I was thinking today about a random event in my adolescence. I’m not really sure why I thought about this time. Sometimes I think of something and that reminds me of another thing and then that reminds me of something else. It soon becomes so random that I can hardly connect back to the origin of my thoughts.
If I remember correctly, I was around thirteen or fourteen years old when my sister and I headed south on a shopping trip. Somehow, I must have either collected enough money to go shopping or begged my dad to give me some for the trip. If we asked, he usually gave in. My sister had gotten her license not too long before, so it was kind of like one of our first big trips without the parents.
The city is about 45 minutes from my hometown. I think it has about 100,000 people, give or take, but I’m not really that certain. Needless to say, it felt like a metropolis compared to our home of only 5,000 people. I am proud to say, since then I have been to MUCH larger cities.
We got there and I remember it being a sunny day, which made it great for shopping. We went to the mall for awhile first and I have no idea what I bought there. Then we went to a shoe store across from the mall. I wanted to buy these really ridiculous looking Sketchers, which everyone thought were totally cool at the time. I found them there for a great bargain and bought them. My sister wanted to look more, so I sat in a chair while she tried on shoes. It wasn’t long before she got tired and decided that we should start heading home. I grabbed my shoes and we headed out to the car. It seriously wasn’t even a minute before I went into panic mode, realizing that I had left my purse inside the store. I ran back to go inside, but first running into a man in a black shirt with a blue dragon on the front. He was in quite the hurry.
I was amazed to find my purse sitting where I had left it. I was not amazed to see that the wallet was missing, though. Luckily, I didn’t have any credit or debit cards at the time and only about $7 in cash. It was the fact that he took something that was mine. I really loved that wallet. I specifically asked for it for Christmas and was so happy to actually get it. I felt like my privacy was violated. Not to mention, he took my Alien driver’s license along with it 😉 Looking back, I’m pretty certain the guy I ran into at the front door was the man who stole my wallet. It ruined what could have been a great day.
The point of this random tale is that our actions directly affect those around us. I kind of wonder what would have changed if that man hadn’t stolen my wallet. Maybe nothing, but maybe something. It sure made me more aware of where I leave my personal belongings. Maybe it left him feeling guilty. Despite the outcome, we were both affected.
This is why I have decided that what we say and what we do should be positive and should be directed not toward ourselves and our own interests, but those around us too. I am taking it upon myself to be a better person, not throw my problems onto everyone else (although sometimes I find some people to be the problems).
Buy your coworker lunch, help that elderly woman in the grocery store lug that bag of dog food from her cart, sincerely compliment someone, a loved one, a stranger, it doesn’t matter! Just take the time to forget yourself and your “needs” and venture out of your comfort zone and help someone. Trust me, paying for someone’s lunch unexpectedly or taking on more duties at work to help someone else out will impact your relationships for the better.
Be like that flower (which is seriously the coolest picture I’ve ever taken) and let your beauty shine.
Be an amazing person 🙂