Today I want to talk about something that I know a lot of people have spoken about before, but I think we all need a little reminder every once in a while. So often we’re caught up in our own troubles, we forget to do that little bit for humanity.
Just to give you a little context, I live in one of the worst boroughs in London, it’s not a very safe place, with shoplifters, pickpockets and beggars (who aren’t really homeless). However, there are some genuine people who can’t afford their own homes, or even a bite to eat for the day, and they end up going hungry.
Recently, I had the chance to help out some of these people. Now it wasn’t much, but it was something, and I know for a fact that those people, I’ve helped, have at least something in their stomachs, to last them for a few hours. I would do more, but I don’t have the resources, nor the time, since I’m at work and I don’t have the luxury to set up charities or homes for these people. However, if I did, I probably would.
Do Me A Kindness – Give
So often people want money to make a better life for themselves, me I have this ambition to help people. I don’t actually want the money to buy the fanciest cars, or the most luxurious mansions. Don’t get me wrong, they are nice, but why would you have such luxuries, when you’re the only one enjoying them. Yes, you could have rich friends who could hang out with you all the time, or you could move your family in, but with such luxuries, everyone would be isolated from each other. You could be in the same room, but your minds would most likely be at the opposite ends of the earth.
As for me, a simple flat (apartment for my American friends) or a home would be fine enough. I’d have all the essentials, like a bed, bath, kitchen, living space (and maybe a garden, if I’m lucky). I wouldn’t need much else. Of course, if I want to stay healthy and fit, I would need a bit of space, or I could sign up to a gym. It’s not a big deal. Having a house with a pool, or a private spa, or recreation room, they’re all meaningless.
That is why, if you ask me, “if you had a million pounds/dollars/etc. what would you use it on?” I’d probably just give it away to charity, or use it to set the homeless up for a better life. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than knowing that I’m helping someone else, even if it’s something small like giving away my lunch, because someone else is hungry. It’s the same with presents. I don’t buy because I have to, or it’s a norm. I do it because it makes the person I’m giving to happy. Seeing their faces as they open that gift, to find something I know they’ll love is the best present for me. Hell! I’d buy presents on my birthday, to give to my friends, as a part of my celebration!
Ambitions And Its Reasons
Now, yes, ok I have my own selfish streak sometimes, I tend to buy expensive stuff for myself because I have that impulse, or I promise myself to buy that expensive gadget because I want to better my own life, but that doesn’t come as often as my ideas on how to help those that can’t help themselves.
I still work at a shop on the high street, and because it’s a poor area, I always take a glance around me, and imagine how I could help change it. If No Input and its productions are successful, I can imagine building my own studios on this high street, converting some of the shops to sound stages, and recording booths. I can imagine the cafes and bars could be where the actors, crew and admin staff could lounge about, when they’re waiting for their next call, or some of the apartments here could be used to set up the cast and crew, so that they wouldn’t have to travel too far, just to get to work, and all those homeless people who I see on the streets everyday, could come and work for me. They could run the shops that the cast and crew use when they’re on their breaks. They could sleep in those apartments, so they have somewhere to call home at the end of the day.
Of course, that would be the dream, but in reality, I know I probably won’t be able to run my own film production city. I don’t have the contacts, the money, the resources, or even the time to make it come true, but the kindness is still there. One day, I will be able to carry out that dream, or even just a little part of it. My ambition isn’t so much to make myself successful, it is to better the lives of others, and I think that’s the best kind of ambition to have.
Well, that’s all for today. I hope some of you feel the same way. So, it’s your turn. What are your ambitions of kindness? Have you ever been kind and humble? Leave your tips in the jar below, and we’ll see you soon!
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