Ulog: Rest in Peace Sharon - A fighter who lived relying STEEM
In the last 2 years if you have seen a particular account owner, who would do whatever it takes to survive relying on cryptocurrency, particularly the STEEM coin, would know @fitinfun
She has Chutzpah (never say “no”) spirit in her even though she’s Canadian, and even though I didn’t get to talk to her often, some of us (including @bitrocker2020 and @khimgoh) in #teammalaysia would have known her more on a personal level; especially @jadeline and @happycrazycon .
She may not be the saint or an angel most of the time, but I can always say that she’s always an outspoken person for the minnows who like her, live on STEEM and very dependent on cryptocurrency in order to exchange into fiat to survive.
I speak a lot on STEEM because she never really experience the benefits of HIVE; when the Hard Fork happened, she was already battling her life with her frail body in the hospital.
If you have remembered, she actually asked the STEEM community to help her to gather enough funds for almost USD $1500 for her medical bills (and other payments) in case she recovers from it. Now we have no idea what happens next as we patiently waits for the communication between Kuala Lumpur General Hospital with the Canadian Embassy, while at the same time, hoping to locate her some (who she speaks so much about) or any other next of kin.
Her last active on the account was about 17 days ago; before the fork happened.
As I continue to write this remembering her fighting spirit, this truly has got me thinking a lot on the last 4 days how the HIVE supporters have been behaving in the Steemit platform: What our main reason to fork from the now centralized chain, the crypto that Sharon loved so much, the peer-to-peer exchange that truly helped her through for almost 2 years while she’s being so active on the Steem blockchain.
@justinsunsteemit aka @steemit, this entire platform, the Steemit.com is your private property now. I know how that feels when people through trash and poop into your front yard. But there’s just a few bad apples. Now is the time where the acid test begins, the rubber meets the road; to see whether you are what you say you are, and I personally will watch from afar how you will either build this blockchain to a newer level; or behave hastily and trash it into another shitcoin (so to speak).
There are real people like Sharon who relied on crypto’s bullish in order to survive, who does not have anything else except their creative writing skills / content creation to feed on. I believe some of them are still here fighting for survival. Let’s see if Steemit alone can further bridging those who could afford to buy STEEM and those who need real assistance with their creativity and STEEM earned.
Everyone has an opportunity to see how STEEM can be a benefit holistically, instead of “what is it in for me” waiting for others toil without sleep to create something for the benefit of everyone.
True I know not everyone is a developer; but in #teammalaysia for the last (almost) 3 years we used steem to strengthen relationship, trust within one another; helping one another especially in charity sector with our own given talent. We stepped out of our comfort zone to help people like Sharon, though to some may have said she ripped off some community members in order to survive; but it strengthen our humanity in some ways.
I personally am not sure how STEEM will end up and where it will go, but I hope this place I once much loved now becoming more of a centralized chain. Would at least concentrate on what is important, instead of throwing busy censoring the wrong contents / authors and delegating to those who could potentially just wreck the this coin and blockchain that once fueled a vibrant community.
Lastly, my thoughts and prayers for Sharon’s family, wherever they are, I pray that they are still alive and well and that the Embassy will be able to contact them to know about her passing.
Peace to you all.
A technology can come and go; but when a lifestyle is applied to it, it becomes a new revolution.
This post will 99% be donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank to gather funds to help the stranded under privileged families and refugees in Kuala Lumpur during its lockdown (hopefully) until 14 April.