For the past week my blog has been sat here feeling rather unloved. I haven't written a single word, let alone logged in. I've just felt that I haven't had the words, that what's going on in my head has taken over. I've just posted the things I had already written. I haven't wanted to write about the things I normally do because talking about food and clothes and all of the material things that I want has felt so selfish. Instead I've felt pretty overcome by all of the news about Syria, sad that I've brought my little boy into a world that is filled with so much sadness and horror.
Unless you've lived under a rock you'll be aware of what's going on right now. If I'm totally honest though, I've been burying my head in the sand and avoiding as much news as I can. Say whatever you want about that, but I just haven't wanted to know. I've looked away from photos of that poor boy, as I don't think my heart can handle it. That could have been my son had we been born into a different life.
I've actively avoided reading tweets or comments about it after reading one too many opinions that I don't share. Everyone can have their own thoughts on the matter, but I find it so hard to understand when people don't want to help others. We are all human, we all live on this earth, and I believe that we have a duty to help each other. I truly think that we should treat people the way we would want to be treated if we were in their position.
But just because I've avoided it doesn't mean I haven't tried to help in the small ways I can. If you want to you can text 70008 to donate £5 to Children's Syria Appeal - a charity you may have heard of through the massive campaign on social media this week. You could donate to other charities, or give items which can be shipped to those in need. There are many drop off points across the country, so have a look here to see if there are any near you. There are so many ways to help.
And for me, I'm going to write again because I don't want to stop appreciating the life I lead. I'm going to hold my son's hand a little tighter, and hug him a little closer. I'm going to try and do what I can to help others, both those far away and those closer to home. And I'm going to continue to hope that the world my little boy will see will be a better than the one we live in now.