In my effort to stay positive and remain grateful in the hopes it will change my outlook on life and starve off the depression, I watched a video about leprosy. How hideous leprosy is. Not only are you ravage and most likely will die by a disease, society casts you away and cries “leper”. Forever banished.
A strategy to stay positive and remain grateful and starve off the depression is to see that other people have (or had) a more difficult life experience than what I am having (or had). I would say the people who were banished to Kalaupapa qualify. This strategy is an effort to understand (and move past) these recent events in my life are really lame when compared to others who have actually lost something valuable, like their health or life, and I have no reason to be so down and depressed over that which has occurred in my life.
If I ever traveled to Hawaii I would spend minimal time on the beach. Rather, I would seek out the volcanoes and this leper colony. Witnessing the earth spit lava is on the bucket list, but I would also like to pay homage to those who were exiled by a disease they didn’t ask to be inflicted with. They had it worse than I ever have (or had).
I realize the photo below is not associated with the Kalaupapa leper colony. Hopefully it is not in bad taste but I don’t have an original photo of anything associated with leprosy and do not want to cut and paste a photo from another source. Other than reading Bible verses about leprosy and the occasional other source I have absolutely zero experience with the disease. Thankfully, Hansen’s disease (leprosy) is treatable in our modern age. So, this blog might as well end on a positive note with a photo of a whimsical sculpture.