It was a humbling and inspiring encounter. On my way home on the train this evening, a young stranger, Abigail, sat next to me. As the journey progressed, she shared something of her work with young people. Abigail is a street dance and ballet tutor who runs a street level outreach charity as a social work venture to help young people stay out of trouble and reach their potential.
I was immediately impressed by her passion, her deep desire to make a difference in people’s lives, people at risk of falling into personally and socially destructive patterns of behaviour. I was also impressed by her depth of insight and understanding, both of the young people she works with and of the psychological/social work and business principles that undergird her practice.
I’m continually amazed by some of the people I have the privilege to meet. This person, Abigail, turned a routine journey home into an inspiring adventure as she sparked my imagination and challenged my risk of complacency by her own raw passion and determination. Do you ever find yourself yearning for fresh challenge and inspiration? Look out for this girl when you’re next on a train.
Nick is a psychological coach, OD consultant and trainer, specialising in critical reflective practice.