You probably think of me as very weird for taking a picture of this cup, but you’ll know why after I explain it’s significance.
So this morning I wake up, eat breakfast and prepare for a day of sleeping by sleeping (as you do). I soon found myself bored out my mind as my on-off relationship with sleep continued, so I decided to get dressed and get some fresh air.
Now bear in mind how miserable British weather is, and winter wasn’t calling in any favours today, in fact it was cold with the sun’s glare baiting you in only to trap you in an everlasting sense of freezing terror.
After walking around the city centre I came across some homeless people, now me feeling a little disheartened to see people out in the cold like this I decided to get them something to drink, some coffee to warm them up, not the best but it was something I suppose, I went about my day with them in the back of my mind.
It’s sad that I was wearing shoes probably worth more (£50) than their entire set of clothes, not to mention my jacket which is a further £45 in the bank listening to music on my £160 phone on a £30 pair of headphones, all that excluding the rest of my clothes, and sure I may have had to save up it doesn’t mean that I have been materialistic enough to not value what I already had. As sure I don’t have the latest, swanky phone model but hey I have one right? I have a roof over my head and a comfy bed, and still there are stages where I’ve not felt like that was enough. I felt sickened and guilty when I was face to face with a man who lit up at the sight of a cheap cup of coffee…
Later on I did what I often do which was to give my food to a man and his dog to savour. Their source of food is much less guaranteed than mine and it’s important to “Love thy neighbour” whatever religious or ethnic background you come from.
All in all I think I had a pretty productive day don’t you think?
I hate the idea that homeless people are supposedly violent, nasty and selfish people, most of the time far from it, their selfishness is understandable as they are practically fighting for survival on a daily basis, homeless people can be really nice, you just have to look beyond the worn clothing and the washed out faces.
We all are blessed with the gift of life, and sure while we wish we could have more, it’d be nice to spare a thought for those who aren’t as blessed as you!
Think back to that empty cup of coffee and remember that one day you might find yourself far from the central heating and Saturday night TV.