In 2020, we’ve all learnt some lessons, but the biggest one, I think, is the importance of a strong community; getting to know the people in your neighbourhood, and knowing that you’ve got support if you find yourself in a crisis.
The other big one is being really grateful for what you have in life. When you practice gratitude, you’re more likely to show acts of kindness, which will then lead others to show acts of kindness. That’s the true notion of paying it forward really – everybody benefits.
It’s why we started Eddie’s Meals, our community food kitchen. There was so much loneliness and isolation in our community – a lot of people were doing it tough. My family and I have a blessed life, which we wanted to share with others. So, every Friday we cook up a big meal with our wonderful volunteers, and we sit down and have a chat with everyone who turns up. We make it an occasion and something to look forward to.