I want to share a little bit about my experience as a volunteer for Crisis, a UK charity that works with homeless people.
Every Christmas they conditioned a school in different areas in London to support homeless people through the Christmas period. The centres are open for nine days from 22 – 30 December, offering food, company and feel-good services such as hairdressing and massage, entertainment and fun, along with crucial advice and health services.
Volunteering has been in my mind since ages but for one reason or another (excuses) never did it. 2013 was a strange year for me, we all have ups and downs but for some personal reasons I had moments where I felt really down to the point of not having energy even to do simple tasks, when you are depressed you can only see a grey shadow in front of you and you can't see beyond that. I knew it was temporary but when you are like that it's painful and it was strange the fact I wasn't enjoying the things I love doing. You have no idea how many times I wanted to stop blogging, but something inside me kept telling me to hold on, everything pass and now I'm in a much better state of mind and I feel so grateful for all I have and all the projects and dreams I want to achieve in 2014. I feel full of positive energy :)
One of the things I want to start doing is helping others. You don't have to do a lot of things or gave up a lot of your time to do it. I think little things help. So, for this Christmas I applied to help as general volunteer, it was only for a couple of days but I'm so glad I did and I will defiantly do it again next year and also this experience has motivated me to do more things through the year too.
I think there is a lot of stigma with homeless people and a lot people think all homeless are lazy, drunks, junkies or crazy people. I would say the majority of them are people like you and me, they had a house and a job. I talked with a few of them and they were all intelligent and capable people who have travelled and for some reason the ones I spoke knew a lot about history. No all are living on the streets some of them lost their house but they are staying with friends or in a hostel, for one reason or another they lost their homes, a year of very bad luck and this could happened to you and me.
It is a shame the so many of us take so many things we have for granted and we don't see how lucky we are compared with others. Right now what I can do is to be grateful and happy of all the blessings I have in my life, I want to enjoy life and the beauty of the little things and for sure give a little back for all the love and beautiful things I have in my life right now....
Happy New Year! Love and Peace for the next year!