing about the movie Kandahar, a reality movie,which shows people struggling in Afghanisthan for things that we take for granted. We decided to watch some other movie as Kandahar is too depressing to watch and will not lighten up the mood. I was wondering how the lady , who is shown suffering in that movie ,would feel listening to us call the movie depressing.I woke up the next morning, everything forgotten, opened google news only to find out about the raging war in Lebanon. “Oh no ! one more war. Man..these wars are too depressing.”….
And yet, Life goes on….