I hate feeling helpless. I despise the feeling of being unable to help or do anything about what’s going on in the world around me. It makes me angry in a way I can’t describe. I’m feeling very helpless right now. As I said, I’m from Joplin. My home town was gutted, my friends are homeless, people I love and care for with every shred of my being need help. Where am I though? I’m in Waco Texas, taking a summer school class. I’m hundreds of miles away. I am helpless.
So, what do I do? I watch Facebook and Twitter. I make phone calls and watch the news. I’ve gathered all the information I can. My family is alive, my friends are all alive. But many many more are not and need help. So, what do I do? What can I do? Pray? I am a Christian, but I don’t believe in just trying to pray your problems away. I have faith that it helps but I still feel very ineffectual when that’s all I can do. So, I pose this question one more time. What can I do? What can I do to drive back this terror that has fallen on my home, onto the people I love. What can I do, right now, to strike back at it…nothing. Right now, I can do nothing but pray and hope.
But, I can play games.
I can play games. Games where I can take a stand against the darkness. I can stand between the people I care about and certain disaster. I can stare it in the eye, spit in its face and dare it to take one step closer. I can fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. I can lift people up when they falter. I can destroy that which has hurt the people I care about. I can save people. I can fight back. I can protect. I can help. I am not helpless here.
And then I log off.
I log off and the world hasn’t changed. There’s still nothing I can do now. But I do not feel helpless. I’m biding my time. I’m waiting until I can come home. And when I do, I will fight back. I will help.
I am far from helpless.