There is a photo that has been haunting me all day.
Another haunting thing is the huge power bill we got yesterday.
This has been the most expensive power-month in the history of Norway. It has never been more expensive—ever, ever. The reason: It has been very, very cold, and the power companies accidentally sold a lot of electricity to Germany and other countries last summer. Now there is not enough for us. They claim they forgot that we would have a winter. The consequence for me: We got the most expensive power bill in the history of Gumaers. 939 USD to be exact. 5500 NKr to be exact. And that was with no heaters on at night and hardly none during the day. Must be the showers every other day. (Is this too much personal information? Sorry. I shower after every workout, just to get that straight. Some times that is every day. Over-sharing? Over-sharing.)
I had a “my-body-suddenly-feel-numb”-moment. That is a lot of money that I rather spend on other stuff. Or rather: That is a lot of money that I have to find somewhere. I thought a lot about eating bread and butter and drinking water for a month.
Until I got this picture in my inbox today:
It put things in perspective. It made the power bill seem small. What you see on this photo are people who have just fled from the Burma Army. And they are eating rice that Partners gave them. As far as I know, they are still hiding. Then there is the prosthetic. The man on the photo walks on: A piece of bamboo with a woven something and a big rock on the end. That is how he gets through the jungle with soldiers chasing him. The reason he lost his leg in the first place is of course because he stepped on a landmine the soldiers hid on the ground.
It’s an expensive power bill, but we can pay it. It’s an expensive power bill, but we have two healthy legs each. It’s an expensive power bill, but we have a bed to sleep in. It’s an expensive power bill, but we will have dinner every day. It’s an expensive power bill, but we have power. An expensive power bill is a small price to pay for the freedom of living in a country abundant with privileges such as the privilege of turning on a light when it is dark.