It takes a long time to walk from Hungary to Germany. It takes a lot of guts as well, and perseverance. But if your only options are to spend years of your life in a refugee camp or take a shot at a normal existence in Europe, then you put on your best pair of walking shoes and go.
Tammy Beckham has been watching stories about the refugee crisis on the news for the past few months now. As a professional event coordinator she can’t help but to wonder about the logistics of it all. How do you keep track of thousands of people? How do you find housing and jobs for them? How do you help them adjust to an entirely new culture? And in the case of the refugees, how do you go from a three bedroom house in the Middle East, to a tent pitched two feet away from other displaced families, to begging Western government officials to believe you when you try to reassure them that you’re not a terrorist or a criminal, but just someone who wants what everyone wants: a peaceful, stable, happy life for their family?
You have to be desperate to risk that journey, Tammy thinks. At the same time, you have to still have hope that a better life awaits you elsewhere. And to pull it off, you need to have the nerves of a thousand matadors combined.
Tammy then thinks about her own level of courage, or lack thereof. About the bravest thing she has ever done is suggest to a couple that they use silver table runners atop their yellow table cloths at their wedding reception. She then feels her face redden with embarrassment over how spineless she has been up until now, but she’s also grateful that someone has forced her to face it.
If tens of thousands of people can walk from Hungary to Germany with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing, then it’s about time she did something brave. There’s a rally tomorrow night to pressure her own government to do their part for the refugees and Tammy plans to be there, front and centre. It’s not the gutsiest thing anyone will ever do, but for Tammy it’s a start, and maybe, in the end, it will help mean a new start for a refugee.