Imagine all the people

#248: The next time you’re in a public place — a coffeehouse, a park, a store — observe the people around you. Pick a person, a couple, or a group, and imagine what their lives might be like.

Usually, I love a bit of people watching, but having witnessed something terrible this lunch time has really shook me up and I can’t focus on the most recent time I’ve ‘people-watched’ as such. So, as I was heading to Sainsbury’s (a local supermarket) a horrifying scene was catching everyones eye. There was someone lying in the road with a group of people surrounding him. I physically stopped in my tracks in shock. You hear about people being knocked off their bike around London all the time, but I’ve never actually seen anything like this before. I continued on as I didn’t want to be one of those people who stopped and stared to know what was going on, but my first thought, surprisingly, was a prayer. Now I’m not overly religious, but it was something that automatically happened as I desperately wanted him to be ok and pull through. I then noticed that this persons face had been turned away from the public and his entire front was facing scaffolding/billboard type wall, and they were also not talking to him. This made me come to the sickening realisation that quite possibly something terrible had happened. The whole way back to the office, I was wishing that there was something I could have done to help, even if it was just helping the builders divert the traffic. But there was nothing I could do that would actually help this poor individual. I just hope he/she is ok… even if he doesn’t have a family of his own, he still belongs to a family.

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Yesterday’s blog post… later than planned!

I am a rock

#247: Is it easy for you to ask for help when you need it, or do you prefer to rely only on yourself? Why?

It depends who I’d need/want to ask, as there are obviously people in my life who I feel much closer to and that I feel a lot more comfortable asking for their help. However, when it’s a professional situation, I very much prefer to rely on myself to work it out, which I think is more of an ego thing as I like to prove my capabilities to my colleagues. But if I’ve exhausted all avenues and still can’t work it out, I don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help – it’s the only way to learn! 

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