Would you describe yourself as lucky?? This is a question I have thought long and hard about the last couple of weeks…… And if lucky means being surrounded by wonderful family and friends, having a boy that brings you soup when you’re poorly and working in a job that you actually enjoy 95% of the time I would have to say yes. However, if we are talking about winning the lottery and guessing the correct numbers of marbles in a jar then until last week I would have answered quite a resounding ‘NO’! However let’s start at the beginning….
About a month ago my partner told me about afollower he had on twitter; @wearelucky1. Wearelucky is a project which has been set up by one guy to ‘selectively pass luck and responsibility on to others’ through the unique approach of giving away £1000 a day to strangers with the one stipulation that the money must be spent on something good. There is no formal selection process and encounters are governed by luck. I know what you’re thinking; ‘yeah right!’ but after reading the case studies on http://www.we-are-lucky.com/ I’m sure you will have a change of heart.
Unbeknown to me, the 18th of Aprilwas going to be more than just another rainy Tuesday in London. Having just finished a meeting I was wondering back to Waterloo when a tweet from @tweetedreview caught my eye. Itwas a pub recommendation to @wearelucky1, who were looking for somewhere for a quick pint in Waterloo. Minutes later I get a text from ‘the boy with the soup’ (who may also happen to be the boy behind @tweetedreview) that Wearelucky were in The Wellington Pub and if I happened to be near there I should pop in. After a quick moment of contemplation I decided that since I had both no idea where the pub was and an incredibly bad sense of direction, that it was not meant to be and carried on my merry way, straight past the open door of The Wellington. After having a ‘hold on a minute’ moment and spurned on by the boy, I ventured into the pub and had quick glance around before nerves got the better of me and back out I went. I then stood outside for a good couple of minutes thinking “ok so you might go up to the wrong person and make a fool of yourself but apart from that what’s the worst that could happen?”and so back I went. Based on the fact that only one table had a laptop withthem I walked up, introduced myself and asked if they happened to be involved in the project.
As it turned out these lovely gentlemen were.I then explained how I knew they were there, that I thought what they were doing was amazing and asked how their day was going? After a brief chat about their chosen lucky people of the day I was shown one of invitations that they were giving out, with the simple request ‘£1000 is yours, you just have to do something good with it’ I then tried to give it back (promise!) but was told that I was to be one of the lucky recipients of the day and that I had 48hrs to think about how I would spend £1000 to do good. Now at this point maybe I should have said thank you and left, however not being known for my quiet temperament I piped up “I already know what I would do with it” and promptly moved onto to explain that I set up my own mini charity a couple of years ago called Straight Aims. The aim of the charity is to have a direct impact on improving the provision of education and we were lucky enoughto raise enough money so that I could go over to Ethiopia and teach within a wonderful school called English Alive Academy for a few weeks in 2010. However, since then it has all come to a bit of standstill, it turns out thatrunning a charity is a lot harder than I thought! I therefore explained that if I was lucky enough to receive the money, that it would go towards one of the wonderful projects that English Academy Alive are currently trying to implement. Anyway, after explaining all of this, Wearelucky then proceeded to root in their bag and present me with a second envelope, can you guess what was in it?! Yep, £1000 in cash! Now at this point it all getsa bit fuzzy, even now I have absolutely no idea how I responded (lets hope that the word thank you was involved though) What followed was awhirlwind of photographs, tweeting, thanks and the guys explaining that they had to rush off to meet their next lucky person.
So I left and suddenly my phone rang and beeped numerous times, mainly the boy asking “what’s goingon?” “are you really there?” etc. I then proceeded to phone my parents, director and basically anyone else I could think of at the time to tell them the very random and amazing story. Once I had finally calmed down I had a look at the questions that Wearelucky had given me, which they ask you to answer and then put in a case study. If you want to read all of the answers have a look at www.wearelucky.com but the one that stood out to me most I will share. It asked: do you feel lucky or responsible? In response I would have to say both. I feel incredibly lucky that I found myself in the right place at theright time. However, I also believe in karma at that if you try to be a good person then good things will happen one day, and maybe on that rainy Tuesday I was put in the right place at the right time on behalf of English Academy Alive. On the other hand although £1000 may not change the world (although it may do if I have my say), being given the money is a great responsibility. I have been given the challenge by Wearelucky to ensure that every pound I spend makes a difference to someone, somewhere and that is not something to be taken lightly. I am now two weeks into being a lucky person and so far I have brought a number of small presents to send across to English Academy Alive, however the real challenge is how £1000 can really make a difference and as Wearelucky soa ptly put it ‘do good’.