For me, I am a person who is always on a constant search for a better self. Being more understanding, more polite, more patient, and most importantly, I think it’s necessary to have awareness. Awareness for the surroundings, and self-awareness for my own behaviour. Without awareness, you might just impatiently wave off an old lady who is just trying to make a living by selling tissue.. or perhaps even didn’t notice that handicapped man with an amputated limb using his fine leg to push his own wheelchair with difficulty. Under these special circumstances – when you meet someone who is less fortunate than you – it is perfect time for you to just lend a helping hand, and be a better version of yourself!
Who Inspires Me to be a better person?
That person would have to be Hammy. I didn’t use to have awareness, after all, it is much easier to just live my own life and do my own thing. Nobody really cares about each other on the streets, maybe that’s why Singaporeans are becoming colder and more self-centred in general, as compared to countries like Taiwan..
How does Hammy inspire me? Let me just raise an example…
I caught this photo of Hammy (the one in red) and posted on my Instagram (@mypeaceofheaven) some time back. The background story goes like this:
@mypeaceofheaven: We stopped by the road to give this elderly a ride to his destination. He was taking mini steps aided by his walker in the hot sun… knees slightly bowed.. When he got in, we talked about where he’s from, why is he taking such a long walk to the food centre, why doesn’t he take a bus? (Judging by how fast he was walking, we calculated that it would take him almost one and half hours to get to the food centre.) He said, walking makes him more fit, and taking the bus is more inconvenient, as he is unable to climb steps. And guess what, he’s 95 years old!!! He’s really cute and kept thanking us.. It warmed us so much yet made us feel pretty helpless because that’s all we could do for him. P.S. Hammy doesn’t know I’m sharing this, cuz he’s the kind who does good things secretly and doesn’t want people to know. But I’m sharing this cuz I’m just so proud of him and his values.. This is why I love this man.
Yep! Hammy stopped by the road to give a random elderly a lift to his destination! I don’t think I can ever forget this incident (though it’s not the only time he did this), because at that very moment when I caught this photo, I felt so proud. Not in a show-off way, but more like happiness, sweetness, pride, love for this person all mixed together. And indeed, his daily actions had inspired me to lend a helping hand whenever I see someone in need, to be a better person.