It has been a year since my beautiful city turned into ashes. Thousands of people died with the flames that engulfed and burned millions of hectares of land, houses, cars and much more.
I still remember that night. The flames were so far away from me but in less than an hour they were already inside of the city. I had difficulties on breathing and saw the flames in less than 200 meters from me. I got scared for me and for my family but had to preserve my calm to not make everyone desperate in home. Me, a person with anxiety and depressing issues... I have to admit I'm really surprised with myself and how I dealt with the situation, though in the bottom I was worried, thinking many times: "Am I gonna die?"
The city was covered in smoke and it was a tough night to sleep... We were constantly hearing people screaming and gas cylinders exploding that were able to shake the ground and windows... We didn't had lights and the candles were scarce, plus the cellphone batteries were low in energy. Fortunately I hadn't got hit by it thanks to people who fought outside but, however, in the next day, everything was destroyed. The green lands turned dark and the surroundings empty. The burnt smell was what was left and it was by then the news started to come, the number of deaths and the damages caused by the flames. We had no way of having contact possibilities through telecommunications so we didn't know nothing about our family members nor others could know about us.
Now, after a year, it came the Leslie hurricane that left another trail of destruction (this past weekend), the first one and a rare case in my country of this level ever registered, so sometimes I stop to think: "Why getting angry by superficial situations?", "Why vengeance?", "Why constant fights with those around us?". Yes, we're humans and we can't control these feelings most of the times, but if we look back at some important moments, in no time we turn into nothing, frail beings who can't fight against anything. Today I'm alive, but what about tomorrow? - Right?
Thank you for all the support in this another moment, don't worry because in my place wasn't that serious as last year with the flames that were seriously traumatizing which the recovery will never be possible neither to the land nor to us, victims. However, all these events make us think in many things... We think that it will never happen to us but to be honest, it happens because we're not better than the rest of the Earth. We're all human beings riding in the street on the same level of importance in this world.