As I'm sitting in Kimo Bean editing photos and writing this blog post, there's a homeless man laying on the sidewalk right outside of the window. At first, I was repulsed, wondering how someone could just lay on the sidewalk where others are walking by. I judged him and looked down on him. I noticed that he had a hard time getting up...he could barely stand, and when he finally got up, he looked so weak. I've been sitting here for a few hours now and I saw a few people give him money and one man stopped to talk to him. The conversation went on for a good half hour or so. There was a security guard enjoying his coffee a few feet from me, and the man speaking to the homeless man came in and started talking to the security guard. He told him that the homeless man outside is a former pilot and has been battling cancer. At some point last night his wheelchair was stolen from him, which contained all his belongings and was basically his home. This man said he has paid over $2,000 for this homeless man to keep that wheelchair. He said this homeless man is at the end of his life and that wheelchair was all he had left. I could not have felt more disgusted with myself for being so quick to judge someone. It's sad how fast humans are to judge others. We judge someone based off of their appearance and actions without knowing anything about them. I like to think I don't judge others, but today proved that I in fact am quick to judge people sometimes. Knowing some of this man's story put everything into a new perspective for me. I saw him through different eyes and started observing other people as they walked by, seeing how they reacted broke my heart. Some people had such looks of disgust on their faces, shaking their heads as they walked past. Others stopped and just stared...It's so awful and I wish I could do something to help. The least I could've done was not be so quick to judge him, and I couldn't even do that. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle." I always tell myself this, but I never seem to remember it and act on it. Yet another goal for me and everyone else reading this. Let this be a reminder that people aren't always what they seem.
Edited some photos from Trafalgar Square and Oxford today. Enjoy!