What a f***ing awful birthday
I wake up on my birthday to hear that thousands have died back in Asia. Both Ravi and I have family out there. And it seems we all know someone who is holidaying out there right now. My sister had just flown out on Christmas day. Molko had just headed out there too. They are all okay but we got the inevitable bad news. My uncle had been travelling down to the coast with his two kids when his train had been hit by a wave and was dragged into the sea. All passengers were presumed dead. A day later we hear back that his carriage had got stuck on a hill after rolling over 4 times. It prevented them from drowning. It was the only carriage that got stuck. The others were not so lucky.
Even a Buddhist will turn towards God
My female cousin was going to drive to the same hotel on the coast as she does every month or so. Her father had told not to due to the flu epidemic down there, so she reluctantly cancelled her plans. Now, the hotel is no more and the family who owned it are dead.
Most of us couldn't comprehend what it would be like to lose EVERYTHING we have. House, clothes, and maybe even loved ones. There are a million in Sri Lanka alone who have.
Life is a crazy thing. Unlike the Twin Towers, this time however, we have no one to blame. Mother nature giveth, mother nature taketh away. We will always be at her mercy and I guess this kinda thing puts things in perpective. I still remember how we were meant to fly out on Sept 10th to Manhattan, but we had to put it back to the 12th, to finish the video to Moodswings. It seems as clear as yesterday watching the second plane crash live on tv.
I still don't understand why the govts further from the epicentre weren't warned. Especially in this day & age where satellites watch every move. I guess not much could have been done to prevent it, but it restores my faith in human nature the way the world has rallied to help. You'd imagine it'd be easy to be detached from all this millions of miles away, especially if no one you know is involved. But this hasn't been the case.... in the immediate short term at least. We'll have to see how long they care though.
Our thoughts are with everyone in Asia right now.