I really do think it’s easy to find comfort in strangers, and I’m not sure why. I’m always open for conversation with a friendly face, there’s something endearing about hearing people’s stories even if only for a brief moment. There is also a lot to be learned from a simple opinion from that of another just in passing. This may be because how can you learn about yourself if you do not listen to others?
Well this morning the subway was a mess during my morning commute, everyone was angry and frustrated. It was no where near the end of the world but people carried on as such. A bunch of people got off at one stop because the train would be turning into another route, but lucky for me would still get me where I needed to be.
An older lady sitting across from me probably around 55-60 years old just started to talk to me and other lady sitting near by. She said “ya know, don’t sweat the small stuff, this is Manhattan, the buildings are big enough”… a common phrase with her own flare. This woman had such a great disposition and really brighten my rainy day.
We ended up walking the same way and she told me how she’s lived in New York for 50 years and how she’ll keep working until the day she can’t leave her house. She had such a positive outlook on life, even though we only talked for about 10 minutes I got that vibe. This lady was awesome.
I urge you all to find someone and hear their story, I’m almost positive it will give you great insight, and perhaps even brighten your day!
All political views and opinions aside, yesterday at approximately 6:30 AM I experienced a great sense of pride and excitement. These feelings were not induced by my choice in presidential candidate, but rather the feeling of being an American. I do not remember the feeling being as strong when I voted in the last election in 2004, perhaps because this election was much more involved and “historic” as the media calls it.
But I truly felt great about having a say in who runs our country, not very many people can say that. And sure is our political system flawed, and maybe a little unfair, of course, but that des not take away the pride one should feel in having the right to vote. I mean, people fought for this right, even died for it.
Yesterday at the polls I felt that, and I felt sorry for anyone who does not vote for whatever reason. I will never criticize someone for not voting, because as much as it is your right to vote, there is all the right to not vote. However, I think that perhaps these people forget the importance of path that was made for them.
Maybe one year we can all be reminded of this and take pride in the country that we live in and forget about the he said/she said’s and reflect on why we are such a great country because of the rights that we do have.
In short, USA FTW!