Ciao Bella…

On February 28th 2015, a homeless woman who happened to be deaf was attacked outside Wanstead Tube station, London, UK. The British Transport Police appealed for help to catch her female attacker… Naturally, the deaf community shared said appeal. We were all relatively hoping the homeless person who was attacked was ok and in safe hands.

The very next morning, a private message stopped me in my tracks. It was about an old friend of mine who once upon a time became my best friend and so it turned out that this homeless woman was the very same person who was set upon. I could not believe it… She had been my best friend and I was in shock. Realising the extent of her current state, it was only then I started to understand why she may have been attacked and so could this be somewhat be a blessing in disguise – to get her the help she so badly needs? But perhaps most importantly, to those who knew her extremely well and oftentimes wondered how she was, she was more or less okay. Considering.

There was a time when she was very much loved by all and we all wanted the best for her yet when she fell in with the wrong crowd that contributed to her downfall and subsequently lost her way, we could not bear to watch any longer. The last straw for me came when her (then) boyfriend threatened to end my life.

As for anyone who resorts to threats and/or violence, there is no excuse for such despicable behaviour…

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about”

So my dear Naomi, if by any chance you are reading this, I hope one day very soon you will be guided your way back to being who you once were, making the most of life and living up to (the very special meaning of) your tattoo. 🙂 Your next tattoo should be that of the stars because it seems to have become so such a dark place for you with only the stars for some illuminating company.

Turning a negative into a positive, you should use these stars to your advantage and navigate your way back home, for home is where the heart is. Xx

~ SJ (Sara Jae)