The main focus of this vlog is something which happened recently to me, I was travelling to Edinburgh on the train and overheard a few Americans in front of me asking people how to get to the Royal Mile. As I got off the train I offered to show them where to go since it was on my route and as we were walking there I gave them tips and advise on things they could do in Edinburgh.
As I was about to leave one of them put two £5 notes in my hand, I didn't want to take them but they insisted. I felt a bit weird about that, and so when I got to the office I asked some of my colleagues what I should do, I eventually decided I would "pay it forward".
So later that day on my way back to the train station I stopped and sat next to a guy sitting in a doorway reading a book, he had a change box and I asked him what his situation was, he said he lost his parents and a relationship he was in broke down, he said he didn't like to impose on people so found himself homeless and was trying to get his life back on track. I asked him what he was doing today and he said he was just trying to get enough money to eat tonight, so I decided to give him the money. He was very grateful and I'm glad I could do something to help someone less fortunate.
Doing that really makes you realise how fortunate you are, there's often a stereotype around homeless people that are there because they want to be, but the truth is most are there because they have no other option, and next time I pass a homeless person in the street I'll think twice about just continuing on with my life. To me £10 was nothing, but to him £10 meant he could eat tonight without worrying about being hungry, and I think there's an important lesson for us all there.
In addition in this vlog I had breakfast with my Granddad, I went back over to Edinburgh with my parents to walk along the Edinburgh Meadows and through the University of Edinburgh Central Campus, while there we stopped off at George Square at the Edinburgh Food Festival, then walked up to Old College to have a look around.
- Memories by bensound.com