When I was a kid, I would break in and smoke on the top of the tallest local building block on the estate and look at The City. In the distance, you’d see all these glass buildings, and wonder, what happens there? Who works there? What do they do? How do earn a living? And what do you need to do to have the top office?
I was looking at what I now know to be The Gherkin.
Who knew that one day, thanks to an event with Coutts through Arrival Education, I would be inside the Gherkin looking back across to my estate?
I was looking back at my estate, but also my past in a way. It allowed me to reflect on the distance I had travelled. It gave me some perspective.
I made a decision to do more than simply accept the ‘hand’ I was dealt. I wanted to be successful in spite of all the voices, who said I would never amount to much, waiting for me to slip back. It’s hard to break out. It takes courage to break the cycles.
I no longer was willing to be poor. I stopped wasting time. I didn’t want my children to see or do the things I’ve seen or done, in order to feed my family. It brutalises you. I think it took Arrival a long time to help me be open. To stop being so angry. Stop being such a smart-ass!