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Caring Smart Citizens

Robotics for Elderly Care - European Robotics Week - 2016 Amsterdam

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” - Albert Einstein

Accident on bike in street

Yesterday evening I had an accident on my bike, on my way home, in the ice cold streets of Amsterdam :( What happened? At the moment of the accident, I was riding my bike, and my mind was somewhere else. I reached my hand from the steering wheel to my pocket for some reason… I lost control, and my bike wheels slipped.. Instantly, I fell down and slipped over the road with my body. Ouch!!!

“There are no accidents… there is only some purpose that we haven’t yet understood.” - Deepak Chopra

Help from people in surrounding

Falling down was like a slow motion movie. My body and mind were in shock of the instant fall and stop. I screamed so loud because my elbow and knee were hurting like crazy. Immediately people gathered around me to help out. One person lifted the bike up off my body from the ground. Another person kneeled down and held my hands. Someone else joined and supported my back and head. They were taking care of me :)

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” - Dalai Lama

Help from medics on the spot and by phone

More people gathered around me, talking to one another. One of them appeared to be a doctor and checked whether I was conscious. In the mean time, someone was calling the emergency number. Someone else living in the street came down with a glass of water and a blanket. The doctor answered the emergency’s questions. They checked if the ambulance was need or if someone could drive me there. A couple with a car said that they would bring me.

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” - Ronald Reagan

Lucky in unlucky situation

Long story short, I injured my elbow and knee, my skin was damaged and bleeding. The damage could have been much worse. I could have broken my elbow or knee for example. I was lucky in an unlucky situation. “Geluk bij een ongeluk” as the Dutch say :) Not only that, I was pleasantly surprised by the instant caring of people around me. What matters most to me is that you get taken care of by people around you. That people have this feeling of care for others.

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” - Cormac McCarthy

Caring society

This brings me to the topic of smart citizens. For me, smart does not only mean using technology, but mainly a sense of humanity. No matter how technological advanced a society is, if this society has forgotten about humanity, how smart is it? For me, it’s not only about smart citizens, but about caring smart citizens. If we start off with a focus on humanity and then use technology to support our humanity.

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” - Mother Teresa


With everything going on everywhere with everyone… All the news and information we are gathering by watching, listening, and reading online and offline.. It is a matter of choice what information you want to open yourself up to. It is also a matter of choice if you want to be critical or thankful. It is possible to be negative, and also to be positive. I choose to be positive and thankful for everything I have and experience. In this way, you can transform any situation into a valuable one! :D

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” - Oprah Winfrey


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