Sometimes, we have automatic emotional responses towards the injustices of the world. Most times, we “feel” a certain way, because we’re “supposed” to. But how often do you honestly relate to those automatically generated feelings?
I have often seen pictures of needy, sick, underserved, and underprivileged children in my Facebook feed and I feel sympathy and remorse. But I usually scroll past them. Most of us are guilty of this and it’s not because we don’t care. It’s merely because most of us can’t relate to that emotional weight.
When my wife gave birth to our daughter Charlotte, my heart was instantly teeming with love for her. I understood all the Hollywood and cultural clichés and recognized why humans go as far as they do for their children. I also learned what true innocence is.
I see Charlotte healthy, happy, and growing stronger and smarter every day. At this age, she is uncorrupted by the world around her and it brings me more joy than I have ever felt in my entire life. Despite knowing full well of the struggles ahead for Charlotte (and any child brought into the world),I do everything in my power to make sure she is provided for and protected by taking better care of my health,securing things like life insurance, and spending as much time as possible with my family.
I understood all the Hollywood and cultural clichés and recognized why humans go as far as they do for their children. I also learned what true innocence is.
Now, when those photos of in-need children turn up in my Facebook feed, I think of Charlotte and what could happen at any given moment. I realize that sometimes, no amount of effort, strength, or wisdom will be able to fully provide for and protect my dear Charlotte. I could fully feel the weight of emotions that parents go through when their children’s well-being is compromised or beyond their control.
I’m very fortunate to be in the position I’m in today and I’ve decided to not only help to raise money but also spread awareness of the amazing work being done at St Jude’s with two of my passions — music and food.
Candiria Gets Cook’D is an event on May 21 that combines my love of heavy music with my abilities as a professional chef. I hope through this event I can help people understand the value in what St Jude Children’s Hospital does and assist them in their work for future generations.
Tickets to the event can be found here: http://candiriacharityevent.brownpapertickets.com/