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I'm sure you're all as sick of hearing about politics as I am at the moment, so I'm not going to go on and on about it. Instead, I'll just leave you with a few tweets I've come across that sum up my feelings about the whole thing very well.
Day 1 of a new era. However you voted the decision has been made and we need to stick together as a nation to make it work #eurefresults— Kirstie Holland (@KirstieJH) June 24, 2016
Demonising leave voters won't change the result. Demonising others is what brought us here, let's stop & try to understand what divides us.— Helenography (@Helenography) June 24, 2016
Since the general mood in the UK is so low at the moment, with leave and remain voters constantly at each other's throats and the political parties in upheaval, what we need is something to restore our faith in our country.What's happened has happened. Now we need to find the best way to deal with it - together. https://t.co/vtp5DdXPgz— Kettle (@KettleMag) June 24, 2016
I've had a think and put together a list of 20 people who will hopefully restore your faith in the UK and its citizens. And yes, they're all true stories and situations that I've personally encountered. Sometimes the smallest everyday acts of kindness and compassion are the ones that stick in your memory.
So, here's to...
- The man in the pub at his wife's retirement party who bought our drinks for us.
- The friend who came to the concert of an artist he didn't like just so I didn't have to go alone.
- All the people who helped a young woman who nearly fainted on an overcrowded train.
- The teenage boy in McDonald's at midnight who let me have the last strawberry milkshake even though he'd ordered one too.
- The group of girls who regularly take a disabled lady out for lunch.
- The woman on the train who cried when I offered to switch seats so she could sit with her husband.
- All the people who have helped carry pushchairs up and down stairs and on and off trains.
- The girl who spent all her pocket money on cat food for a stray she found.
- The young man on the tube who offered to give up his seat for an elderly lady.
- The Chinese tourist with the big suitcase who did the same.
- The elderly man on the tube who helped us find the quickest way to St Paul's.
- The commuter who stood up to the drunken bully shouting racist abuse at an Asian lady on the tube.
- All the people who rushed to help two elderly ladies when they tripped on an escalator.
- The man outside smoking who offered directions when we were lost in Camden.
- The mature student studying in Cornwall who chatted to me the entire way into London.
- The couple in the arcades who gave the stuffed toy they won to a little kid who kept losing at the claw machines.
- The woman who wrote the eulogy for her little sister's funeral.
- The girl who spent hours on an amazing piece of artwork for her friend's birthday present.
- The lecturer who helped a student at her lowest point.
- The teenage boy who had the courage to ask a girl for a dance.
You are the reason I still have faith in the UK.
Have you encountered any random acts of kindness? Let me know in the comments below!