Survival: the state or fact of continuing to live or exist especially in spite of difficult conditions; something from an earlier period that still exists or is done.
A very long time ago I would say the state of “survival” was very physical, it was basic in form, survival of the fittest. Danger was an outside entity, hunt or be hunted.
Today, surrounded with all the creature comforts of the first world, I think survival is more mental and sometimes this battle is more difficult than the physical one of long ago and unfortunately, there are no physical scares to prove a battle was ever fought and won.
When I think of “survival” in today’s society. I think of the complexity of problems both physical and mental that we now face, that we all hope to survive. With all the advances made in science and technology, when we are threatened, it is the people closest to us that we turn to for strength, to help us…well survive.
It doesn’t matter what is being faced that needs surviving, what does matter is that the person going through it feels they are not alone. It may be a journey that only they can take, but I will do my best…..to be present when they need me, to offer support and to help in any way they need me to, to make sure that they “survive”.
That is why, I think the work of the YW is so important. Each day, our staff help make that journey a little easier, helping our clients to know that they are not alone. Sometimes looking to “survive” in today’s society, is knowing you don’t have to do it alone.