What’s your excuse? By Jami

Two weeks ago, a monologue of everything I was thinking and feeling seemed to easily spill out onto a page. But this week, it seems like I can’t find the right words to describe how I’m feeling and what the readings are making me think about. The McKinnon article on Unsettling Resettlement however rang a bell somewhere in my head posing the question, “What’s your excuse?” In class last week as we finished up the end of the Lost Boys film, I had an epiphany as we watched each of the Lost Boy’s stories come to a close. As if I didn’t already have enough respect for all of them just by my initial brief knowledge of their stories. But actually watching from start to finish was amazing. What’s even more amazing is that the end of the documentary doesn’t mark their actual end. As the McKinnon article states, refugees are basically seen as objects living off government aid and it makes me so mad that this is the case! Just look at all the success and accomplishment the Lost Boys in the film made for themselves. Coming from an extremely unstable life, in a violent and unsafe country to resettle in a country that doesn’t even accept them as real people is something I personally think would tear me down. Where do they get all of their positive motivation from? This is what makes me ask, “What’s your excuse?” What excuses to people in the United States have for not making the most of their lives? We have endless opportunities to make a difference, yet there are so many Americans that choose to lay by the wayside and do absolutely nothing to better their lives or society for that matter. It just goes to show you how incredible the Lost Boys really are. If they haven’t proven to the world that they deserve some attention I don’t know what will. I guess my real thought ties back to all the complaining people do these days; myself included. The Lost Boys in the film who resettled here in the U.S. never complained once. They said it was hard, rightfully so, but they never once complained and never once gave up, yet so many well and able Americans give up at the drop of a hat and complain for more hours than there are in a day. The Lost Boys, and all refugees alike should be an inspiration to all of us, not just “objectified problems in need of fixing.” The next time we feel like giving up or feel sorry for ourselves, we need to think again. What’s your excuse? The answer is, there isn’t one.

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