An open letter to Jules Bianchi


Dear Jules!
You don’t know me and at this moment, you don’t know much about anything. On the 5th of this month, you had a terrible accident in the F1 race in Japan. I didn’t watch the race since I’m not into that anymore. But news like this is difficult to ignore. It’s at least 20 years since any driver had died so this is just horrible. It’s Formula One and it’s suppose to be safer today.
The weather was really bad. Your fellow driver Adrian Sutil drove off and the crane came to pick his car up. There were 2 yellow flags which means other drivers should drive carefully past the place. They were outside the race track so no one had a thought something would happen. But it did.

For you, the crane were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Your speed were really fast. It’s only you who knows why. But you can’t answer. You’re still at the hospital in Japan with a very bad head injury. You’re in a breathing machine, fighting for your life. No one knows if you’ll survive. No one wants to think for the worst. Even for those who didn’t know about you before this, are worried. You’re just too young to die. You’re only 25 and has a lot to explore. It’s your family that will suffer the most. They don’t want to lose you. They’ve been by your bedside over a week now. It’s not only them that feel sad. Your team Marussia, your fellow drivers, the fans of the motor sport and me.

Like I said, I don’t know you. I haven’t followed your career nor have I seen you race in F1 that much. But still it feels like I’ve known you even if I don’t. I must admit, I didn’t even know how you looked like. Until now, that is. I’ve only heard your name when there were rumours about you and Ferrari. I didn’t even know you’re French. It’s your surname that got me fooled, Bianchi. But now I know better. I feel a little guilty for not knowing about you before this horrible accident. Formula One was part of my life for almost 13 years and even if I don’t watch the races anymore, I still keep up with the news. So you understand, your accident really had an effect on me. There’s been a lot of deaths in other motor sport but this series is closest to my heart. That’s one of the reasons I’m very sad this has happened. But I don’t want to lose hope.

So you see, Jules Bianchi. The whole motor sport world (at least F1 world) are waiting for good news. So keep fighting and don’t give up. We’re all praying for you and your family to stay strong. We all want a miracle. You’re in our thoughts.

Forza Jules!

Yours Sincerely,

Mia from Finland

In the mind of a dolphin kidnapper

I’m a fisherman from Taiji in Japan. My whole life is about fishing. It’s my livelihood. Without it, I can’t support my family. There are no other options then fishing. Since there’s not much money involved in fishing fish, I hunt white-sided dolphins and smaller whales. It’s part of our culture. It’s been in our generation for decades. It brings a lot of money to the families and to the the country. We toss the dolphins into skiffs. They weight about 400 lbs so it takes a few of us to toss them into smaller ones. Part of our captures are sold to marine parks for entertainment purposes and other part for food to different restaurants. Some people sees us as barbarians but for us it’s just natural. Animals are killed everyday for food so why not us. It’s just part of our job. Some of the dolphins can get hurt but that’s something we can’t avoid. When the day is over, I get home to my family with a good conscience.

That was the part of this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge Being a fan of dolphins, it really saddens me what they are doing in Taiji. So what if it’s part of Japanese culture. This is 21st century, not the dark ages. Who knows what they’re really thinking. If not at all. It’s all about greed and money.