I've noticed a lot more beggars on the street these days...some sit with signs that say "HOMELESS AND HUNGRY", some directly approach you when you're buying a train ticket and ask for spare change. If I'm out in the city, it happens everyday...the only problem is I'm in no position to help...sometimes they look at me, form an assumption that I am well off and I have to look them in the eye and say "sorry but I don't have a job and I'm a student relying on my folks." I definitely do not feel comfortable or entitled to give away money that's not mine!
Until the day that this changes (and I make my modest fortune)...I thought...hmm maybe I could just carry some snacks or something in my bag...cos if they really ARE hungry and not just drug addicts trying to get their next hit, they will appreciate an offer of food too...and in this cold weather even a sugar/energy hit would be helpful...and boy do I have such a huge lolly stash I should not be eating all alone!!!
Actually even if I was well off I'd much prefer to donate in kind, cos I really do think that many of these people given money would spend it on alcohol, cigarettes and drugs rather than accommodation or proper food...
I notice it already in young traveller friends...who spend down to their last $2 so have no money for proper food or transport because they had a big night Friday and spent all their money on cigarettes and alcohol...SO IRRESPONSIBLE!
In life update, I am busy HAVING FUN :) I think I was raised in such a strict success driven work obsessed "fun is not productive, not allowed" style environment that I actually consciously have to remind myself it is okay to enjoy yourself especially in your holidays :P
The weather has been great too...I'm loving being able to go walkies at the beach :-D
THE GO-BETWEENS/The Clarke Sisters(Live) - OH. MY. GOD. WHERE...HAVE I BEEEEEEEEEEEEEN??!! Somehow in the last few years a whole heap of The Go-Betweens stuff has finally emerged on Youtube. Fanta...
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