This is an open letter written from the 1% of the 10% (out of the 90% who sustained horrific damage from the Great Flood of 2016).
We feel guilty that we are still able to live in our homes. Some of us received very little damage or no damage compared to the majority in our communities.
We feel guilty that we're able to sleep in our own beds.
We feel guilty that maybe we haven't helped enough people out.
We feel guilty for complaining about wet floors, when most have lost their entire lives.
We feel guilty for being spared.
We feel guilty for feeling blessed.
Our emotions are a roller-coaster.
We're afraid to say the wrong words to those who have lost everything.
We have nothing to say when someone tells us that we are fortunate that we didn't lose everything.
In one sense, we don't feel like a victim, but our lives have been turned upside down too, just in different ways.
It has helped many of teach very important life lessons to our children. We will always be grateful to the 90%.
No one could have predicted this horrific event, no one could've prevented it.
But it has taught us, that as a community, we can come together to build each other up, while rebuilding our lives.
God bless you all!