The PicTree story
I’m a semi-nomadic graphic designer from Poland. I worked for advertising agencies around the world in search of inspiration and experience. My last proper job was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but I was still hungry for new horizons.
Ten years ago I arrived in Greenwich wondering if this was the right move for me. It seemed like a huge step to take. My son was thrilled with London in the typical enthusiasm of youth, while my mum said she could not understand my life choices.
Every day I would walk in Greenwich Park and sit on the bench debating the pros and cons with myself. It became a habit to sit on this bench and hammer out the arguments for and against Greenwich and I did it daily for a month. Sometimes I was ready to stay. On other days I was ready to give up and leave. After probably 30 or so bench debates I stood up and read the plaque mounted on the backrest. It said:
In loving memory
Brian Patrick O’Dowd
20th May 1959 – 9th September 2002
“…do not give up, you never know what is planned for you”
I read it and instantly took it as a clear sign that I should stay.
And so I stayed.
The strange thing is, I can’t find that bench today, even though I have looked for it many times. There were a few moments when I questioned my sanity, or at least I seriously questioned my memory. Did this actually happen? Did this bench ever exist?
Luckily, I recently found this picture of my bench and it confirmed that it all was as I remembered.
Ten years on I am still here in Greenwich. I can hardly believe it.
I am still loving this borough. It is my benchmark borough for all of London.