11 Aug 2011

highs and lows

Sorry for a lack of posts in the past five days. I've been busy and also saddened by the recent news of riots in the city I love (London).

So, the let's start with the lows.

The Riots

I just don't understand how people can destroy the city they live in. They have destroyed other (hard working) peoples' lives, destroyed a place they once knew so well and have also caused so much hatred towards themselves.

I mention the last point because there have been rioters who have given the excuse that they 'dislike the treatment towards them by the police in the past' or 'they want to show the rich people a point'. Now, I don't know about you but for me, I don't think this recent behaviour will cause their treatment from the police to improve; nor do I think that it has proven a point to rich people (that 'poorer' people can also get what they want or whatever point they are trying to get across). In fact, I think it gives the 'richer' a poorer opinion of the people who gain their taxes in the form of benefits! Bet they didn't think of that when they were stealing and drinking their looted rose wine!

And in Birmingham, the three poor souls killed who were knocked down by a car. R.I.P. I hope the people who are looting and 'rioting' are happy with all the misery they have caused. And to note that they are mostly (if not all), 'youths'. I have never been more ashamed of being a young person and it makes me detest the fact that I am in this generation of 'youths'! Doing things like this as 'there is nothing else to do' or because they 'are finding it hard to get a job'; well, I'm sorry but we are all in the same boat - young people or not. Nothing else to do? Go read a book or learn a new language! Hard time finding a job? Well, everyone has to start somewhere. All too often, I hear of people who have no qualifications moaning about the fact that they cannot find a job. Well, have you ever thought that you are setting your standards too high; with your lack of experience and qualifications? I'm not saying everyone is like that, but I do personally know of a few who are!

Anyway, enough about the riots. I could go on forever but overall, I have mixed emotions of it. Sadness, anger and frustration. Sadness as they are destroying their own cities; anger because of the lack of reasoning for this mindless violence and finally, frustration to be part of this 'youth' generation.

Moving onto the happiness now. Now, as some of you may (or may not) know, I've been doing work experience in a hospital for the summer and will do until mid September. I've mainly been in the obstetrics and gynaecology department and I have enjoyed it thus far.

But to cap it off (definitely the best day of my life so far) was being able to stand in theatre while a caesarean section was being performed! Having watched close to twenty surgeries so far, I have to say this one was the best. Watching them on the television or on Youtube just isn't the same.

And when the baby started crying in its cot, I found myself choking back tears - tears of joy and happiness that is! I didn't know the couple who were the baby's parents but watching a birth (my first time watching a birth in real life - watching One Born Every Minute just isn't the same!) was overwhelming in terms of emotions.

All in all, it's been a bittersweet week. Watching a birth on Monday to hearing about the riots when I came home from a long (but excellent) day at the hospital gave me mixed feelings.

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