Puerto Rico has been under the radar lately, for many reasons. Most news have been about our enormous debt, which is alarming and leaves us in a state of limbo. But one thing that I find more alarming is our issue with water. Since May of this year, some of Puerto Rico’s cities have been declared in a state of drought, which has expanded to most of PR now. We’re in a critical state in most cities now and our water supply is decreasing very quickly. My city entered a water rationing regulation last month. Basically, we have water 24 hours, and then we don’t have water for 24 hours. For example: on Monday we have water from 9 am and then on Tuesday the water supply gets cut off at 9 am, and so on and so forth.
It’s an extremely frustrating thing to be going through. I blame the government’s poor planning and infrastructure. Along with people who take our natural resources for granted, thinking they’re unlimited.
I’ve been mindful of conserving resources, although I do take them for granted sometimes, but this situation has made me appreciate the privilege of us having water so much more. Not just that, but it also makes me feel guilty that we do abuse our consumption most of the time. I just hope that people can be aware of this, conserve and protect water. It may seem like it’s endless, but it’s not. And usually, you won’t realize it until you find yourself in a situation where you don’t have it accessible or having it at all.
Can you imagine leaving a polluted, dirty, low natural resource planet to future generations? It’s already happening. I would hate for my children, grandchildren and future generations to not be able to enjoy a beautiful planet with fresh air, clean surroundings and just… nature. I want them to experience that, and protect it.
This time of year is a time to be thankful for the people who are in your life, the opportunities you receive and other things you consider important. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, a day to be appreciative and spend it with family (for those who celebrate it, of course).
I made a list last year of things that had happened during the year that made me feel appreciative. I decided to continue the tradition and share the things I’m thankful for this year.
- Family: I’ve always been a family-oriented person and I appreciate all the sacrifices they’ve had to make to achieve and get better things for me and my sister. Things aren’t always easy, but I know that I can always count on them.
- My dogs: Without my three furry friends, I don’t know what I would do. They make me smile every day and instantly cheer me up whenever I have a bad day.
- My fiancé: My very-soon-to-be husband (in less than a month) is the most important person in my life and I am so thankful that I got to meet such an amazing person. I can’t imagine sharing my life with someone else and I’m so glad that I will embark on a new journey with him as husband and wife.
- Self-Improvement: This year’s focus has been to reinvent myself and find new methods to deal with my anxiety. I choose not to let anxiety rule my life and make it unbearable. I’ve found new and have re-discovered some hobbies that definitely help me stay calm and focused. By setting a goal of becoming a better version of myself every day, it becomes a challenge I welcome with enthusiasm. It’s not only about my mental health, it’s everything. Mind, body and soul.
- Future Endeavors: There are several exciting things planned for 2015 and it’s my mission for them to be successful.
I am going to take the time and enjoy Thanksgiving with my family and forget about all the commercial overload stores are manipulating us with, like Black Friday deals and such. Where people stop spending time with family just so they can camp out at their favorite store hours and hours before and get deal.
Hope everybody has a great day tomorrow! What are your plans?