We decided to make another trip to the local supermarket. I could have been reckless and bought items that I did not need, but I decided to replace what was missing from the cupboards.
As soon as we returned home, I cooked some pasta in sauce, followed by some porridge as I knew that I would be coming in late on this day…
…I took my thermal cup with me and filled it with water,lemon, honey and ginger.
Monday is always radio station day, but for some reason I felt slightly more nervous than usual. All day I had been thinking about all the things I could have done and felt angry for not pursuing my passion. I had uploaded a video previously in regards to this, but I now felt like it was another person that had made the video…
..But, I still stand by my opinion. You have to exercise your freedom of expression and choice fully, as it will lead to bigger and better things. An open-minded person creates a multitude of options as they do not put barriers in the way of opportunities. This is a key trait to have if you are struggling to live a life free of poverty.
Many of us choose to remove ourselves from reality temporarily, to escape our mundane world. For some, the quick fix is to take a pill to slip away into a tranquil consciousness. This is prevalent within communities that have a high percentage of families and individuals that live in destitution.
I, however, had not come across someone so young that felt this way..
…until that day.
His eyes were so wide, I can only describe him as looking like someone from Michael Jackson’s thriller video. How can a young man feel so disheartened by the realities of life that they would need to take a drug which is commonly used within the nightclub scene….ALONE!?
I sincerely hope that others from the younger generation do not resort to this type of escapism, as they should feel confident enough to address their issues to people who can help them to find solutions.
The next day I decided to eat some scrambled eggs and dumplings for breakfast. I’m starting to be careless with the measurements as I realize that the challenge will be over soon. I do not have any eggs left, so I will only be able to eat porridge in the mornings.
Later that evening we packaged toys as we accepted an offer for them. We were always conscious of the fact that we want to offer our children more than what we had when we were younger - I think this is common with most parents who grew up with little or nothing.
Being over-generous can sometimes have a detrimental impact on children as they may not value their possessions if we are willing to inundate them with gifts that they do not necessarily need. My aim is to have a balance but my disposition can often cloud my judgement when it comes to making an executive decision.
This notion has been at the forefront of my thoughts all week. Our home has been turned upside down in an attempt to sift through the belongings that are no longer needed. In the process of doing this, we found some stuff that has been in the cupboards for at least 3 years!
I also found a bag of 3D glasses that were given to us by a tesco representative. I’m not sure why they gave us 8 pairs, but the Harry Potter style glasses looked quite cool :-)
One of the items that we will not be throwing way is a newspaper from 2010. Funnily enough, it has an article on poverty. At the time, they stated that families in poverty was on the rise. It mentioned that Ealing, Acton and Shepherd’s Bush fared worst, with 58% of households deemed struggling, with either the sole parent or both parents effected.
Another statistic that cannot go unnoticed is the rise in young adults who choose to drive without a licence, tax, MOT or insurance. I met an individual who took the risk to do this, despite the advice that was given to them on numerous occasions. It turns out that this person had their car taken away from them by the police. Apparently, research shows that the combination of youth and inexperience puts younger drivers at high risk. I also think that peer pressure and ego plays a part too.
Most young adults do not want to pay for the old person that they will eventually become, as some do not envisage the possibility of earning an honest living so they turn to the streets and push illicit drugs or steal to fund their lifestyle. Some may say that this is due to a lack of parental guidance. But in a situation where mothers and fathers have to work excessively to ensure that they can offer their children a favorable way of life, should they take the full brunt of the blame?
I grew up at a time where most youth clubs were open Monday to Sunday. If I, or any other person stepped out of line, we were shown the errors of our ways by the youth leaders. I can only really speak for myself, but…I never once thought to call my parents to say that I was upset by what the youth works had said to me. I remember on one occasion I sprayed fart gas on someone, and a youth worker sprayed it on me to show me why I was wrong to do it. The same cant be said for the youth of today as they have limited resources to congregate in a supervised environment. Is this why some youths act so irrationally?
We have government run play centers neighbouring private childcare organizations in the same building with separate opening times. How is this justified?
I am now anticipating living my life outside of the parameters that have been made to promote awareness for poverty. One thing is for sure - having the luxury of multiple options has it’s downsides too. I am more approachable, as I had limited access to the PC which mean’t that I had more time to speak with family members and friends which is a time that I truly treasure.
They say that we cannot help everyone, but I do not not believe this. We can all help each other, even if you think that it is not needed…Others will appreciate it. I have taken a past friendship for granted, and it has made me into the person I am today. We all have a role in how we can make a difference, especially in our own communities.
I had a dream where I was on a field with my close friend, Phil. We could see countless headstones and I turned and said to him ”That is us in years to come!”
My point is….Why wait for something to happen, MAKE it happen. Our life in this world is limited, and we cannot wait for opportunities to come to us. As they say ”Knowledge is power!” - and you don’t necessarily have to pay for it. MOOC-List offers a variety of open online courses. Some of which are not accredited, but if you need a place to gain wisdom, look no further.
I met a breakdown recovery worker who has lived in the UK for only 10 years. He started off with little money and knowledge, and now he is due to be moving into his own property by the coast as he will be starting a new job with Jaguar Land Rover. He believed, and now he’s achieved his goal.
We are no different to those who live in poverty, as we were all born under the same sky. More resources are needed, and I intend on putting my view out there.
We can end poverty providing that we all have the same outlook….FREEDOM!
“Stand up for something, even if it means standing alone. Because often times, the one who flies solo has the strongest wings.”