• Glasgow during Christmas

Christmas, Tragedy and the Solidarity of the People

Normally I don’t ask anything from you so I reckon this is going to be an exception. You see, last Monday six civilians died in a tragic accident in Glasgow when a driver had a heart attack and lost control of his vehicle.

It was only a couple of days before Christmas and the victims of this tragedy were out on the street shopping for their loved ones when they met their demise.

Ever since, I walk every day by the site of the crash and it breaks my heart to see how family members and strangers mourn around the site of the tragedy to bring flowers and light a candle for the deceased. People make Glasgow.

Glasgow IS the people and Glaswegians sure know the value of unity.

A tribute to the fallen ones

A tribute to the fallen ones

What I want to ask you is simple and I hope with all my heart that you will at least try to do so: Hug your family. Hug your friends. Hug that special person that you have a crush on. Hug some strangers even. Just hug someone and tell them how much your appreciate them. Life is too short and it can end at any moment. Don’t waste your time trying to play “What If?”.

Just seize the moment and live your own life to the fullest. Remember you only have one my dear friends.

The streets of Glasgow

The streets of Glasgow

A love letter to Glaswegians

If you ask me, the charm of Glasgow lies not in the sights or the landmarks. To me, the charm of Glasgow is all about the people. “People Make Glasgow” is the slogan of the city and I couldn’t agree more. I was in Glasgow in November 2013 when a Helicopter crashed on the rooftop of a bar and that was the first time that I saw the true spirit of Glasgow: Unity.

It is with a great sadness that I write these words but trust me when I say that tragedies usually bring the best and the worst in people and yet, Glaswegians only know how to bring out the best in them when it comes to helping.

People make Glasgow and Glasgow is beautiful because of the people that inhabit it.

Glasgow Necropolis and Cathedral

Glasgow Necropolis and Cathedral

After the tragic events of this week, people began to leave flowers and messages of love and remembrance in the sites near the crash. Of all those letters, a special one got my eye.

This letter wasn’t written by a politician trying to gain votes or by a celebrity trying to gain fans. No, said letter was written by a humble cab driver, a man no different than you and I, who wanted to express his pain and sympathy towards the people of his home city.

Here is the transcript of said letter:

“It’s the people that make Glasgow. It’s what we say and what we do.
We offer a special warmth, a handshake that is true.

We don’t pull any punches and call a spade a spade,
our people are sincere and that won’t ever fade.

We’re proud of where we came from, some parts they say are though,
but once you get to know them, you know it’s only bluff.

We often pull together, kick fitbaw into touch,
when crisis strike our people, no favour is too much.

Our city stands as one today, when together we can weep,
for those we’ve lost in recent times, the memories we’ll keep.

There is an eerie silence, and Christmas lights are out…
but watch as love surrounds George Square, of that there is no doubt.

It’s time to show the world again, how much we really care…
by showing what we’re made of and saying a little prayer!”

People make Glasgow…and you, my dear readers? You make my Journey of Wonders. And for that I thank for the support you have showed me this past year.

Glasgow during Christmas

Glasgow during Christmas

My Christmas message to You

My dear readers, this Christmas I don’t want you to feel lonely, I don’t want you to be sad. The only thing that I want this Christmas is for you to be glad. Be glad for what you have and appreciate those who love you. Take a look at your table and acknowledged the sacrifices that you’ve all made to be there.

Don’t take life for granted and learn how to treasure each moment as if it were the last. Because one day it will be and there’s nothing we can do about it. Remember those who we have lost in our lives and never forget the life of the ones who are no longer among us.

Memory is the best way to make sure that their deaths were not in vein because it’s a proof that they’re not gone: They live within us in our minds and hearts.

I love you all and I’m sure you’ll be strong enough to endure whatever storm comes your way. Believe in yourself and anything will be possible.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you!

Monday 22 December 2014. Never Forget.

Monday 22 December 2014. Never Forget.

December 28th, 2014|Categories: Travel Inspiration|Tags: |
Raphael Alexander is a Nomadic Digital Marketer and Travel Influencer who overcame the chains of the local economy and found a way to achieve his dream of having a professional life while traveling the world non-stop. His goal in life is to inspire the people of the world to unleash their full inner potential. A perfect day for him includes exotic animals, ancient pyramids, breath-taking waterfalls and tasty tacos. Lots of tacos.

7 Comments

  1. rochkirstin January 4, 2015 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    You are so right about hugging. It’s the perfect gesture for us in the family to show affection aside from just saying how much we appreciate and love one another.

  2. Heather January 4, 2015 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Raphael that was beautifully written. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of those people and the driver who had a heart attack. It only takes an instant and the ones we love can be snatched from us. I will surely hug and kiss my family tonight! Happy New Year!

  3. Eileen January 4, 2015 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    Glasgow looks like such a beautiful city. I’d definitely love to visit it one day.

  4. Rebecca Swenor January 5, 2015 at 12:47 am - Reply

    This is an amazingly inspiring post indeed. It is sad that this accident happened but such a beautiful thing because of the unity and love from all the people. It is so important that we all see how beautiful life is because any of us can be gone in a moment at any time. Thanks for sharing, What a great request.

  5. Myrabev January 5, 2015 at 12:47 am - Reply

    It was a sad day indeed when those six people died as well as when the helicopter crushed into the bar. I remember thinking people just went out for a good drink with friends and that was the result. Life is too short, i love glasgow and every time we there people are always very friendly

  6. Jhady January 5, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    I didn’t know Glasgow is this beautiful. That was sad event but I know that life is short and our very life can be taken anytime. My family makes it a habit to say I love you daily. Can’t get enough of it esp coming from my kids.

  7. Kat B. January 5, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Wow. Your words were really heavy on my heart for a moment. This was sad but inspirational at the same time.

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