Today, I am what is considered as "demobilizing" from FEMA. I have heard the word a hundred times in the last 45 days, and I've heard it before while growing up, but this morning I actually looked up the definition of the word. Demobilizing is the process of standing down a nation's armed forces from combat-ready status. This may be as a result of victory in war, or because a crisis has been peacefully resolved and military force will not be necessary.
I'm frustrated because I see the suffering across the world, and I'm saddened because I see such beauty and yet we are all so conflicted. And having no power and no running water, a life which at one point you had and now it's been stripped from you, it's, well, it is.
People are beginning to vacation on the island again, and that's good, for the local economy. But witnessing the juxtapositions of so many types of people here, their "purpose," is sometimes unnerving. From FEMA to vacationers to politicians to locals with power and water to locals without running water or power.
I fear power won't come back for months to come and it's becoming a toll. You can see it in the eyes.
Kids still not in school; families having to relocate because it's been two months without power or water; humans waking up to another deal falling through.
The honest truth is, the mainland never cared about Puerto Rico, and these disasters simply opened the Pandora's box to what has been happening in Puerto Rico. What has been happening to our nation as a whole. It's been there all along, but what really worries is me is yes, we are aware now, but then what? Power and running water won't fix people's lives here where we never cared about them pre-disaster. Yes, meeting basic needs will help, but it's been years of not caring.
So, demobilizing to me is inaccurate because the crisis hasn't been peacefully resolved, the war hasn't been "won." Because this isn't a war zone, this is a home, and the roof of the box has been blown open. An enigma, where the only answer to this riddle is, to start giving a shit and act.
You can take the girl out of Malaysia, but you can’t take Malaysia out of the girl.
I learned today that Jeju is twice the size of Singapore! Severely misjudged the size of this island. Somehow imagined it would be Langkawi or Pangkor-esque 😂. The more you know.
Also, got my next adventure planned! Going to be attending Zoukout with @rbg.93 next month. Anybody else attending?? Let me know! 🤗