I’m Glad I Woke Up

It takes all of us to make the world go round

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When I was younger, I left England for a country where I knew no one, absolutely not a soul.

My reasoning behind this move?

I wanted to make something of myself all on my own, without any help or input from anyone.

When I landed at Toronto Airport in Canada, I reserved a room at a hotel in downtown Toronto.

Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well that night because the excitement was very intense to say the least.

Bright and early the next day, I bought a few national newspapers to find more suitable (cheaper) accommodation.

Thankfully, after much searching, and almost giving up hope of finding accommodation that I liked, within two days I moved in to an unfurnished basement of a beautiful house with an outdoor swimming pool, as a tenant to a friendly and courteous young couple with whom I got on with most famously.

With that out of my mind, I spent the next two months earnestly (and desperately) looking for a job as a fashion designer, but to no avail.

I was a graduate of fashion design, I had my own company and labels when I was in England.

But that made zero difference in Canada.

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One night, I was upstairs having a big lobster dinner with my landlords when Sophie informed me that the hotel she was working at had a vacancy for an overnight room service waiter.

My first thought was to say thanks but no thanks. I’m a fashion designer and I’ll do my own job hunting.

But something nagged at me.

And I never ignore my nagging mind.

The next morning I went with her to the hotel, filled an application form, had the interview and landed the job.

All in one day. Before lunchtime.

I was grateful, happy and proud of my accomplishment.

I never worked in a hotel before, yet I got hired on the spot. I guess I had more to offer than I actually realized.

I had always been proud, perhaps far too proud, to ask for or accept help.

Asking or accepting help to me was a sign of weakness, of failure.

But on the way home that day, I realized that it takes all of us to make the world go round.

We are meant to help each other to get ahead and achieve more, and become more.

It was then that I had my full wake-up moment.

Asking or accepting help was not a sign of weakness.

In fact, it is a road sign for personal growth, and without growth we might as well wither into nothingness, into oblivion.

Since that day, I have become an avid ask-and-accept person.

And you know what?

I’m glad I woke up to that reality.

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