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.
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.
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.
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.
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!