I recently watched “Life In A Day” for the first time. For those who don’t know, it’s a documentary comprised of clips of people’s daily lives in over 190 countries. It is basically one big mash-up. What the documentary did so well was show the contrast between the lives of the people in the difference countries – the jobs, poverty, lifestyle, morals, etc.
Something that stuck with me after watching this video is that we are so unfamiliar with the way that other countries live – more specifically, those that are not as fortunate as us. I have a ten year old brother whose main concern throughout the day is whether or not he’s going to play with his friends, fight with my sister, or spend quality time with my Mom. Yet in this video they showed a boy around the same age as my brother going to work every single day to make money for his family by polishing shoes. His main worry was whether or not he was going to get enough customers that day in order to put food on the table for his family. I can not begin to imagine living like this. Yet, the boy seemed so happy…
That’s the next thing that stuck with me. I’ve noticed it at different times before, but it always amazes me…how happy the people are that have so little. That seem so unfortunate according to the American standard of living.
In my new remix proposal, I’d like to take a look at mix of two things. The contrast of poverty in different countries compared to our own. How much we take for granted every single day…but also, how happy and fulfilled some of these people are with their lifestyles. I think there is a huge lesson to be learned in that.