Life always surprises us the moments when we least expect it. Today wasn’t my best day and the weather definitely did not work in my favor, but still, I decided to go for a walk. Then I came across this beautiful newlywed couple that was doing a photoshoot the creativity of which supercharged my day! They were radiating so much happiness and joy that a piece of it came to me as well 😀 I even got asked to take a picture of them and their photographers! And just like that I became a small happy part of their wedding day 🙂
A few days ago, I was attacked by a stranger on the street – one of those experiences that are somehow too bizarre to be true. Luckily the whole story had a fortunate outcome – a helpful witness, polite policemen, very caring medical staff and most importantly- a perpetrator who admitted what he did (!). And, last but not least- I am not seriously injured :).
In the aftermath- the man who hit me is currently under arrest and the outcome of the case will soon be known. My assumption is that he had a mental illness.
As weird as this story is, it is not what matters most to me. What does, is the learning behind it which is linked to safety.
This incident made me think about all those parts of the world where random violence and aggression are a way of life and the word “safety” resembles very vaguely its meaning as we know it. And I felt so grateful to be able live in a safe community where such incidents are considered as unusual and rare- something that we usually take almost for granted. And at the same time, I could feel so much for all those who don`t have that privilege and who spend their lives in horror and fear.
It also made me think about people with mental illness, people who are not even feeling safe in their own bodies because of their fragile mental state, who are in so much pain and delusion that they even hurt others. I don`t think these people deserve any anger, but only compassion.
I don`t feel any anger towards the person who attacked me- I hope he is getting the help that he needs and I am very grateful for the important lesson that I learned on that day- to appreciate our safety and to reach out and try to be of help to others who are not safe.
As a start, I am sharing my story. You stay safe and spread the word!
P.S: The picture above is a part of the amazing work “The caged bird`s song” by Chris Ofili which is currently on display in the London National Gallery.
Most of us must have heard this joyful little tune:
“Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream”
The inspirational speaker PrinceEa gives a refreshing and very profound interpretation of it in the video below which I think is a perfect way to greet the new week.
Our boat is our body and the stream is our life. It is only us who can navigate our boat and nobody can do it for us. Rowing down the stream (not against it) is how we should live our lives- and we should aim to do it with joy, carelessly and merrily as in the end – life is an illusion 🙂 So row your boats with joy and go with the flow!