Day 1 in Toronto
It was a cool, rainy morning when I finally arrived in Toronto, for the second leg of my kindness tour.
The weather quickly brightened up, allowing me to go and do the business of random acts of kindness.
First, stop was Starbucks for some warm coffee whilst I gathered my thoughts and people watched. With less than 48hrs in this beautiful city, I quickly had to figure out the way things worked, from learning the currency and how to get a taxi (not as easy as it seems).
I had a nice welcome from Starbucks, the barrister wouldn't let me pay for my coffee and caramel waffles insisting this treat was on the house. Like they say what goes around comes around, thanks Starbucks.
I was fortunate enough to stay by the harbour. I love water, though I am not a big fan of swimming but I adore being near water. My location was central making it easy to walk to all the major spots in downtown, including the Roger's centre, China town and more.
My passion ignited
After, spending the afternoon spreading hundreds of nice notes around, I stumbled upon this park that told a story about this guy called Terry. The picture below was the 1st thing I read about him.
This was a guy after my own heart, I was inspired by the fact that although he was ill, he managed to write and send over 100,000 letters and drawings to children. Intrigued, I decided to go round the park, to read about this amazing person and take pictures of his story to share with you.
I am always amazed at what people can achieve when facing death. I think the realisation that we are not as invincible as we all think, makes people want to achieve as much as possible and leave a mark on this world.
I wonder how much human potential goes wasted everyday by people not giving the best of themselves because of the promise of better tomorrow.
I always ponder on the thought of how much more, we would apply ourselves if we were told our days would be cut short due to an illness. I wonder if this news would ignite our passions to come alive and to motivate us to create amazing legacies.
Does the promise of another day, another year extinguish our passions along with the endless possibilities of self expression. It's a shame that things like cancer or terminal illnesses are the things that give people that hunger to live and be alive today. The hunger to want to inspire others to become alive too, the drive to leave something behind for others to remember that we were here.
Go and be the best you can be today. The world needs more people who have a hunger for life People who are inspired. Make today count, please!