Updated: Sep 28
I did not know much about Pompeii. I had heard about it; maybe even read a little bit but for some reason the details did not register in my mind. Today, I was intrigued by a video that was recommended to me by YouTube.
YouTube recommendations are so strange--I have received recommendations about Rashiben and her “khaali cooker”; about Joey, an orphaned otter who is being cared for by some nice people at an aquatic center in Canada. Watching Joey fills my heart with so much joy and warmth. Then today, I was recommended a video about Pompeii.
Let me tell you, I am not complaining about any of these recommendations. I have had a good time watching all the above-mentioned videos, including laughing out loud over Rashiben’s video. I just wonder how the recommendations work, because sometimes they are just so random.
I am glad about today’s recommendation, though. The result of which is this piece which is coming to you after months! I apologize if you were looking forward to reading from me.
So, the video that I watched is an animated one that tries to recreate what happened at Pompeii on that fateful day centuries ago. I will leave a link to the video at the end of this piece. Anyone interested can watch it. It leaves you with quite an eerie feeling.
For those who do not know about Pompeii and what happened to it, let me give you a brief description. Pompeii was a thriving city many centuries ago (I say, “many centuries ago” because I do not know the exact period. I do not want to spread wrong information!) It was a coastal area located near Italy and was known to be a tourist attraction for the rich and mighty. A busy city full of life, it had people moving within and without all the time.
However, Pompeii was nestling close to a ticking bomb. The strange part? Everyone knew about it. Still, they chose to stay and live.
Pompeii was situated close to Mount Vesuvius, a volcano which had erupted numerous times before. Remaining true to its characteristic, Vesuvius erupted again. This time, it buried the whole city of Pompeii under its ashes. Some say, it happened in the August of 79 AD while some say October. No matter the time or date, the tragedy did occur. Within a matter of hours, a city that was bustling with life had nothing left that could prove of its existence.
Life had come to a standstill for those who made it out alive; and for those who did not, life had ended.
But, that is not the end of Pompeii.
Decades later, a group of explorers out looking for ancient artifacts began to dig around the area and found Pompeii. The city was intact underneath all that dust!
Isn’t nature so ironic? The ashes that destroyed an entire city also preserved it for people to discover decades later. Nature destroys and it protects; it preserves what it has destroyed. That is incomprehensible!
The story (for the lack of a better word) of Pompeii is truly a sad one. It epitomizes loss.
Although, that is not what I want to focus on today.
As I watched the video and read a little more about Pompeii today, it got me thinking. I felt that, in some ways, we are all Pompeii. We are all buried deep under many things that are not allowing us to surface and live the life we are supposed to be living.
I, for one, am struggling with many evils in my life. Inconsistency, procrastination, and laziness are on top of the list. You will know as this write up is coming to you after months! It is out there and very evident.
I read this hard-hitting quote by Bishop Rosie O'Neal on procrastination very recently. I will add it here for all of us to just read and reflect on.
Procrastination is the arrogant assumption that God owes you another chance to do tomorrow what he gave you the chance to do today.
Like for me, there might be things; bad habits, negative beliefs, lack of faith, stress, and fear, just to name a few; burying you from living life to the fullest. The pandemic situation may only be adding to the list. I know it because I am there as well.
Sadly, unlike the ashes of Mount Vesuvius, these things will not preserve us. They will only destroy and break us the longer we choose to remain under them.
Like Pompeii, we should resurface. We must, however, acknowledge the fact that we cannot do it alone. We will need help just like Pompeii needed those explorers.
Take all the help you will need--from people, books, podcasts, music, and even yourself. Just make sure, you do not remain buried.
May we all find the courage to resurface like Pompeii!
Here is the link to the video I watched on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY_3ggKg0Bc&ab_channel=ZEROONE
This is the further reading I did about Pompeii: https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/pompeii
Also, the song that runs in my mind every time I hear the word, “Pompeii”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m326LNIRB3k&ab_channel=YlovesMUSIC. Must be true for many others. It is a nice song.
Today, Pompeii is a World Heritage Site. People from all around the globe visit the city that was once buried under ashes but now stands strong as a testament of its glory days!