Wednesday 20th June 2012, Charing Cross, London.
I bounded down the steps of the bookshop and straight into a beautiful Wearelucky scenario. I love rewarding a good deed, but they're so hard to spot when you're actively searching for them. Trust me, I know! But this one played out right in front me. Some fella had dropped his phone a few streets away, Noelia had seen it fall, ran to pick it up and chased after him to return it. The bloke was thrilled to get his property back and thanked Noelia profusely before setting off again. Noelia just smiled and went on her way. I couldn't believe it! Perfect serendipity!
When I caught up with Noelia and tried to explain what I was up to, she smiled sweetly and looked around for a hidden TV camera. She was sure that I had set up the whole scenario and it was just some kind of prank, but I eventually managed to convince her of the truth. I suppose seeing the envelope full of cash would have gone a long way to erasing any doubts from her mind. We talked for a while then turned off the high street to take a few snaps. Her fantastic smile made for some pretty cool shots.
As she wandered off with her friend I felt so happy to have been able to find a Lucky Person who had done something good without any thought for their own gain. Later in the day, as I continued searching for good deeds, I spotted a blind fella waiting to cross a busy road. Not one person offered to help him and I find that staggering. It saddens me that so many people don't realise that doing something very simple for someone else can feel so good.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
The first idea which came in to my head was that I was involved in a TV experiment. It is unbelievable that somebody would give me money just because I did what I should do. It took me quite time to trust this project and I felt confused about the real aim. Nowadays we always tend to think negatively about something like that, especially when money is involved.
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
Basically there are too many things in my mind. My first thought and my utopia would be to create a big online platform where the people could exchange either favours, or their own needs for free without money involved. Let's say for instance an unemployed painter needs a haircut but he doesn't have money to do it, he could trade it with a hairdresser in need of a painter. Therefore everyone can provide something positive. My second idea was to take part in a volunteer program and travel to Brazil and perhaps to donate there, but I am Spanish and with the critical economic situation in Spain, I think I should donate closer to home. I know people without food, and I realise it won't be a good remedy, because the help will be short-term, so perhaps I'll keep some back for a better opportunity.
3. Is it important to get something back and why?
It's more important to be recognised by someone else. My parents taught me to be honest and do good deeds, but when I've lost my own phone in the past, nobody has helped me. It makes you question your actions.
4. Did you feel lucky or responsible?
At first I felt very lucky but now I feel very responsible because it doesn't seem like my money. People are expecting me to make a promise to help society progress and I want to do my best. But when I look around, everyone seems to need the money, so where do I start?