Yesterday at the marketplace, I saw this elderly who was rummaging through the vegetables discarded by the stall owners at along the alley. His silhouette of a hunchback elderly, attentively looking out for anyway vegetables that could be eaten really aches my heart.
You know why i went to the marketplace? To go to the handphone repair shop to repair my iphone 4. I was thoroughly guilty and embarrassed of myself at that juncture. To think I was spending $50 in one go to fix my iPhone instead of lending a helping hand to this old man. Actually, even if i spend the money to let him buy proper vegetables everyday, i wonder if that would hurt his pride. But when i am able to earn a keep for myself, I promise to help elderlies in this society who needs help from us. I am definitely not doing so for people to admire me or whatever, I don’t even intend to let others know about it when I am doing so in the future. I believe doing things like this isn’t being kind to them, but just putting ourselves in their shoes and understand them and help them. As a friend.
Materialistic society is what evolves from success after hardships. The ability to be ignorant of people like that elderly really aches my heart. As far as i know, everyday, without fail, he would go there and pick the vegetables. Singapore, a first world country still has people like this who needs us to help, I STRONGLY believe we can do more about them. I simply dont understand how people can turn a blind eye to things like this.
Whats worse? Once, i asked my seniors and friends: do you think there are poor people in singapore? the definition of poor being not having enough to eat everyday. Sadly and horrifyingly, quite a number of them replied the horrendous “No”.
As we are stepping onto the path of economic success, are we doing anything for the society? All i see is rich schoolmates spending a crappy amount of money on branded handbags. Really, I won’t want to do that. When i’m more independent, i promise to this society that i would contribute more to the society and be a volunteer for societies that think of people like that old man.
For them to reply no, they are extremely sure they haven’t seen anybody who are scavenging for food. However, I see them in the news and in the marketplace pretty frequently. As much as it makes me feel poignant about the current situation, I feel a strong urge within me that is telling me that I really need to do something for the society. On top of that, im grateful that these makes me feel sheer content about my life. I think its a more positive mindset than my friends thinking that they are lacking an iPhone 5, a Converse sneaker, a New iPad, a new replacement of everything in their lives.
The word “content” really holds a significant meaning in my life.
Thank you, Uncle, you made me thoroughly reflect on my own demeanour. You, are the saviour of my life. Of a true life that I really think i should lead instead of an extravagent one. A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU, I REALLY HOPE YOU CONTINUE TO LIVE WELL.0
Idk. But i think i have gotten a new best friend! Now i have two! but still, hope no jealousy or smth. LOL0