I will try to make this as short as I can but please read it till the end.
I've always believed that God created us with the power to change people's lives. It's been my dream for as long as I can remember to touch hearts and heal souls. Any kind of change whether its emotional, physical, mental or spiritual felt good enough for me. I love the fact that I can make people happy in any form even if it's just for an hour of their lives. If I can make them feel valued, good about themselves or bring a smile to a sour face. That to me is worthwhile.
I'm born and raised in Egypt and if there's one thing I've noticed growing up is how the gap between social classes has been growing as much throughout the years. We've reached a point where we no longer think of people who are less fortunate as humans. We treat them like they're less, we make them feel unwanted and on the very rare occasions where we do approach them, we're rude.
Keeping in mind those two points, For the last 3 weeks I've been coming up to random people on the streets and inviting them to a meal or a drink and having a chat. The sole purpose of this is to make people happy, feel valued and make them feel that they matter because they do.
Yesterday, I met Ahmed. He's 70 years old. He's originally from Qalyubia and he's a street sweeper. That's been his job for the past 30 years. He commutes everyday to Cairo and back home every night because he can't afford to permanently live in Cairo. He's the eldest of 5 siblings and he dropped out of school when he was eight because his dad died and he had to work. He has 7 daughters and 9 grandchildren. We shared lunch and talked for almost an hour. Ahmed was shocked yet overjoyed when I asked if I can sit and eat with him. While talking he mentioned that people always look down on him, how they've treated him with arrogance and an offensive behaviour of superiority. When I asked someone to take a picture of us he introduced me to them as 'daughter No. 8' which left me at a loss for words.
It's an enlightening, overwhelming and life-changing experience/feeling. I left yesterday almost in tears as I was really touched by his reaction and his words. I can only hope that everyone experiences what it feels like, to be someone who makes everybody feel like somebody. To brighten up their day. To give them hope that there's still goodness in this world. Don't ever be afraid of giving. Give of your time, your understanding and most importantly your love. I pray that I continue to spread happiness, kindness and love for as long as I live and if the essence of my being has caused a smile upon someone's face or a touch of joy within their heart. Then in living- I have left my mark.