I knew this would happen. We all knew it would. They tried. They really did try to warn us, but we were too selfish to listen, weren’t we? There was too much fun to be had, too much to miss out on. And what difference could it make either way? So we did nothing. We didn’t do a single thing to prevent what we knew would be our doom. 

To say I feel ashamed is an understatement. That’s almost the worst thing, to always have this on my conscience, knowing that I didn’t even attempt to change. I can now see how frustrating it must have been for those who cared, those who fought and sacrificed while we continued as usual. The people who made changes they didn’t want to make. I wish I had too. Not only did we not change, we claimed it was our right to remain the same. That it was our right to keep eating meat, to travel, to shop and to do whatever was most convenient. Unfortunately, there was no option, but we just didn’t notice. And now it’s too late.

Most of us didn’t think it would affect us, but sure enough, it did. First came the flooding, the wicked amounts of rain that fell from the sky like bullets, washing away everything in its path. Then the animals started dying at an extreme rate and now, the thick chemicals in the air. It is hard to breathe, the smog so heavy you can’t see the other side of the street. And well, you can’t say we didn’t deserve it.

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
7 months ago

After reading your story Tilda, I imagined myself as the protagonist and all I could feel was despair that I hadn’t listened or did anything to change the outcome. I would hate to be in that position when it is all too late and experiencing so much guilt. Knowing that this could be someone’s future is so very sad. I really enjoyed your writing style, giving us the hard cold facts without any sentimentality. I hope to read more from you.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

This story is great advice and a reminder for the good of us all and the world. I love it. Keep on writing, Tilda.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate (@thompson-emate)
7 months ago

A very nice story, Tilda. It’s good we heed to the warning and take necessary actions. I most especially like the line,’…rain that fell from the sky like bullets’. Well done.

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